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Luxembourg, Luxembourg  •  map
Starts 2022-08-01. Duration: 33 years
Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance
University of Luxembourg (Université du Luxembourg/Universität Luxemburg) www
Research Assistant
Behavioral Economics
16 Apr 2022
30 May 2022
15 Jul 2022
15 Jul 2022

Language: English (UK)

Country: Luxembourg

Organisation data: Department of Economics and Management (DEM)

Job Number: UOL04910

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

Duration3 6 Month

Schedule Type: Full Time

Work Hours: 40.0 Hours per Week

Expected Start Date: 01/08/2022

Functions: PhD Candidates

Job (internal): Doctoral Researcher

The Department of DEM of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg is looking for a PhD candidate to conduct research in economics.

Your Role...

The doctoral researcher will be working under the supervision of Professor Michel Beine. The doctoral researcher’s main task will be to prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of the economic analysis of human mobility. The thesis work will be undertaken at the University of Luxembourg but can also be jointly-supervised with another university. The suggested theme of the PhD is Essays in the economics of migration and forced displacement The candidate is, however, welcome to suggest any other topic within the overarching project theme. The doctoral candidate will contribute to the teaching of classes ranging from one to three hours per week, of small group teachings and tutorials.

The doctoral researcher will benefit from being part of large research group comprising several PhDs and Postdoctoral Researchers working on related topics of human mobility. Being part of the project will allow the doctoral researcher to enhance his/her knowledge-base and experience; working on the various aspects of the project will not only strengthen his/her academic profile, but also give him/her access to (and the chance to critically engage with) some of the most renowned experts in the field.


We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated interest in research in economics. In particular, the following requirements apply:

  • A Master’s Degree in Economics, with a strong focus on research skills
  • Have the linguistic skills to evolve in a multilingual environment: fluency in either English or French, good understanding of the second language will be considered an advantage
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Good skills in econometrics and capacity to handle and proceed economic data

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL04910

In particular, we offer:

  • An exciting international and multilingual research environment and the possibility to work within a research team focused on enforcement in multi-level regulatory systems
  • Personal workspace (full-time contract requires the doctoral candidate to work at the University premises)
  • Travel opportunities for training and learning
  • The University offers highly competitive salaries based on the candidate's experience and is an equal opportunity employer

How to apply...

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system and include:

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed curriculum vitae with list of publications and copies thereof, if applicable
  • A transcript of concluded university studies
  • The name, current position and relationship to the applicant, of one referee

For more information concerning this position, please contact Prof. Michel Beine email:

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 30/05/2022.

Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered. The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

About us...

The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Bachelor programmes, four Master programmes of Management and Economics and six Masters of Laws (LL.M.), as well as several continuing education courses. It also includes the Doctoral School in Law and the Doctoral School in Economics and Finance. Around 2,500 students from 90 different nationalities are enrolled at the Faculty. Academic staff from 18 different nationalities teach at the Faculty, supported by practitioners from the field, visiting scholars and guest professors. Rooted in Luxembourg but with a European and international outlook, the Faculty counts three departments:

  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics and Management (DEM)
  • Department of Finance

Teaching and research benefit from the proximity of the European institutions, Luxembourg’s world-class financial centre ranked second in the world in investment fund asset domicile, and its vibrant business community. Institutional and private sector partnerships, sponsored Chairs, and a growing network of international partner universities make the FDEF a vibrant academic hub within the University at the heart of Europe.

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Location of job: 6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, Luxembourg, 1359, Luxembourg (map)
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2022-08-01
Job duration: 33 years
Letters of reference required: 4

Munich, Germany  •  map
Flexible start date. Duration: 2 years
Magnus Schauf www
Technical University of Munich (TUM – Technische Universität München) www
Research Assistant
Various fields
Environmental; Ag. Econ.  •  Industrial Organization  •  Business Economics  •  Management, General
20 Apr 2022
30 May 2022
30 Jun 2022

The Center for Energy Markets (CEM) at the School of Management, Technical University of Munich, invites applications for one PhD Position and one Post-Doctoral Researcher Position (both 100% German TVE-13 pay scale) in the field of Energy and Environmental Economics. The CEM conducts research on a broad array of energy market topics. We bring together economics, finance, and engineering approaches to offer contributions to topical questions on the global energy transition. The Center’s research has been published, amongst others, in the Journal of the European Economic Association, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Energy Economics, the Energy Journal, and Energy Policy.

