Research Assistant "CEPS GRID"

Centre for European Policy Studies
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 19

Position description

The successful applicant will be engaged initially for 6/12 months. He/she will be working on a variety of issues in the area of regulatory policy, encompassing inter alia better regulation, analysis of public policies, research and innovation policy, industrial policy and SME policy, etc. Particular emphasis will be on research related to cost-benefit analysis and policy evaluation.

Main tasks

  • Contribute to external commissioned research projects on policy evaluation and analysis of EU policies; this work often entails a combination of both qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Contribute to policy reports on issues related to regulatory policy and policy evaluation;
  • Assist CEPS researchers from the GRID Unit in collecting and analysing data in support of research projects and publications;
  • Assist in the organisation of conferences and seminars;
  • Assist in the acquisition of new research projects;
  • Give presentations at project meetings.


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Management, Statistics, Social Science or related, relevant disciplines;
  • Familiarity with topics related to policy evaluation and cost-benefit analysis;
  • Fluency in English. Excellent knowledge of another EU official language would be an asset. Working knowledge of an additional EU official language would be desirable;
  • Strong analytical skills, including excellent command of Excel and statistical packages (Stata, R). A desirable additional skill would be command of software for text and data mining;
  • Very good drafting skills.


  • Able to work in a research team involving junior and senior colleagues. Can organise your own activities;
  • Able to handle stress, respect deadlines and juggle with multiple tasks and changing priorities;
  • Ability to engage in teamwork and openness to giving and receiving feedback;
  • Willingness to develop insights into ongoing legislative and policy debates in the field. 

This position will give the selected candidate the opportunity to progress on her/his career path and gain valuable skills, training and experience that would potentially allow her/him to take on the role of Researcher or beyond within a relatively short timeframe (2-3 years) 

Application instructions

Further information about the position can be obtained from Felice Simonelli, Head of Policy Evaluation, e-mail [email protected]; and Els Van den Broeck, Manager HR, e-mail [email protected]

Applications should include a one-page cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae (preferably in Europass format) and names of at least two referees. All documents should be drafted in English and should be sent by email to the above-mentioned contact persons with “Vacancy - GRID 2018” in the subject line by 6 July 2018. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to produce one or two letters of recommendation. 

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