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Research Assistants, Generalist, ThinkTank Bruegel, Brussels

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Deadline for applications: Sunday 31st March 2024, 00:00 CET 

Expected starting date: September 2024

Bruegel is a European think tank working in the field of international economics. Established in 2005, Bruegel is independent and non-doctrinal. Its mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. We are committed to impartiality, openness and excellence. Bruegel’s membership includes European Member State governments, international corporations and institutions. For more information about Bruegel, please consult: www.bruegel.org


Research Assistants work closely with Bruegel Fellows to conduct research in the forms of Policy Briefs, Blueprints, Blogs and external publications.

Responsibilities include gathering information; collecting, cleaning, and analysing economic data; producing charts and graphs for publication and presentations; and occasionally taking notes at meetings and events.

Research Assistants have the opportunity to co-author Bruegel publications, depending on the extent and nature of their contributions.

We offer full-time one-year contracts (renewable based on performance). 



All applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics or related fields, should possess a solid understanding of economics and demonstrate very strong technical strengths in quantitative economics methods/econometrics. 

Proficiency in Python, STATA or R (at least in one of the three), as well as in Excel, is required. Data scraping and data visualisation skills (using e.g. plotly and dash packages in Python, or java script) would be useful. 

Applicants must be fluent in English, both written and spoken.  

Applicants are expected to be able to confidently, autonomously and professionally communicate with Bruegel colleagues and possibly with relevant stakeholders. Versatility, attention to detail and the ability to work as a team-player with short deadlines are desired.


Applicants must have an interest in applied, policy-oriented research in Bruegel’s areas of specialisation, including the functioning of EU policies. Bruegel research areas include: innovation and competition policy, digital economy, climate and energy policy, macroeconomic policy, trade policy, banking, capital markets and financial regulation.

The candidates for this position must have at least one year of proven experience in empirical work. 


To apply, please submit your application to recruitment@bruegel.org with the subject line: “Research Assistant Application 2024”.

Your application must be submitted by 31st March 2024, 00:00 CET.

The email must contain: CV, Cover Letter, Writing Sample (such as Master’s thesis), University Transcripts. 

Applications with missing documents and/or that do not meet the above-mentioned requirements will NOT be considered.

Because of the high number of applications we usually receive we are unfortunately unable to reply to all applicants. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted within a few weeks. 

Bruegel is committed to ensuring equal opportunities and treatment for all by providing that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.

For further guidance, see Bruegel’s Careers page: http://www.bruegel.org/careers/