• Conducting research on energy markets; teaching classes in our energy curriculum
• Supporting research-related activities of the Center, e.g., organization of research workshops

• Degree in economics, finance, mathematics, statistics or similar field (Master for the PhD position, PhD for the PostDoc position)
• Proven interest in the fields of energy economics, environmental economics, or empirical industrial organization
• Skills in STATA, R, Python or similar programming language are a plus
We offer experiences to work within a dynamic research environment at the Center for Energy Markets. Both positions are offered for an initial period of two years with the possibility of extension.

How to apply
• Please send your electronic application, consisting of the following information
• Application letter (max. 1 page)
• Detailed curriculum vitae, incl. relevant certificates
• Work sample, e.g. job market paper or master thesis
• List with names of two references (only required for the Post-Doc position)

in form of a single PDF document to (or via this platform). The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity to the
university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

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Location of job: Arcisstraße 21, Munich, 80333, Germany (map)
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video
Application deadline: 30 May 2022 midnight UTC

Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark  •  map
Starts 2022-10-01. Duration: 3 years
Management www
Technical University of Denmark (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet) www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Various fields
Behavioral Economics  •  Other  •  Urban; Rural; Regional Economics  •  Decision Sciences  •  Management, General
17 May 2022
30 Jun 2022
30 Jun 2022

We offer three PhD scholarships as part of the ERC Consolidator GRANT “Choice, necessity or chance? Understanding behaviouR chanGE iN Transport -

URGENT” within the EU Commission’s H2020 Framework.The URGENT project examines under which individual and contextual circumstances people change their mobility behaviour and what mental mechanisms are involved in these behaviour change processes. The project will use an interdisciplinary approach based on a unique longitudinal dataset combining data from a large panel survey, in-depth interviews and an intelligent mobility diary app.The 3 PhDs will examine how people adapt their mobility behaviour in prospect and response to:

  • residential relocation (PhD 1);
  • anticipated vs. sudden life events (e.g., retirement vs. crash involvement) (PhD 2);
  • transport technology adoption (e.g., EV or e-bike adoption) (PhD 3).

URGENT will additionally examine rebound effects of changed mobility behaviour and reveal under which conditions, and to what extent, behaviour change in one area (e.g. commuting) positively or negatively spills over to other areas (e.g. air travel, food consumption). URGENT applies a novel analytical strategy that brings together concepts from psychology (behaviour change models), human geography (mobility biographies approach), sociology (mobility cultures) and machine learning (causal discovery and causal inference).

Responsibilities and qualifications You will become a member of the Transport Psychology Section and form an interdisciplinary project team with other PhD students and your supervisors. You will collaborate with colleagues from the Machine Learning for Smart Mobility Section and the Travel Demand Modelling Section and academic partners abroad.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. More specifically, we are looking for applicants with a master’s degree in Psychology, Human Geography, Human Ecology, Transport/Spatial Planning, Sociology, Economics, Environmental Science or related. Applicants for PhD position 1 should be interested in ‘mobility biographies’, ‘mobility culture’, and ‘residential self-selection’. For PhD position 2, knowledge and interest in psychological behaviour (change) models is presumed. Applicants for PhD position 3 should be interested in technology adoption and rebound effects.

All positions require skills in quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis and specialization in at least one method as part of the master’s thesis or other (student) projects.

