University of Luxembourg

Associate Professor for Computational Cognitive Science and Modelling

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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 four Bachelor and 15 Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.

Your Role...

The Associate Professor will be a member of the Research group "Cognitive Science and Assessment" (COSA) in the department "Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences". COSA is concerned with quantitative, experimental and interdisciplinary research on cognition, learning and assessment, as well as user-experience.

This Associate Professor will be a specialist in computational cognitive science, data science and modelling. (S)he should demonstrate expertise in various modelling methods (e.g., Bayesian decision theory, Network analysis, reinforcement learning) and analysis methods including machine learning approaches (e.g., SVM, Neural Networks, educational data mining). The Associate Professor masters state of the art methods to design and implement such computational models and (s)he will strive to further develop these methods with respect to their statistical and methodological foundations. The professorship should also have a clear focus on the application of these methods in the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience and/or Education.

The Associate Professor will demonstrate experience in collaborative, cross-disciplinary work and in scientific outreach. (S)he will systematically strive to connect fundamental and applied research and adapt the research content to the needs of the national research landscape, while at the same time firmly embedding it in cutting-edge international research efforts. The professor will contribute to attract and train bright students to the University of Luxembourg.

The Associate Professor will teach especially in the Bachelor of Psychology and in both tracks of the Master of Psychology. Additionally, s/he may occasionally teach in the Bachelor Sciences de l’Éducation and the Bachelor Sciences Sociales et Educative. Moreover (s)he will supervise and train PhD students at the Faculty. Finally, Associate Professor will contribute to any study programme developed in the future with the Computational Science Department of the FSTM.

What we expect from you…
  • Expertise in computational methods applied to psychology, neuroscience and/or education;
  • Expertise in state-of-the-art (multivariate) statistics and machine learning;
  • Experience in behavioural and neuroimaging data collection;
  • Mentoring and management experience;
  • Experience with interdisciplinary research;
  • Experience with public outreach;
  • Visibility in the scientific community.

Qualifications, experience, aptitude

  • Outstanding Ph.D. in Computational Cognitive Science, Psychology or related fields (e.g., Statistics, Computer Science);
  • A minimum of three years of post-doctoral experience acquired in a university or comparable research centre or equivalent;
  • An appropriate international research profile as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, conference participation, and collaboration in international research initiatives;
  • Demonstrated capability to attract competitive third-party research funding;
  • University-level teaching experience at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level.


The University of Luxembourg is set in a multilingual context. The person hired on this position must be proficient in English and either French or German. The University encourages its staff to learn the other language and provides access to language courses to this end.

In Short...
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Internal Title: Associate Professor
  • Job Reference: UOL04444
How to apply...

Candidates are asked to send their full application (in English) ONLY via the following link:  http://ulsurvey.uni.lu/index.php/385451?lang=en.

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 30/11/2021.

Applications should include:

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae including information on external research funding acquired;
  • copies of diplomas;
  • list of publications;
  • copies of recent publications (max. 5) relevant for the field in question;
  • list of courses taught;
  • a list of three referees with their names, addresses and present positions. Please indicate their relationship to you.

Applications should be addressed to: Prof. Dr. Georg Mein, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

The University of Luxembourg wants to achieve gender parity in its academic positions and wants to eliminate obstacles to the recruitment of female professors and to their career development. In case candidates present equivalent CVs, the University will give the preference to women in all departments where gender parity is not yet achieved.

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 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 …


Associate Professor for Computational Cognitive Science and Modelling
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