phd candidates

Your first professional experience in research with the Luxembourg Institute of Health!  

LIH welcomes more than 60 doctoral candidates coming from all over the world to conduct their PhD projects in partnership with the University of Luxembourg or foreign partner universities. Our doctoral candidates are enrolled in thematic doctoral training units or programmes offering sound scientific and transferable skills training. They publish their research in renowned peer-reviewed journals and communicate their work to the scientific community at local and international conferences. They are also encouraged to promote scientific culture to the lay public by participating in outreach activities.

Doing a PhD means being a researcher at an early career stage, progressively acquiring confidence and autonomy in leading a fully funded original research project.

undertaking a phd @ lih

At LIH, you will be part of some of the best biomedical scientific teams and mentored by experienced researchers. To successfully carry out your research activities, you will have access to scientific literature, state-of-the-art technologies & platforms, well-equipped facilities, active seminar and training programs. Dedicated PhD events are organised to let you become part of the local PhD community. Within your PhD project, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in collaborations with other research groups from Luxembourg or abroad.

The maximum duration of a PhD is four years (48 months) when affiliated with the University of Luxembourg. As doctoral candidate, you are entitled to a real employment contract with full benefits (retirement and social security) covering the planned duration of your PhD.


At LIH, research activities focus on:

after the PhD?

Staying in academia or joining the private sector?  Finding the next opportunity after the PhD might raise new questions and challenges.

We work with Euraxess Luxembourg and Association Bernard Gregory (ABG) to support you with your professional development and choice for the next career step. 

More information on their respective websites:

Our open positions  

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Spontaneous application  

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EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion is a pan-European Initiative launched by the European Commission to promote research careers and facilitate the mobility of researchers across Europe. It is a platform for researchers, entrepreneurs, universities, and businesses to interact with each other. 

It covers mobility issues, allows institutions to find the right talent, and connects people, projects and funding. 

association bernard gregory (ABG)

Since its founding in 1980, ABG has worked to promote the career development of PhD-holders, the innovative capacities of businesses, and to capture the value of skills acquired through training in research. 

ABG aims to bring together professional communities that share common interests in the areas of research, development and innovation. Their services relating to recruitment, training and communication facilitate the transfer of skills and knowledge.