Researcher / analyst
The European Commission's Directorate for Growth and Innovation (Joint Research Centre) is looking for a
Researcher/empirical economist in the field of Learning and Skills
to join its Unit "Human Capital and Employment" based in Seville, Spain.
As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) 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: http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu
The Unit Human Capital and Employment focuses on providing scientific support related to Human Capital and Employment so as to contribute to Innovation, Growth and Social Cohesion in the EU. The unit aims to develop scientific evidence to support policy making in the areas of: (1) learning and education; (2) skills and competences; (3) work and labour; (4) labour markets and social change. The unit uses a wide-ranging methodological toolbox including quantitative and qualitative methods, socio-economic impact assessment, behavioural insights and data analytics.
The Unit wishes to recruit an experienced quantitative researcher in the field of economic analysis of education and training data and statistical analysis of large educational data bases. The field, in support of EU Education and Training policies, undertakes research and analysis on the scientific study of EU Education and Training (E&T) data, E&T indicators (i.e. Joint Assessment Framework – JAF), analysis of European and international surveys, and policies in the areas of formal, informal and non-formal education, adult learning, and VET in a life-long learning approach. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Education and Skills team, in particular for the work related to: digital competence frameworks data analysis; teachers' professional development and assessment analysis; school to work transition analysis; digital transformation evolution analysis; the role of education in addressing inequalities and social exclusion; as well as skills and competence supply and demand analysis.
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree or have a minimum of 5 years research experience after the first university degree giving access to doctoral studies in a field relevant to the position.
He/she should have
- The candidate should have a solid background in at least one of the following fields: education science, economics of education, social or labour market research.
- Proven quantitative research expertise, use of statistical/econometric techniques, tools (i.e. STATA, R) and analysis, development of statistical indicators.
- Experience in analysis of European and international education datasets (e.g. LFS, PIAAC, PISA, PIRLS, ICILS, etc…).
- Familiarity in the management of multi-disciplinary research projects, ability to work in a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment and familiarity with (European) education policies would be an asset.
- Excellent communication skills, relevant scientific publications, experience in dissemination of results from research are also required.
- A very good level of written and spoken English (C1).
Indicative duration: 3 years initial contract with possible renewal up to maximum 6 years
Location: Seville, Spain.
Rules & Eligibility
The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the permanent open call for researchers FG IV:
Note that due to the high number of applications usually received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 19/06/2019 23:59 Brussels time.
Post reference: 2019-SVQ-B4-FGIV-011808