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FG IV – Project Officer - Labour economics and migration

Monday, 07 August 2017 15:01

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at:
The current vacancy is with the Demography, Migration and Governance Unit, of the Space Security and Migration Directorate. This Unit carries out research in support of EU policies on migration and is responsible for the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography.
The European Commission Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) is a Commission's independent body – steered by all the relevant services – tasked to provide solid scientific evidence for the development, implementation and evaluation of migration and demographic policies, not only in the framework of the migration and refugee crisis, but also in managing migration and addressing the demographic decline in the medium to longer term.
The KCMD is there to support and help to anticipate trends, and it serves the objectives of the European Agenda on Migration. The three pillars of the KCMD are: 1) Building the evidence base, conducting analysis and foresight; 2) Exploiting the knowledge base and facilitating uptake by stakeholders; 3) Partnerships and networking to extend the knowledge base. The JRC is responsible for its daily activities.
The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in the area of labour economics and migration and in particular to:
 draft policy briefs synthetizing the existing literature and knowledge on the integration of migrants in the labour market;
 clean and process microdata from international labour and social surveys;
 perform statistical and econometric analysis;
 formulate policy advice in the area of legal migration and the integration of migrants.
The candidate will be expected to co-author technical reports, scientific publications and policy briefs.
The job requires an advanced university degree in economics and either a PhD degree or a minimum of 5 years of professional experience after having completed university studies in labour economics with background on quantitative methods and econometric models.
Key requirements are excellent drafting skills in English (C2 level) not only for academic papers but also for
communication material targeted at a policy audience. Oral English C1 level.
The candidate should have proven track record in applied labour economics research and publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
Desirable requirements are expert knowledge and experience in the use of statistical and econometric software (e.g. R, SPSS, STATA).
Experience of working on issues related to migration would be desirable.


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