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Published on Friday, January 16, 2015


The University of Luxembourg (FLSHASE - Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education, Research Unit IPSE – Identities. Politics, Societies, Space) seeks to hire a PhD Candidate (m/f) to join a multiannual research project, entitled "Material Culture and Spaces of Remembrance. A Study of Cemeteries in Luxembourg in the Context of the Greater Region" (Acronym: R.I.P.). The project examines changes in sepulchral culture and  social transformation processes concerning individualisation, pluralisation, secularisation as well as de- and resacralisation. The project also pertains to spatal and urban development as cemetery areas undergo significant changes in allocation.




Fixed-term contract 3 years, full time (40hrs/week)

Start date

1st May - 1st September 2015 (according to your availability)


ca. 2800€ brut per month





  • Master degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Geography, History and/or Sociology.
  • Previous work on funeral cultures will be considered a bonus, but is not a prerequisite.
  • Experience in conducting qualitative interviews (oral history, ethnography etc.) or good knowledge of quantitative methods (statistics, cartography) are required, but you do not need to have a specific background in cultural anthropology or spatial analysis.
  • Willingness to do fieldwork in Luxembourg and the Greater Region (that is, the neighbouring regions of Germany, France and Belgium). As public transport might not always be available, a driving license might be necessary.
  • Language skills: English and at least one of the official languages of Luxembourg to conduct interviews and field work (Luxembourgish, French or German; knowledge of Portuguese will be considered a plus).
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team, communication and cooperation skills, writing skills, strong personal commitment, determination.
  • Last but not least, enthusiasm about, above average commitment for, and enjoyment in research in material culture.


Working with an international and interdisciplinary team undertaking research into the interactions of materiality, mentalities and institutional orders, you will be

  • planning and executing fieldwork in spatial analysis of selected cemeteries,
  • conducting qualitative interviews with grave owners and tenders
  • undertaking participatory observation of funerary rituals.
  • analysing and interpreting data in your PhD thesis
  • presenting your preliminary and final results in conference papers and peer-reviewed publications

Research position, no teaching required. 

We offer

  • Intellectually stimulating, multilingual working environment at the University of Luxembourg
  • Participation in the IPSE Doctoral School and supervision on a personal level (joint supervision with another university may be possible).
  • If necessary, an introduction to ethnographic methods or practical training in spatial analysis (participation in a seminar of the Master in Geography and Spatial Planning, with research related examples; www.spatial.uni.lu)
  • Support by a collegial, highly motivated team.
  • Guidance by a steering committee of internationally renowned experts.
  • Working place with all necessary equipment at our new university campus at Belval. 

Proceedings and schedules of recruitment

Applications, written in English, French or German should be submitted online and should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience and publications)
  • Cover letter explaining your motivation
  • Copies of your Bachelor and Master diplomas (including final grades)
  • A short description of your Master’s work (max 1 page)
  • Contact information for at least two referees

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2015

For inquiries please contact Associate Prof. Dr. Sonja Kmec

Email: sonja.kmec@uni.lu

Tel: (+352) 46 66 44 67 45 (after 15 January, 2015)

Evaluation process

The evaluation is done by

  • the project leader, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sonja Kmec
  • the project coordinator, Dr. Thomas Kolnberger
  • and the future PhD supervisor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Geoffrey Caruso or Dr. Elisabeth Boesen 

(depending on whether the main orientation is geography or cultural anthropology - both will be in the jury).


  • Campus Walferdange, université du Luxembourg
    Belval, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (4361)


  • Sunday, February 15, 2015


  • material culture, cemetery, Luxembourg, sepulchral culture


  • Sonja Kmec
    courriel : sonja [dot] kmec [at] uni [dot] lu

Information source

  • Sonja Kmec
    courriel : sonja [dot] kmec [at] uni [dot] lu


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