Call for a Research Assistant – Climate & Energy Policy

Research Assistant – Climate & Energy Policy

a fixed-term contract of one year, renewable, starting in September 2019.


Closing date for applications: 30 June 2019 (extended)


About Bruegel

Bruegel is the European think tank that specialises in economics. Established in 2005, it is independent and non-doctrinal. Bruegel’s 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 EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions.

Through publications, events, social media, and a lively blog, Bruegel has carved a unique discussion space for everyone interested in improving the quality of economic policy. Through a dual focus on analysis and impact, and dynamic relationships with policymakers at every governance level, it has also established itself as a vibrant laboratory for economic policies.


The Research Assistant Duties & Responsibilities

The Research Assistant will work closely with the Bruegel Fellows on Climate & Energy policies. Their mission is two-fold: 1) generally, to support the Fellows with their research, and 2) specifically, helping Bruegel and the Climate & Energy Fellows to deliver on their tasks in the PARIS REINFORCE project, whose aim is to develop a novel, demand-driven, IAM-oriented assessment framework for effectively supporting the design and assessment of climate policies in respect to the Paris Agreement objectives (Read more about the project here).

The Research Assistant’s duties will therefore be at the intersection of science and policy-making. Their main duty will be to translate complex economic modelling of decarbonisation pathways into politically useful messages and to formulate questions of policy-makers in a way they can be sensibly addressed by said models.


General Requirements

Besides a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Economics, candidates must possess experience in modelling and empirical work, as well as have interest in applied and policy-oriented research in the area of Climate and Energy.

Candidates must demonstrate technical strengths in quantitative economic methods and econometric software.

The position entails both academic tasks(researching, analysing, writing, compiling papers) andproject management (organising events, liaising with partners and stakeholders, attending policy meetings, reporting etc.)


Specific Requirements

– very good knowledge of Economics

– excellent English writing and speaking skills

– experience in large economic modelling exercises (knowledge of IAMs is an asset)

– strong quantitative data management skills such as econometrics, programming preferably Python; R; Matlab etc.

– good data visualisation skills (preferably with a passion for experimenting and innovation)

– outstanding communication and interpersonal skills (capacity to listen, understand needs and build trust with projects partners and stakeholders)

– strong organisational and project management skills (the ideal candidate is solution-oriented, is excellent at paying attention to detail and is thorough with academic tasks);

– proactive and autonomous


– good understanding of European and international climate and energy policy (e.g., NDCs, NECPs)

– experience in project management, including events organisation (in particular developing the content-part of events)

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their application to the email address recruitment@bruegel.organd specify the following in the subject line: “Research Assistant – Climate and Energy Policy” before 30 June 2019 at midnight.  

The application must contain: CV, Cover Letter, Writing Sample (such as Master’s thesis) and University Transcript(s). Only complete applications will be considered.

The shortlisted candidates will be contacted soon after the closing date.

For further guidance, see the Bruegel Careers page: /careers/

Bruegel is committed to ensure equal opportunities and treatment for all, by ensuring 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.