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Ideas competition for a new interdisciplinary centre investigating environmental systems

University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg (LU)
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Applied Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science
Job Type
Director, Head of Department, Professor
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

Do you have a vision for a new interdisciplinary centre investigating environmental systems?


Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character, ranked among the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education. Its research focuses on the key areas of digital transformation, medicine and health, as well as sustainable and societal development.

The University has both local and global impact and is a driving force in a country well on its way to becoming a leading knowledge-based society.


The University of Luxembourg will establish an Interdisciplinary Centre (IC) for environmental systems. This ideas competition is calling on outstanding scientists from around the world to submit their concepts.


The scientist with the most innovative and convincing ideas will be invited to apply as the founding director of the centre.


What we imagine


The new IC is to become an international reference centre in environmental systems, which includes their interdisciplinary and systemic relevance to a sustainable society and economy. The IC will stand for both excellent research and societal impact.



What we expect


A concept with long-term relevance that combines local and international elements. A vision to attract the best talents from around the world to a centre that excels at both basic research and real-world


The profile of the founding director will combine an outstanding academic record with the management

capabilities to establish a new centre that emphasizes both interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity.


What we offer

An attractive research system, ranked 1st in the 2022 EU Innovation Scorecard, at one of the world’s most international Universities.



Please submit by 1 October 2023:

1. your concept as an outline proposal of max. 10 pages in English

2. a curriculum vitae of max. 3 pages in English

3. a list of publications highlighting five major publications or policy documents to


The concepts will be evaluated by an international selection committee of independent experts.


Further information, selection and eligibility criteria on |



The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. She fosters the cross-fertilization of research and teaching, is relevant to her country, is known worldwide for her research and teaching in targeted areas, and becomes an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. Her core asset is her well connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.


The University of Luxembourg, a small-sized institution with an international reach, aims at excellence in research and education. In a reduced number of research fields identified by its successive strategic plans, its ambition is to be among the world's top universities. University of Luxembourg intends to be innovative, centred on research, primarily interested in the quality of the structure it offers to its students, its teachers and its researchers and attentive to the needs of the society around it. It contributes to turning out discerning and independent personalities with strong potential for action in research, innovation and in society.

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