Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in Financial Law

Job Description & Qualification

The Department of Law of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg is looking for several PhD candidates to conduct research in financial law with a focus on financial technology, sustainable finance, financial inclusion, collective investment schemes and/or financial centre development.

Your Role...
The doctoral researcher will be working under the supervision of Professor Dr. Dirk Andreas Zetzsche, holder of the ADA Chair in Financial Law (inclusive finance). The doctoral researcher’s main task will be to prepare a doctoral thesis in the fields described above. The thesis work will be undertaken at the University of Luxembourg but can also be jointly-supervised with another university. The theme of the PhD will be agreed upon between the doctoral candidate and the supervisor. The doctoral candidate will be part of, and contribute to the team of the ADA Chair and contribute to the teaching of classes ranging from one to three hours per week, of small group teachings and tutorials.

We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated interest in financial law with a focus on financial technology, sustainable finance, financial inclusion and/or collective investment schemes.

In particular, the following requirements apply:

A Master’s Degree in law or an equivalent from a different country (eg German First State Exam); in specific cases where financial markets expertise is given, a master in business administration or finance is acceptable
A proven interests in financial markets ordering and regulation
Have the linguistic skills to evolve in a multilingual environment: fluency in either English or French, good understanding of the second language and possibly a third language, German in particular, will be considered an advantage
Excellent communication and writing skills

In Short...
- Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months)
- Foreseen starting date: September 2022
- Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
- Location: Kirchberg
- Employee and student status
- Job Reference: UOL05054 (ADA Chair)

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38.028,96 (full time)

In particular, we offer:
- An exciting international and multilingual research environment
- Personal workspace (full-time contract requires the doctoral candidate to work at the University premises)
- Travel opportunities for training and learning
- The University is an equal opportunity employer

Application Procedure

How to apply...
Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system and include:

- A motivation letter
- A detailed curriculum vitae with list of publications and copies thereof, if applicable
- A transcript of concluded university studies
- The name, current position and relationship to the applicant, of one referee

For more information concerning this position, please contact Prof. Zetzsche, email:

We encourage early application.

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.

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About the Organization

About us...
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 Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Bachelor programmes, four Master programmes of Management and Economics and six Masters of Laws (LL.M.), as well as several continuing education courses. It also includes the Doctoral School in Law and the Doctoral School in Economics and Finance. Around 2,500 students from 90 different nationalities are enrolled at the Faculty. Academic staff from 18 different nationalities teach at the Faculty, supported by practitioners from the field, visiting scholars and guest professors. Rooted in Luxembourg but with a European and international outlook, the Faculty counts three departments:

- Department of Law
- Department of Economics and Management (DEM)
- Department of Finance

Teaching and research benefit from the proximity of the European institutions, Luxembourg’s world-class financial centre ranked second in the world in investment fund asset domicile, and its vibrant business community. Institutional and private sector partnerships, sponsored Chairs, and a growing network of international partner universities make the FDEF a vibrant academic hub within the University at the heart of Europe.

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Job ID

ID: J11102