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Doctoral researcher (PhD): Financial Auditing (social sciences)


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About the Programme

 The Department of Economics and Management of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg is looking for a PhD candidate to conduct research in financial auditing at the intersection to sociology and political sciences. The project-based research investigates the institutional, organizational and behavioral aspects of specific transformational processes in financial auditing. The research is mainly qualitative in approach and well-grounded in theory. The topic of the research to be conducted is pre-defined. However, the candidate has significant discretion to tailor the research project.

Your Role...
The research will lead to a doctoral thesis. The thesis work will be undertaken at the University of Luxembourg but can also be jointly-supervised with another university. The doctoral candidate will contribute to the teaching of classes ranging from one to three hours per week, of small group teachings and tutorials.
The doctoral researcher will benefit from being part of research group comprising two professors, several PhDs and a chief research scientist working on related topics in accounting and auditing. Being part of the project will allow the doctoral researcher to enhance his/her knowledge-base and experience; working on the various aspects of the project will not only strengthen his/her academic profile, but also give him/her access to (and the chance to critically engage with) some of the most renowned experts in the field.

We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated interest in studying the interrelations between auditing, organisations and institutions. In particular, the following requirements apply
• Master Degree in social sciences, in particular in sociology, political science, economic sciences, applied economics sciences (business sciences);
• Broad theoretical knowledge;
• Have the linguistic skills to evolve in a multilingual environment: excellent command of English is a pre-request;
• Excellent communication and writing skills.

In Short...
• Contract Type: 36 months fixed term contract, extendable to 48 months if required
• Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
• Location: Kirchberg
• Employee and student status
• Job Reference: UOL04567

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.

How to apply...
Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system and include:
• A motivation letter.
• A detailed curriculum vitae with list of publications (master thesis) and copies thereof, if applicable.
• A transcript of concluded university studies.
• The name, current position and relationship to the applicant, of one referee.
To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 15 January 2022.
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.

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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For more information concerning this position, please contact Professor Dr Anke Müßig, email:


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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