PhD Researcher in Applied Econometrics and Labour Economics

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 May 2021

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The Department ofEconomics in the Faculty of Business and Economicsis 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. Sunčica Vujić (Department of Economics, UAntwerpen) and Prof. Nick Deschacht (Department of Economics, KU Leuven). 
  • The research project, funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO ), is entitled “Gender pension gap in Europe: Determinants and perspectives for the future.” Based on the data available up to date, the research will consider the life-course perspective, demographic and economic factors, household roles and preferences, and individual country heterogeneity as factors determining the gender pension gap. The findings of the project will extend the theoretical knowledge in pension economics, indicate whether the current retirement systems in Europe are able to provide adequate pensions and offer insurance against an unexpectedly long life for both men and women, and shed light on policy challenges when trying to narrow the gender gap in old-age income.
  • The candidate should qualify for and enrol in a doctoral programme, which includes course work in advanced economics. For more information follow this link .
  • Both University of Antwerp and KU Leuven allow for a joint or double PhD degree. 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 gender pension gap.
  • 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 to 4 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.
  • Starting date: September 1, 2021 (or another date upon agreement). 
  • To find out more about working at the University of Antwerp, visit this link .

How to apply

To apply for this position, please use the University of Antwerp online application tool and upload:

  • 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 gender pension gap, focussing on data, methodology and expected findings, having in mind ONE of the following topics and a research approach pertinent to applied econometrics and labour economics: (a) Life-cycle perspective of pensions; or (b) Gender pension gap and expected age of retirement; or (c) Effect of marriage and children on pension; or (d) Gender pension gap among migrants; (e) Gender pension gap and the prevailing social norms; or (f) a topic of own choice.
  • Frequently asked questions can be found here . For more information please contact Prof. Sunčica Vujić , . You can apply for this job no later than May 31st, 2021 via the online application tool.

    The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. The interviews will take place in the week b/w June 28, 2021.

    The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity  and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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