student assistant (f/m/d)

The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association is seeking to hire a student assistant (f/m/d) (on full-year basis, for 10–20 hours a week (negotiable), starting in May/June 2019) to support the activities of the Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet).

Deadline: April 28, 2019

CompNet is a network of researchers from IWH, the European Central Bank (ECB), European Commission (EC), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Tinbergen Institute, France Strategy, National Central Banks (NCBs) and National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) of EU member states, as well as a number of distinguished scholars from world-leading academic institutions and international organisations. It aims at studying the topic of competitiveness while assuming that competitiveness originates, ultimately, at the micro-level (firm-level). Accordingly, the development and maintenance of a high-quality comprehensive firm-level database is of crucial importance.

The students will support the activities of CompNet

  • maintenance and enhancement of the dataset collected by the network
  • co-work on reports to the public, academic and other government and official bodies (e.g. providing background materials, performing data visualisation and statistical analysis, summarising results, and drawing conclusions and implications for both research and policy)
  • assist in the planning, organisation, and execution of events (e.g. conferences) and the presentation of results
  • assist in the provision of services offered by the network (training, information service) at the various member institutions
  • manage, maintain and coordinate contacts and be responsible for relations with CompNet members (NCBs, NSIs)
  • manage the routine administrative tasks of the network

The ideal candidates would be/have

  • close to/after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in economics and the ability to/willingness for longer-term engagement (at least for one year; ideally longer)
  • proficiency in microeconomics, in particular in topics related to firm competitiveness and behaviour (i.e. productivity, efficiency, unit labour costs, prices/markups, etc.)
  • knowledge of econometrics, in particular microeconometrics
  • experience in an international organisation, government ministry, academia (student assistant) is an advantage
  • advanced MS office skills
  • knowledge of a statistical software (preferably STATA) is essential, further programming languages (i.e. MATLAB) is an advantage
  • fluency (spoken and written) in English is obligatory, working knowledge in German is desirable
  • analytical skills and high level of numeracy
  • ability to work in a team
  • management and coordination skills
  • self-reliance, ability to work on multiple assignments simultaneously and to prioritise tasks as to deliver results within (short) deadlines

We offer

  • excellent learning environmen
  • first grade contact to both, designated and world-leading scholars as well as to policy makers from the ECB, National Central Banks of the EU member states, governments bodies and ministries
  • flexible working time

Application procedure

Please send your application including your resume and CV with evidence of all qualifications as well as a copy of your enrolment certificate in a single pdf file by April 28, 2019 to

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Dr. Peter Haug
Dr. Peter Haug

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