Affiliate Fellow: Labour Economist

For its project “Future of Work and Inclusive Growth”, Bruegel is looking for a full-time Labour Economist (non-labour economists with strong data skills and interest in labour economics will also be considered) with at least 3-5 years of experience after the Master’s Degree, or with a PhD. The Affiliate Fellow will undertake research on how technological change and broader changes in the labour market affect workers and what policy implications can be drawn for the welfare system in Europe. (S)he will work closely with and under the guidance of a Senior Fellow who is leading the project.

Bruegel offers a stimulating research and policy environment. The Affiliate Fellow is expected to contribute to the intellectual community at Bruegel. (S)he will collaborate with other Fellows, Senior Fellows as well as communication and development teams under the overall guidance of the Director and Deputy Director of Bruegel. Beyond the research, (s)he will regularly report on research findings, support the developments of events and interact with various outside and inside stakeholders.

The Affiliate Fellow will also be required to travel and engage with relevant stakeholders on a national and EU level.


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Bruegel is carrying out an ambitious, three-year-long research project “Future of Work and Inclusive Growth” which will closely analyse the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies on the nature of work, quantity of work and welfare systems.

In the wake of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to assemble a multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary effort dedicated to supporting workers in a new and evolving economic environment. While there is still uncertainty surrounding the long-term economic implications of the pandemic, we know that Europe’s digital future, and its relationship with its workforce in particular, will be wholly impacted.

The main research questions that are going to be addressed in the project are AI and its distributional effects, “gig” economy and the future of SME’s, impact of AI, the increasing importance of the data economy and technological advancement on work environment and the quality of jobs, and the impact of rising technology on education and human capital investment. The project includes funding for country-specific surveys, case studies, deep analysis and the presentation of the findings through wide national and EU dissemination on a broad range of communication channels. The project will also create a platform for regular exchanges of knowledge and insights through events with different stakeholders, as well as creation of a project-specific advisory committee and an excellence group.


  • Economist with a strong knowledge in labour economics (a PhD would be an advantage);
  • Data, programming and empirical skills; knowledge of data manipulation languages (e.g. SQL, Apache Pig, Python) is essential.
  • Experience with data on companies’ activity collected through digital channels (e.g. data collected by platforms such as LinkedIn or Burning Glass Technologies)
  • Ability to analyse policy-relevant issues in some of the following areas: labour markets, economics of innovation, welfare, wages, education, skill demand;
  • Good knowledge of the EU;
  • Experience with empirical techniques applied in the field of labour research;
  • Ability to communicate effectively;
  • Ability to contribute to all our types of publications including Bruegel’s blog series, podcasts and online events;
  • Dedication to high quality and accurate work;
  • Strong organisational and planning skills;
  • Outstanding writing and communications skills;
  • Knowledge of English language at a professional level. Knowledge of at least another European language is a plus;
  • Capable of delivering accurate and high-quality work within short deadlines;
  • Willing to contribute to events’ organisations;
  • High analytical skills and attention to details;
  • Ready to travel in order to participate in international events and engage with EU institutions and European country authorities

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To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter describing why you are interested in joining the think-tank world, and Bruegel, as well as what makes you suited for the role.

The application should be submitted to [email protected] under the subject line: Affiliate Fellow_Future of Work_applicant’s name. We will start reviewing the applications on November 6, 2020.

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.