Your primary tasks will be to

  • design, manage and conduct longitudinal data collections (surveys, app, qualitative interviews) in cooperation with the project team,
  • conduct in-depth interviews related to one of the three PhD topics (PhD 1: residential relocation; PhD 2: anticipated vs. sudden life events; PhD 3: transport technology adoption),
  • analyse survey, interview and app data in a mixed-method design,
  • write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals,
  • participate in international conferences,
  • participate in advanced classes to improve academic skills, and
  • disseminate research results and teach as part of the overall PhD education.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

We offer DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date is October, 1, 2022 or later (subject to mutual agreement). The position is a full-time position. If desired, the full-time position can also be changed to a 4-years part-time position (subject to mutual agreement).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information related to all three positions may be obtained from Senior Researcher Sonja Haustein.

Related to PhD 1, you can also contact Associate Professor Mikkel Thorhauge

Related to PhD 2, you can also contact Senior Researcher Mette Møller,

Related to PhD3, you can also contact Associate Professor Anders Fjendbo Jensen or Assistant Professor Rico Krueger.

You can read more about the DTU Management’s Transport Division here:

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 30 June 2022 (Danish time).

Apply online here: PhD scholarships (3) in Travel Behaviour Change.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Management DTU Management conducts high-level research and teaching with a focus on sustainability, transport, innovation and management science. Our goal is to create knowledge on the societal aspects of technology - including the interaction between technology and sustainability, business growth, infrastructure and prosperity. Therefore, we explore and create value in the areas of management science, innovation and design thinking, business analytics, systems and risk analyses, human behaviour, regulation and policy analysis. The department offers teaching from introductory to advanced courses/projects at BSc, MSc and PhD level. The Department has a staff of app. 350. Read more here.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Location of job: Akademivej, Building 358, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, Denmark (map)
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2022-10-01
Job duration: 3 years

Philadelphia, United States  •  map
Flexible start date. Duration: 2 years
Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics www
University of Pennsylvania www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Various fields
Development; Growth  •  Econometrics  •  Behavioral Economics  •  Political Economy  •  Decision Sciences  •  Statistics
3 May 2022
6 May 2022
20 May 2022
1 Jun 2022

Come work with the interdisciplinary and vibrant team at the Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics in the University of Pennsylvania! We are hiring a Research Assistant (Pre-Doc) for an innovative multi-year project about social norms, trust, and poverty in the United States.

Ideal candidates will have a degree in Economics and experience researching poverty and/or inequality topics, or doing research among low-income populations (preferably in the US).

More info and applications:

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Location of job: 3718 Locust Walk-MBDS, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 2
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting May, 2022.

Madrid, Spain  •  map
Starts 2022-09-01. Duration: 1 year
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Labor; Demographic Economics
22 Apr 2022
31 May 2022
31 May 2022

CEMFI invites application for one research assistant position to work in the project “The Labor Market Returns to Dual Vocational Education”. Candidates should have a Master’s degree in economics or be about to obtain one, prior experience with data analysis, and a strong interest in research in labor economics. The Principal Investigator of the project is Professor Samuel Bentolila ( The position will be based at CEMFI, in Madrid, one of the leading graduate schools in economics in Europe.

Research Assistant Roles and Responsibilities:

· Cleaning datasets and conducting basic statistic and econometric analysis.

· Assisting the principal investigator and his team in other aspects of the project.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

· Master's degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, data science, or related fields. Candidates who are about to obtain one of these degrees are also eligible.

· Meticulous, organized, and detailed oriented.

· Strong quantitative skills.

· Excellent knowledge of Stata. Knowledge of R will also be valued.

· Flexible, self-motivating, independent, and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently.

· Proficient in English.

· Strong interest in academic research.

· Previous experience as research assistant will be highly valued.

· Able to legally work in the European Union.

Job Conditions:

· Full-time position.

· The job will be based in CEMFI in Madrid.

· Duration: 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.

· Salary: 31,500 €/year, gross remuneration.

CEMFI recognizes the positive value of diversity and particularly encourages applications from women and candidates with underrepresented demographics regarding disability, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or other characteristics.

