Doctoral Researcher in Psychology
University of Luxembourg

Doctoral researcher (PhD) in psychology


The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

Description of the Action:

SURREAL (Systems approach of urban environments and health) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) action funded by the European Commission, which started as of January 2021. The network will employ 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR students) for a 3 years’ high quality interdisciplinary and intersectoral PhD training. The aim of the action is to deliver a unique, creative and single training network for 15 ESR students working on an improved understanding of the urban health system's complexity, and on co-designing and applying adequate interventions in the system. The action will draw upon interactions between academic disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, human movement science, psychology, sociology, geography, and urban planning and a wide range of entities such as medical centres, public authorities, firms, and NGOs as well as citizens. Equipped with this expertise and supported by innovative training formats, such as Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP), SURREAL trains the next generation of professionals in urban health.

The Team:

The consortium is composed of 10 universities and research institutes joining forces with 20 partner organizations. Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research - LISER (LU) (Martin Dijst) is the managing coordinator in the project. The other beneficiaries are Université du Luxembourg - (LU), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale – INSERM (FR), Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht - UMC UTRECHT (NL), Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam - ERASMUS MC (NL), Wageningen University – WU (NL), Universiteit Hasselt – UHASSELT (BE), Tel Aviv University – TAU (IL), Fundacion Privada Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona - ISGLOBAL (ES) and Tartu Ülikool – UTARTU (EE). The partner organizations are located in The Netherlands, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Israel, Spain, France, UK, and Estonia.

Your Role

Project Description:

This project will investigate the effects of exposure to green spaces versus the built environment on indicators of physical and mental health (e.g. stress reactivity, mental well-being, cell-ageing) for different SES. This will involve an examination of the interaction between environmental factors and health behaviours (i.e. physical activity in a nature environment) affecting behaviour change processes using established health behaviour change frameworks to increase physical activity in a nature-rich environment. The project will include experimental (laboratory-based) and quasi-experimental (field-based) designs to compare nudge and boost interventions in terms of their efficacy and acceptance by SES.

Project Title: “Effects of exposure to green spaces versus the built environment on physical and mental health differentiated by SES”



Your Profile

Required Diploma:

  • Master in Psychology or related field

Required Research Experience:

  • Knowledge of and / or experience with experimental-psychological research designs, including measurement of health and well-being using self-report and physiological indicators
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with behavioural intervention trials
  • Quantitative statistics


  • Strong motivation to engage in interdisciplinary and intersectoral network wide training activities
  • Willingness to closely collaborate with other academic disciplines and societal stakeholders
  • Willingness to participate in two internships 
  • Willingness to participate in network-wide training events, and to communication, dissemination and engaging activities
  • Fluent in English, both written as well as oral
  • Skills in academic writing and reporting
  • Good organizational skills, good communications skills
  • Ability to take own initiatives as well as work in groups to solve complex problems

Eligibility Criteria

If you are interested in this ESR project, you are required to:

  • be working exclusively for the action; AND
  • not have resided AND not have carried out your main activity (work, studies) in Luxembourg for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date; AND
  • be — at the date of recruitment — in the first four years of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. Considered is: time spent as FTE research experience, measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.


  • An exciting, multi-disciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities for exchange with scholars from related disciplines at the universities and research institutes in the consortium, as well as with the local partner organizations and local stakeholders;
  • A creative, entrepreneurial, innovative and holistic training environment consisting of :
    • Individual Research Projects (IRP), providing excellent supervision and mentoring with academics and non-academics;
    • Structured local training programs, comprising specific training courses in research-related skills and well as training in complementary skills, offered on the basis of a Personal Career Development Plan;
    • Network-wide activities, i.c. 3 Network Schools, in Utrecht, Paris and Barcelona;
    • Secondments, i.c. at least two inter-sectoral secondments to participants within the SURREAL Network;
    • Collaborative learning in practice (CLiP), allowing to engage continuously with and learn from working in real urban health intervention situations;
    • Career development modules, i.c. the use of Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and how to effectively employ the RDF Planner as basis for a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP);
  • Additional training and networking opportunities through participation in international conferences.
In Short
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Starting date: 1st of September 2021
  • Employee and student status
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL04037
Further Information

Please submit your complete application until Monday April 19, 2021.

The following documents are required:

  • Copy of your ID
  • Letter of motivation
  • A note suggesting specific research questions related to the project's theme (1/2 A4)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the highest diploma. The minimum requirement is a diploma qualifying for doctoral studies in the recruiting country (e.g. Master degree). Students in their last year may apply but can only be recruited upon successful graduation
  • Contact details of two referees (no recommendation letter)
  • Writing sample (e.g. student’s paper or chapter thesis) preferably in English

This project is part of the SURREAL H2020-ITN PhD training network of in total 15 Individual ESR Research projects.

You may apply for up to 4 projects within the network, adding a document to your application file in which you indicate their order of priority  

Selected applicants will be called for an interview.

For SURREAL related information, please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Dijst (Network Coordinator)

For information on the individual ESR project, please contact  (Local supervisor)

For administrative matters, please contact (Consortium Office Manager)

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

Here’s what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. WiFi on campus. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
Further information

Enrolment in Doctoral degree(s): at the diploma issuing university, Université du Luxembourg (

All Beneficiaries in the consortium are Equal Opportunity Employers.

GDPR consent statement: By submitting your application via the email address or platform indicated in the project(s), you consent to the following:

  • Your personal records and application files are kept at the institution(s) to which you submitted them, until 5 years after the end date of the project, i.c. 31.12.2029;
  • Your personal records and application files may also be shared with the recruitment committees of other projects in the consortium, in particular if such sharing increases your chances of being recruited;
  • In the event you are shortlisted in view of potential recruitment, your personal records and application files are additionally kept at the Network Coordinator institute, i.c. LISER – Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, until 5 years after the end date of the project, i.c. 31.12.2029;
  • Any additional GDPR/data protection notices for recruitment applicable at the institution to which you submit your application.




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