PhD researcher Applied Econometrics and Labour Economics

Updated: about 2 months ago

Department: Department of Economics
Regime Full-time

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The Department of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics is looking for a full-time (100%) PhD researcher in the field of Applied Econometrics and Labour Economics.


  • The candidate is expected to write a PhD thesis in Economics under the supervision of Prof. Suncica Vujic (University of Antwerp), in collaboration with Prof. Joanna Clifton-Sprigg (University of Bath) and Prof. Jonathan James (University of Bath). 
  • The research project, is entitled “The impact of Brexit on migration – the causal effects, the specific mechanisms, the future trends and policy implications.” Motivated by the observed societal response after Britain's referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU), this project aims to establish (i) whether the Brexit referendum vote caused observed changes in migration patterns (or merely exacerbated a previous trend), (ii) what were the specific mechanisms behind it, (iii) which heterogenous effects can be identified, (iv) what was the role of the (social) media as a transmission mechanism, and (v) what are the expected future migration trends and policy issues. Using an array of robust empirical (econometric) techniques, the project will consider these changes for the UK as a whole and investigate whether the effects are temporary or long lasting, considering the complete Brexit process. The analysis of other influential factors such as labour market and socio-economic characteristics of the locality, ethnic and national diversity of the area will complement the main results.
  • The candidate should qualify for and enrol in a doctoral programme, which includes course work in advanced economics. For more information follow this link .
  • The candidate will be engaged in limited teaching activities, plus exam supervision.


  • You have a strong interest in economics, applied econometrics and labour economics issues related to migration economics.
  • You hold a Master degree in Economics, Applied Economics, Social-Economics or Business Engineering (preferably at MPhil level). Students currently in their last year are encouraged to apply.
  • You have an excellent academic track record. The minimum requirement is at least one distinction (68% average grade) or an international equivalent.
  • You have excellent language skills in spoken and written English.
  • You have good knowledge of quantitative methods or econometrics and a strong motivation to further develop your skills in this domain. Knowledge of causal inference methods and Stata are a plus but not a requirement.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • Previous teaching experience is nice to have but not a requirement. Teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • You can work independently, accurately and systematically with attention to detail, be creative and cooperative and a team-player.

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time PhD scholarship for 1 year, extendable for another 3 years after yearly positive evaluation. 
  • Remuneration is at the level of a full-time research assistant at a Flemish university (i.e., approximately €2,000 net per month). For full salary scales for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (in Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP), visit this link .
  • A stimulating work environment that will allow you to develop your research and teaching skills in a group that conducts research at the highest international level.
  • Your main office will be at the University of Antwerp, City campus in Antwerp, with a possibility of regular research visits at the University of Bath.
  • Starting date: October 1, 2021 (or another date upon agreement). 
  • To find out more about working at the University of Antwerp, visit this link .

How to apply

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 9 August 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter;
    • your CV;
    • a grade transcript (a list of the grades you obtained for recent courses; include test scores if available such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent);
    • two reference letters; and
    • a short research proposal (maximum 1,500 words) on the effect of Brexit referendum vote and the Brexit process on migration, focussing on the data, methodology and expected findings of ONE of the following topics and a research approach pertinent to applied econometrics and labour economics: (a) Identification of short and long run effects; (b) Identification of heterogenous effects, both geographical, as well as by type of migrants; (c) Identification of the role of the (social) media as a transmission mechanism.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. The interviews will take place online in the week beginning with August 30, 2021.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. Suncica Vujic, .

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