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Location of job: Casado del Alisal, 5, Madrid, Madrid, 28014, Spain (map)
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2022-09-01
Job duration: 1 year
Letters of reference required: 2
Application deadline: 31 May 2022 midnight UTC

Palaiseau, France  •  map
Starts 2022-09-01. Duration: 12 months
CREST (Center for Research in Economics and Statistics) www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
International Trade
15 Apr 2022
20 May 2022
20 May 2022

Job Details

Starting date: August/September 2022
Location: Palaiseau, France
One-year (11 to 12 months) fixed term contract, full-time, gross salary of 2,139.18€ / month.


CREST is a joint research center gathering faculty members of ENSAE and Ecole Polytechnique, Economics Department. Members conduct research in Economics, Finance, Statistics and Sociology. It is located on the campus of Ecole Polytechnique, in Palaiseau, 20km South of Paris.

Job Description

The research assistant (RA) will support Professor Francis Kramarz (Professor of Economics at ENSAE) on the FIRMNET project funded by the European Research Council, related to firm networks in a globalized environment. The research focuses on how business networks help firms to be resilient in the face of shocks. The RA will mainly work on three components:

1) The first is concerned with the analysis of European buyer-seller relations within international trade networks, evaluating the transmission of exogenous shocks and their effects on workers’ and firms’ outcomes in France over a period of 25 years. The RA will be required to work with large firm-level datasets provided by the French administration (DADS, FICUS/FARE, Customs Data), performing a diverse set of empirical tasks using Stata (and occasionally, SAS). This may include data cleaning, running consistency checks, merging datasets, preparing data for analysis, programming algorithms for identification, running regression analyses etc.

2) The second component aims to revise a paper (currently under peer-review) featuring a general equilibrium model of international trade with heterogeneous firms. The RA could be conducted to help write/re-write programs for the estimation of structural parameters based on simulated method of moments, using Stata and Matlab. This part of the project is in collaboration with professors at Pennsylvania State University and Yale University.

3) The third component aims at developing a general equilibrium model of international trade with heterogeneous firms, Bertrand pricing and rent-sharing between workers and firms to explain wage differentials between similar workers employed in different firms. The RA will assist in writing programs for the estimation of structural parameters, using Stata, Matlab and Python. This part of the project is in collaboration with a PhD student at CREST as well as professors at Pennsylvania State University and Yale University.

For more information on the projects, visit: (in particular, WP2 and WP3).

Under the close supervision of the principal investigator, the RA will hence conduct different research- related tasks all along the research process, assisting in the preparation and revision of academic papers being submitted to journals. Since data access is confidential and therefore on- site, the RA is required to come to the institute most days, although more flexible arrangements such as home office and part-time work can be agreed upon if needed.

Further, the RA will be fully integrated within the group of PhD students at CREST with the possibility to participate in weekly research seminars and take classes of the PhD program (conditional on the approval of his/her supervisor). The position is ideal for Master students wishing to gather research experience before starting a PhD. In particular, previous RAs have gone on to pursue their doctoral studies at CREST or within competitive PhD programs abroad.

What we are looking for

  • Master’s degree candidate in economics, statistics or related discipline;
  • Long-term interest in economic research;
  • Experience working with large (administrative) data sets is an asset;
  • Proficiency in Stata and Python (required), and the ability to use other statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, R, Matlab) is strongly preferred;
  • Coursework in econometrics, labor economics and international trade is not necessarily required, but would be strongly preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English – French is not necessary.


If you are interested, please apply online by sending the following documents to until Friday May 20, 2022:

  • Short description of your interest in and qualifications for the position
  • CV
  • Transcripts (unofficial) of your Master's degree

For further information, you may also address questions about the position to

To apply, send a message to (See posting for details.)

Location of job: 5 avenue Henry Le Chatelier, Palaiseau, 91120, France (map)
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2022-09-01
Job duration: 12 months
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting April, 2022.

* The date by which applications should be submitted to be given full consideration by the recruiter (e.g. the date the recruiter will start reviewing applications and selecting candidates for interview).