Research economist (contract for max. 2 years)


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Apply until: 
24 February 2019


The National Bank of Belgium’s (NBB) Economics and Research Department is launching a call for candidates (W/M) among economists with a Ph.D. in Economic Science for a temporary research position.

The Bank offers its economists the best analysis and research tools available and access to a wide-ranging collection of statistical data.


To carry out high-level academic research studies, working individually as well as being involved in collaborative research and policy projects.

To present the findings of their research at seminars or scientific conferences and to ensure their publication in renowned academic reviews.


Two research profiles will be considered:

  • Financial economist with experience in time-series econometrics.
    The researcher will contribute to the construction of a model-based monitoring framework for the developments in credit aggregates and financial market indicators in Belgium. Understanding of the evolution and the drivers of credit granted to the Non-Financial Private sector is important for supporting financial stability decisions as well as for macro-economic forecasting.  Researchers will have access to a large dataset of financial, macro- and microeconomic time series available at the NBB.
  • Micro-economist/econometrician specialized in firm-level data.
    The research project will focus on the analysis of firm ownership, group membership and the definition of the firm frontier. Applications can cover a wide range of areas such as industrial organisation (e.g. productivity developments, markups and pricing decisions, …), corporate finance, labor, trade. To help with this work, he will have access to the various microeconomic databases available at the NBB, particularly those for the firm annual accounts. Applicants must have extensive knowledge of econometrics and be able to analyze large volumes of microeconomic data. Experience in the field of microeconomics related to firm behavior, in particular with firm-level accounting data such as the Belfirst, is highly desirable.

The candidate is expected to show a keen interest in one of the above research themes. Scientific publications in international economic reviews on topics related to these themes are an asset.

The research post will be for two years maximum (two one-year contracts). Part-time or short-term contracts are also possible. The salary will be commensurate with relevant experience.

Working conditions




  • 24/2/2019: closing date for applications
  • March 2019: interview and testing
  • from April 2019: start job.

For any further information, candidates may contact Catherine Fuss (, Pelin Ilbas (, or Raf Wouters (

Candidates are asked to send in their CV, a list of their publications as well as a copy of some of their best articles. The names of two people who can provide references should be included with the application. The eligible applicants will be requested to present one of their articles at a seminar.