PhD Candidate in Macroeconomics


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The Department of Economics at Ghent University (Belgium) has an open position for a PhD student in (empirical) macroeconomics under the supervision of Prof. Gert Peersman and/or Prof. Frank Smets. 

The candidate will complete a PhD in economics under the supervision of Prof. Gert Peersman and/or Prof. Frank Smets. The position is fully funded for 4 years, with a monthly scholarship of approximately €2.225 (net), social security (health insurance and pension contributions), end-of-year and holiday bonus, travel and computer equipment resources, and other benefits. The PhD student will join a vibrant research group at Ghent University. The working language is English.

The candidate is expected to conduct research on topics within the field of (empirical) macroeconomics. This will be both independently, as well as jointly with the supervisor(s). Examples of ongoing research projects are:

  • The macroeconomic consequences of climate change
  • The impact of weather shocks on food commodity prices, economic activity and inflation
  • The transmission mechanisms of energy, food and industrial commodity price shocks
  • The role of agent heterogeneity for macroeconomic dynamics
  • The distributional consequences of macroeconomic shocks
  • The interaction between fiscal and monetary policy


Candidates should hold a master degree in (quantitative) economics. A two-year research master is preferable. The master’s degree should be recent and obtained from a European University (EEA plus UK; in exceptional cases degrees from non-European universities may be accepted, but these need to be supplemented by a GRE test). You should belong to the top 20% of your class, and be able to show this by presenting comparative rankings, or where such rankings cannot be obtained, by an exceptional grade point average.

Application procedure and deadline

Applications should be sent to Prof. Gert Peersman (, and should include a cover letter, CV, details of the master courses taken (including transcripts and grades) and, if possible, some examples of research work (e.g. a master thesis or assignments).

Reference letters are not required at the initial stage of the application, but candidates should indicate in their application two letter-writers who can be contacted in case they get selected for an interview.  If you do already wish to provide reference letters, these should be sent directly by the advisors to

Applications will be considered as they arrive, and until the position is filled. The starting date is flexible.

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B-9000 Gent , Belgium