Researcher "Europe in the World Unit"

Centre for European Policy Studies
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 04

Position description

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.

Application instructions

Further information about the position can be obtained from Steven Blockmans, Head of Unit, e-mail [email protected]

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 [email protected] by 1 March 2019 with the job title (Researcher) and unit name (Europe in the World) in the subject line. 

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