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Associate Professor or Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Early Childhood Education and Care/Childhood Studies

Closing Date
WorkplaceBelval, Luxembourg
DurationFixed Term Contract
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The University of Luxembourg aspires to be a world-class research university. It strives for excellence in both fundamental and applied research, and in education. It drives innovation for society, has a high proportion of graduate students, and intertwines research, teaching and societal impact.

The University of Luxembourg has the profile of a research university with a strong activity in research, a high proportion of doctoral candidates and success in internationally competitive third-party funding, combined with excellent research-driven teaching throughout the University. The University has three missions: research, higher education and contribution to the social, cultural and economic development of the country.

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 Tasks

The holder of this position will play a key role in meeting the increasing demand for research in the area of early childhood education and care. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to research in the framework of quality development initiatives in early childhood of the Ministry of National Education (MENJE), as well as providing scientific advice and social reporting on, e.g., the living conditions and well-being of children in Luxembourg. The holder will further continue the successful and established collaboration with various national stakeholders and further develop third-party funded policy-relevant research projects. Other activities will include contributions to the national childhood report.

Teaching areas

The holder of this position will take on teaching responsibilities at the Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral level. The main teaching obligations will be in the “Bachelor en Sciences de l’Education” and the “Bachelor en Sciences Sociales et Educatives”. Modules on childhood, as well as early childhood education and care form a central strand of these programmes. The candidate will further develop these modules in close collaboration with the directors of the study programmes, adapting to international and national professional discourses and needs. A secondary teaching responsibility pertains to the “Master in Management and Coaching in the Educational and Social Domain” and the “Master in Social Sciences and Educational Sciences” as well as to the Doctoral School.

Contract type:

  • Associate Professor: Permanent role

  • Assistant Professor (tenure track): Fixed Term Contract

The position is offered at the Associate Professor or Assistant Professor (tenure track) level, depending on qualification. At Associate Professor level the position is tenured. At Assistant Professor level, tenure may be granted after 5 years upon positive evaluation.


  • D. in Educational Science, Sociology, or in a related discipline;
  • A minimum of three years of post-doctoral experience acquired in a university or comparable research centre;
  • An appropriate international research profile as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, conference participation, and collaboration in international research initiatives; and
  • University-level teaching experience at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level.
  • A strong interest in bridging theory and practice, bringing academic excellence to addressing local issues with practitioners;
  • A research profile related to educational science or sociology with a focus on early childhood and preschool learning and training;
  • Expertise in methodologies for assessment and evaluation;
  • Expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Language requirements

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.

We offer

  • 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 ...

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Contact and Address

Applications should be submitted online and 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 name, address and present position. Please indicate their relationship to you.

We encourage early application. To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 15.06.2022. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

  • Job Reference: UOL04886
Applications should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Georg Mein, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. All applications will be handled in the strictest confidence.

Gender equality

The University of Luxembourg is committed to achieving gender parity among its academic staff and aims to eliminate obstacles to recruitment of female professors and their career development. Should candidates present equivalent CVs, preference will be given to female candidates in all departments where gender parity is not yet achieved.

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunities employer.


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