Research & Development specialist in the European Migration Network - University of Luxembourg

10 November 2022

The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide. 

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.

The faculty’s research and teaching focuses on social, economic, political and educational issues with the common goal of contributing to an inclusive, open and resourceful society. The FHSE offers six Bachelor and twenty Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.

The overarching task of this position is working for the European Migration Network (EMN), National Contact Point (NCP) Luxembourg on topics of migration, asylum and integration in cooperation with the European Commission.

More information on the European Migration Network National Contact Point Luxembourg can be found here:


Your Role...

The research and development specialist will work within the research project “EMN” in the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning. Under the supervision of Professor Birte Nienaber, he/she will:

  • Follow the latest developments in the national and European migration policies
  • Research data necessary for various projects
  • Draft and finalise reports in English
  • Work on studies and informs on migration, asylum and integration
  • Support the work on the Annual Report on Migration and Asylum in Luxembourg
  • Support the work on the EMN Glossary in French
  • Organise different types of events

More specifically, he/she will:

  • Draft and finalise EMN studies - attend and prepare for meetings of the Advisory Group with the aim of setting a common template; collect and analyse data on given topics; conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders; desk research on policies, practices and legislation; provide feedback on the Synthesis Reports of the studies; draft and finalise a summary note of studies in French
  • Support the drafting and finalising of the Annual Report on Migration and Asylum in Luxembourg - review and analyse the latest national policies and activities in the field of migration and asylum; collaborate with national partners and experts; provide feedback on the Annual Synthesis Report on Migration and Asylum
  • Support the work on EMN Glossary; provide assistance for translation of terms (EN to FR)
  • Support the implementation and dissemination of the EMN Educational Tool Destination Europe
  • Supervise the work of (a) student assistant(s)
  • Provide national contributions on latest developments in the field of migration and asylum for the EMN Bulletin and the LU EMN NCP Weekly Brief
  • Organise and/or provide assistance to staff members for the organisation of LU EMN NCP webinars, workshops, capacity building events and conferences
  • Participate in meetings and conferences in Luxembourg and other European countries on a regular basis (if the sanitary conditions allow it); represent the LU EMN NCP at these meetings as needed
  • Carry out various administrative tasks
What we expect from you…
  • Master (or equivalent) in Geography, Migration Studies, Social Sciences, Law or any other related field. Applications of candidates with PhD will not be considered
  • Experience in the field of migration and asylum. Knowledge of the Luxembourgish national context will be considered as an advantage
  • Excellent communication and drafting and reporting skills
  • Ability to liaise with stakeholders and to establish contacts at national and international levels
  • Ability to work independently and within an interdisciplinary team
  • Proven knowledge in data collection and processing (e.g. creating tables and graphs for reporting)
  • Solid experience in the use of common computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Willingness to participate in meetings in Europe (especially in Brussels)

As the candidate will have to deal within a multilingual context, he/she must be fluent in English and French (written and spoken). Knowledge of German and/or Luxembourgish will be considered an advantage.

We offer…
  • …a multifaceted position within an international and multilingual environment at the University of Luxembourg at the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning
  • … working in a diverse working environment with the strong, organised, and supportive team of the European Migration Network National Contact Point Luxembourg
  • … the opportunity to work closely with the Luxembourg and European migration experts and to participate in the EMN NCP meetings (especially in Brussels)


In Short...

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract (until 31 December 2025)
Foreseen start date: January 2023
Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
Location: Belval
Job Reference: UOL05384

How to apply... Applications should be submitted online and include:

Letter of motivation
Curriculum vitae
Copies of diplomas
Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply 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. Close ties to the business worl 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 …

Prof. Dr. Birte Nienaber

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Tel: +352 466644-9318

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