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Humanist Archives: Aug. 22, 2022, 7:46 a.m. Humanist 36.136 - PhD studentship (Luxembourg)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 136.
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        Date: 2022-08-22 06:38:22+00:00
        From: Stefan Krebs <stefan.krebs@RWTH-AACHEN.DE>
        Subject: Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of contemporary history/history of technology

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.

Historians have only recently started to investigate the period “after
the boom”. Western societies experienced dramatic economic, societal and
cultural changes since the industrial crisis of the 1970s and the
following massive structural changes. In 1975, Luxembourg was hit by the
steel crisis and the country’s largest employer, the steel company
ARBED, threatened to cut back production and jobs at large. In the
following decades, the country was oscillating between the management of
industrial decline and a new boom in finance and service economy. The
envisioned project will take Esch-Belval as a point of departure to
investigate Luxembourg’s history after the boom. The former iron and
steel works of Belval, built in 1909/11, largely refurbished and
expanded after the Second World War, was partly closed in the late 1990s
and transformed into a new urban district. Today, it hosts the campus of
the University of Luxembourg. The project will investigate the
structural changes in the country since the steel crisis, taking the
entangled regional, national and transnational developments into its focus.

The project will collaborate with the research group “Confronting
Decline: Challenges of Deindustrialization in Western Societies since
the 1970s” (CONDE) at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History
(IfZ) in Munich. Joint workshops and conferences are planned.

Your Role...
The PhD student will be a member of the Public 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 A-Prof. Dr. Stefan Krebs.

- Write a thesis in the domain of contemporary history
- 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 contemporary history or related disciplines
- A good digital literacy
- Excellent command in at least two of the following languages: German,
English, French. A good command of all three languages is definitely an

In Short...
- Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months)
- Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
- Location: Esch-Belval
- Employee and student status
- Job Reference: UOL05196

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38028 (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 09/09/2022.
Please apply formally through the HR system (
<>). Applications by email will not be

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 …


A-Prof. Dr. Stefan Krebs
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
University of Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-Belval

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