CEPS is looking for a researcher on the EU's relations with Eastern Neighbourhood

“Researcher – Europe in the World Unit”.

Main tasks:

  • You will become a member of CEPS’ staff and work in the ‘Europe in the World’ unit.
  • You will conduct research activities on a broad range of policy issues raised by the EU’s trade and association agreements, in particular those with implications for relations with Eastern Partnership countries and the Eurasian Economic Union.
  • You will participate in international research teams that carry out projects for European and other funding organisations.
  • You will give presentations on the above-mentioned issues at project meetings and external events.
  • You will write editorials and commentaries.
  • You will assist in the writing of interim and final project reports.
  • You will assist in the acquisition of new research projects.

Your background and qualifications:

  • You are a researcher who is about to defend or has recently obtained a PhD with a focus on the political economy of the EU’s relations with third countries, in particular the Eastern neighbours.
  • You have a good knowledge of the European integration process, EU foreign and trade policy.
  • You are able to critically read and comment on research reports and academic publications.
  • You have a proven record of writing and presentation skills.
  • You are willing and able to organise, moderate and contribute to events at CEPS and its partners.
  • You are willing to assist in writing funding proposals and in carrying out externally funded projects.
  • You are familiar with the rules and procedures for research projects financed by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020.
  • You have an excellent command of English, both orally and in writing. You have an excellent knowledge of at least 1 other EU official languages. Proficiency in Russian and/or 1 of the official languages of the Eastern Partnership countries is an extra asset.

Your profile:

  • You are eager to invest in building and maintaining a growing research network.
  • You are able to work in a research team involving junior and senior colleagues and can organise your own activities.
  • You have a good understanding of the need to be outgoing and to use all possibilities of knowledge dissemination as a means of profiling your own work and that of the organisation.
  • You are able to handle stress, respect deadlines and are able to juggle multiple tasks and changing priorities.
  • You enjoy teamwork and are open to giving and receiving feedback.
  • You have, or are willing to develop insights into ongoing legislative and policy debates.

What CEPS can offer?

We offer full-time employment in Brussels for 1 year, renewable up to 3 years. The salary will be in accordance with your previous experience as well as the CEPS salary scale. We also offer a benefits package (group & hospitalisation insurance, meal tickets, public transport reimbursement, 20 days legal holiday entitlement per year plus additional days when CEPS is closed during the Christmas-New Year period). We would like the preferred candidate to start her/his activities on 1 April 2019.

Career development prospects.

This position will give you the opportunity to progress on your career path and gain the valuable skills, training and experience that would potentially allow you to take on the role of Research Fellow or beyond. CEPS offers a Learning and Development Programme for all staff to develop the necessary skills for their position.

More information...

Further information about the position can be obtained from Steven Blockmans, Head of Unit, e-mail: steven.blockmans@ceps.eu.

Application and deadline.

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation, indicating your salary expectations, and a curriculum vitae which lists your publications and specifies your role in previous research projects, both in English. For the CV, please use the Europass template. They should be e-mailed to applications@ceps.eu by 1 March 2019 with the job title (Researcher) and unit name (Europe in the World) in the subject line.