PhD positions at C2DH within FNR-funded Doctoral Training Unit “Deep Data Science of Digital History” (D4H) / with a explicit interest in network analysis
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PhD positions at C2DH within FNR-funded Doctoral Training Unit “Deep Data Science of Digital History” (D4H) / with a explicit interest in network analysis

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 C²DH has seven job openings for doctoral candidates (PhD student) to work within the framework of the Doctoral Training Unit “Deep Data Science of Digital History” (D4H). This interdisciplinary DTU focuses on multiple challenges at the intersection between the disciplines of history and data science. The DTU will train a new generation of digitally literate PhD students to deal with “big data of the past” in a critical and competent way, combining the epistemic tradition of close reading with machine-based methods of distant reading (“scalable reading”). It aims to develop a shared understanding of the human/machine nexus in collecting, curating, managing, analysing, interpreting, and visualizing historical data and to problematize the multi-layered temporalities of datasets and experiment with new forms and formats of historical models and simulations in a longue-durée / deep time perspective.


D4H involves the University of Luxembourg’s Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM), the Institute of History (IHIST) of the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE), the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). The DTU will include a total of 18 PhD positions. For a detailed description of the conceptual framework, the training program, and the list of supervisors and potential PhD topics see:


Your Role…
The seven PhD students based at C2DH will be a member of the Digital History research axe of the C²DH / University of Luxembourg and be enrolled in the Doctoral School of Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS). All applicants should carefully read the extended research proposal of the DTU which is made available at and submit an idea for a PhD project that fits into the conceptual framework of the DTU (one of the three research pillars). Applicants are invited to look at the profiles of the supervisors (also made available on the website) and – depending on the proposed field / topic – propose one or two supervisors which expertise would match the topic best.


  • Write a PhD thesis in the field of digital history
  • Participation at DTU training activities and research workshops
  • Presentation of papers at academic conferences
  • Writing of research papers and publication of peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Participation at public history and outreach activities of C2DH
What we expect from you…
  • Master’s degree or diploma in history, digital humanities, social or data sciences
  • 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 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: UOL05082
The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38.028,96 (full time)How to apply…Applications should be submitted online and include:
  • Motivation letter
  • Sketch of PhD project and potential supervisor
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if available)
  • Copies of diplomas
We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 1st of August 2022 – then the posting will remain until filled. 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 …


Further information…
For further information, please contact:Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers /
Published by Ingeborg van Vugt
July 6, 2022

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