Partially Remote (some attendance required)
Research assistant / technician
Closing date: Friday 2 September 2022
Contract: 1-year contract (renewable based on performance)
Starting date: as soon as possible
Bruegel welcomes applications for a Research Assistant (RA) position. In addition to the usual tasks performed by a Bruegel RA, the successful candidate would play a specific – coordinating – role within the RA team helping Bruegel manage efficiently its databases and ensure data quality before publications, starting as soon as possible.
The Research Assistant will be assisting Bruegel fellows in their research and in drafting Bruegel publications – like other Bruegel RAs – but will, in addition, devote a significant share of his/her time (possibly around 50%, depending on needs) performing specific duties to optimise and ensure the quality of the other RAs’ work:
- Build guidelines for RAs to homogenise how data is used in Bruegel’s projects: how to structure excel files, Stata, R and Python codes to make them comprehensible and replicable by third parties
- Perform quality control to ensure rigorous standards of data replicability (i.e. flawless and well sourced data) before each Bruegel publication, i.e. policy papers and blog posts
- Manage data: centralisation of data repeatedly used in Bruegel’s projects after publication of papers to avoid duplication of work by RAs in future similar projects
- Support other RAs in some specific tasks: coding in R/Python, data visualisation (also coordinating with Bruegel’s communication team), etc.
All applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics or related fields, and demonstrate technical strength in quantitative economic methods (econometrics) and strong proficiency in all the main data software used by Bruegel (Python, R, Stata and Excel). Data scraping and data visualisation skills (using e.g. plotly and dash packages in Python, or java script) will be highly appreciated.
Applicants are expected to be able to confidently, autonomously and professionally communicate with Bruegel colleagues and possibly with relevant stakeholders.
They must also be fluent in English, both written and spoken. Versatility, international experience, and the ability to work as a team-player with short deadlines are desired.
Applicants must have an interest in applied, policy-orientated economic research. In particular, some knowledge or interest to learn about the functioning of EU policies is essential. In addition, for this specific RA position, applicants must also have a very strong interest in coding, data management, and data visualisation.
For more information on Bruegel and on our research areas, please visit our website: http://bruegel.org/about/
Experience (distinction between assistant and intern positions):
Besides a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Economics, candidates for this specific Research Assistant position should possess experience in economic empirical work as well as in managing or coordinating data projects.
How to Apply
Those interested should submit their application to the email address: email@example.com and specify the following in the subject line: “Research Assistant Data Application 2022”, before 2 September 2022.
The email must contain: CV, Cover Letter, Writing Sample (such as Master’s thesis), University Transcripts.
Only complete applications will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within weeks after the deadline for applications is closed.
For further guidance, see Bruegel’s Careers page: http://www.bruegel.org/careers/