student assistant (f/m/x) (CompNet)

The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association is seeking to hire a student assistant (f/m/x) (for 40–80 hours a month (negotiable), starting as soon as possible) to support the activities of the Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet). The contract will be limited to six months.

Deadline: November 20, 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, in particular the Diagnostic Toolkit for Competitiveness
  • assistance in the planning, organisation, and execution of events (e.g. conferences) and the presentation of results
  • assistance in the writing of reports

The ideal candidates would be/have

  • close to/after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in economics
  • knowledge of database handling
  • advanced MS office skills
  • knowledge of a statistical software (STATA, R, MatLab, Python)
  • fluency (spoken and written) in English is obligatory, working knowledge in German is desirable
  • 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 environment, in particular for students who want to pursue an academic career or a career in international and public policy institutions
  • first grade contact to both, designated and world-leading scholars as well as to policy makers from the ECB, European Commission, National Central Banks of the EU member states, governments bodies and ministries
  • flexible working time

Required documents

Please submit the following documents in a single PDF file:

  • motivation letter (max one page)
  • curriculum vitae (short version)
  • copy Abitur certificate
  • copy Bachelor (if available)
  • copy of the university’s credits
  • copy of matriculation certificate
  • copy of work and/or practical products (if available)

Application procedure

Please address 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 November 20, 2019 to an

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Matthias Mertens
Matthias Mertens

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