Research Assistant in the field of Microsimulation (f/m) - Ref: 22-29

Updated: 3 months ago

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting a 

Research Assistant in the field of Microsimulation (f/m)

  • Ref: 22-29

  • Fixed-term contract till end of December 2022

  • Full-time or part-time

  • Work contract at LISER

  • Expected start date: 15th of November 2022

LISER invites motivated applicants to join the “Living Conditions ” department. The selected candidate will be involved in updating the policy rule of micro simulation models:

1. Tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union (EUROMOD):

EUROMOD is a tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union that enables researchers and policy analysts to calculate, in a comparable manner, the effects of taxes and benefits on household incomes and work incentives for the population of each country and for the EU as a whole. The model is unique in its area as it features a great flexibility in the scope of its simulations and ensures cross-country consistency of the modelling approach and comparability of the results. The model is open access, with an increasing number of users across Europe and beyond. Since 2021 EUROMOD is maintained, developed and managed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, in collaboration with Eurostat and national teams from the EU countries. The Luxembourg team oversees the model maintenance and development of Luxembourg part.

2. Luxembourg Tax Benefit Microsimulation model (LuxTaxBen):

LuxTaxBen is a behavioral micro-simulation model that contains precise information on income tax rules, as well as eligibility rules for a number of welfare programs, such as social assistance, housing allowance etc. The model can handily be used for evaluating the effects of tax-benefit policy reforms and other changes on poverty, inequality, incentives and the governmental budget. One objective of LuxTaxBen is to give users the opportunity to analyze the effects of planned changes (new rules) in the tax-benefit system in Luxembourg. The model is flexible enough to create a new version of it by updating the database (such as administrative or survey data) or by extending the new module (such as unemployment module, childcare module etc) and/or new rules. It can simulate static (“morning after” effects) as well as behavioral effects (based on unitary household labor supply model) of a reform.

Your role

As a Research Assistant, your tasks will include:

  • Searching and updating the tax-benefit policy rule in Luxembourg;

  • Preparing the report/document of the models.

Your profile

  • You follow an advanced degree (e.g. Master) in economics, econometrics, statistics or mathematics, environmental sciences or any related field with a strong emphasis in data science;

  • You are data oriented;

  • You have excellent programming (e.g., SAS, STATA, Python) and mathematical skills;

  • You are fluent in French/German and English; any other language is considered as an asset;

  • You are organized, rigorous and able to work independently;

  • You are able to effectively communicate complex content;

  • You are curious about careers in research (economics, statistics) or quantitative data analysis.

LISER particularly encourages female researchers to apply.

We offer

  • A dynamic and international research environment with good working conditions and stimulating work environment;

  • Internationally competitive remuneration.

Application Process

Please submit your complete application (in English) via our online system: :

  • Curriculum Vitae;

  • Short cover letter outlining your interest in the proposed subject (maximum 1 page);

  • Copy of your last diploma

  • Please note that the position will remain open until filled.

    For administrative matters, please send an email to:

    About LISER

    LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and dedicated to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Multi- and interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The Institute attracts top researchers from all over the world and high-level doctoral training is a vibrant part of the Institute's activities. The Institute's staff consists of about 180 employees (including a survey and data center), more than 50% of the staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography.

    The Institute is located on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, which hosts the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country's publicly funded research facilities, i.e. LISER, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) cross-national data center, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST).

    About Luxembourg

    Luxembourg with its > 600,000 inhabitants is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and provides a stimulating mixture of modern culture and tradition. Contemporary urbanity of its capital lies in close vicinity to a rich nature. In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities, including museums, music, art and theatre. The official languages are French, German and Luxemburgish.

    Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national EURAXESS platform

    LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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