University of Luxembourg

Doctoral researcher (PhD) in European history / history of design & architecture

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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 Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) is a research centre for the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary history of Luxembourg and Europe with a particular focus on digital methods and tools for doing innovative historical research. It serves as a catalyst for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history.

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) has one job opening for a doctoral candidate (PhD student) to work on a new project called BUREU, a collaborative research project on Bureaucracy by Design? EU Office Interiors as an Interface Between Architectural “Hardware” and Managerial “Software”, 1951-2002. The historical research project BUREU will investigate which design choices were made in relation to the interiors of EC/EU office buildings in Luxembourg, Brussels, and Strasbourg, and this for the period between the early 1950s and the early 2000s. More concretely, BUREU will seek to answer the question which managerial ideas were at the root of these office interior designs and in so doing will contribute to a new history of the EC/EU. BUREU is a collaboration between C2DH and the Department of History at the KU Leuven (Prof. Martin Kohlrausch). Next to two PhD positions (one in Leuven, one in Luxembourg), a Post-Doc researcher will complement the research team.

Your Role...

The PhD student will be a member of the European History research axe of the C²DH / University of Luxembourg and be enrolled in the Doctoral School of Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS). He/she will work under supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers.


  • Write a thesis in the domain of European history / history of design & architecture
  • Participation in research workshops and academic conferences
  • Realizing archival research and performing oral history interviews
  • Writing of research papers and one peer-reviewed journal article
  • Participation at public history and outreach activities of C2DH

What we expect from you…

  • Master’s degree or diploma in history, design studies, or architecture or related disciplines
  • A good digital literacy. Experience in design & architecture is an asset
  • Excellent command in at least two of the following languages: German, English, French. A good command of all three languages is definitely an asset

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL04691

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 37.101,36 (full time)

How to apply...

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if available)
  • Copies of diplomas

We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 15/02/2022.

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.

In return you will get…

  • 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 …
  • Find out more about the University
  • Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University

Further information...

For further information, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers / andreas.fickers@uni.lu


Doctoral researcher (PhD) in European history / history of design & architecture
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