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Doctoral researchers

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth and highly qualified talent. 


Why choose SnT for your PhD? Download the brochure



Develop your career

  • Boost your academic career. Benefit from the supervision of internationally recognised experts and collaborate with some of the brightest minds in ICT research.  
  • A bridge between academia and businesses. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 45 industry partners. You will have the opportunity to qualify yourself not only for an academic career but also for a career in industry. 
  • Expand your network. get to know the companies and public institutions we work with at one of our many networking events, such as Partnership Day. This is where the small size of the Grand Duchy comes in handy: did you ever get a chance to talk about your research with a CEO or a minister before? 
  • Prepare your next career move. The University’s career centre helps you get ready for your next step, from updating your CV to using social media to land a job.

Learning environment 

  • Dedicated supervision. With a high ratio of post-docs/professors to PhD students, you’ll have access to wisdom/guidance from colleagues with various levels of experience.
  • Exciting infrastructure and unique labs. At SnT, you can take a walk on the moon, build your own satellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better. We have two campus locations so you get the best of both worlds. 
  • The student becomes the teacher. Doctoral researchers at the University have the possibility to teach: the perfect opportunity to practise your presentation skills.
  • Learn new skills. Your doctoral education enables you to develop transferable skills. The University offers a wide range of extra classes, like writing scientific publications or giving a scientific talk. You will never stop learning!




Funding opportunities 

  • Multiple funding sources available. The University supports researchers to acquire funding from national, European and private sources. Public research is mainly funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) through its various funding schemes. Check SnT’s latest FNR, EU and ESA Projects here.
  • Comprehensive research facilitation. At SnT research teams get reliable and extensive support for all administrative tasks, such as finding funding and writing proposals. 
  • Travel to conferences. SnT actively encourages all doctoral researchers to attend relevant conferences around the world. We cover your expenses, and if you ever want to host a conference in Luxembourg, we’ve got you covered too. 


Outstanding benefits 

  • Competitive salary package. The University offers a 12 month-salary package starting from 3000 euros/ month before taxes.
  • Time to disconnect and to care about family. You have 32 days of annual leave to rest and recuperate, in addition to 11 days of public holidays, generous maternity and parental leave, and 40 hours of personal time off every year for personal appointments.
  • Top-notch health insurance. Every University employee is automatically enrolled in the national Caisse Nationale de la Santé (CNS), offering coverage in Luxembourg and in the European Union. You can also complement this already excellent health insurance with additional, private add-ons.
  • Subsidised living and eating. The University offers subsidised housing to doctoral researchers throughout the country. Also, your meals are comped at a reduced price at University restaurants -- bon appetit!




Company culture 

  • Hello, world! Be part of a multicultural family: at SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. English is our official working language, but you’ll hear many different languages everyday.
  • #teamwork. We value our dynamic company culture, so be prepared for teambuilding events, networking activities and more.
  • We keep our doors open. Chat with our professors, ask a technician to tour our Lunalab. Grab lunch with a tech transfer expert. Everyone is accessible to anyone.

Fun perks 

  • Moien. Bonjour. Hallo. The University offers complimentary language classes, and you can even get ECTS credits! Learn one, two, or all of the country’s home languages 100% for free.
  • Get active, creative, and unwind. A wide range of complimentary sports and wellbeing courses, art workshops, cultural events, as well as access to musical, theatre and dance ensembles, await you. 
  • Connect with fellow PhDs and get support. Associations such as Luxdoc and DSail gather PhD students and organise various activities. Euraxess will support you at the beginning of your PhD journey with infos and tips to settle in Luxembourg. 









Our Alumni testimonials






"Two things really stand out to me as being unique to SnT looking back now. First was the small size of the research teams. I really enjoyed working in a team where we all knew each other, as it made for a very warm working environment. Second was the opportunities for international collaboration. Beyond my collaboration with the University of Nancy, I worked closely with a research group at Purdue University in the US. And the environment of SnT itself is so international, it is exciting to be a part of. I’d say SnT was more like a family than a big university."






"SnT encouraged me to expand my horizons and that influences the way I think and work still to this day. The culture of SnT focuses on collaboration both internally and externally, which really supported me to get out and bring my ideas to peers around the world. I traveled frequently to conferences to present my work, and that helped me develop a unique international network."




Dou Wei


"I spent over four years at SnT, and no matter where I work I will always miss my time there. I was honoured to work alongside inspiring researchers such as Prof. Lionel Briand and Dr. Domenico Bianculli. Problem solving is a big part of my work in industry, and it relies heavily upon the skills I learned at SnT, such as scientific thinking, research, and communication skills, as well as a strong sense of determination and persistence."







"My time at SnT presented me with the unique opportunity to work with people from around the world, broadening my horizons and helping me to think outside the box. This creative environment was the right place to meet the people with whom I would go on to create SnT spin-off DataThings. Our company exploits the research ideas and technologies that we worked on during our time at the Centre."