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Scientific staff members

CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis conducts scientific economic research that is used by policymakers and politicians in the decision-making process around policy issues. As a scientific staff member, you will be working on complex issues, which you will address from various and sometimes unexpected perspectives.

CPB, generally, recruits new staff twice a year.  Traditionally, this takes place in the first quarter (January), to fill the vacancies at various sectors. People who are completing their education in the current academic year, therefore, are also explicitly invited to apply. More information about the procedure will be published on the CPB website in the near future.  

Job description
You will be working on policy-relevant economic studies, within a team of higher educated professionals. You will be setting up and executing policy analyses, among other things, and work on the practical application of economic or statistical theory, in addressing complex issues. At some point in the future, you will become responsible for setting up and conducting high quality research. This will involve answering questions, including those from the Cabinet and Ministries. When doing so, you will take various interests and external developments into account. You will be using and/or developing mostly scientific methods and techniques, and will publish and present the results from independent analyses for a variety of target audiences in the fields of policy and science. CPB will offer you the opportunity for career advancement, such as a promotion to experienced senior scientific researcher. 

Educational requirements 

  • You have completed your university education in the field of economy or econometrics, and preferably have a PhD degree. We also invite you to apply if you have a degree in some other field, such as mathematics or physics, provided you have demonstrable affinity with quantitative economic analyses.
  • You have up-to-date knowledge of quantitative research methods and economic theory. 

Required competences

  • You have strongly developed analytical skills, and are able to recognise the core element of and relationships between a variety of situations, issues and data. 
  • You are able to present new solutions, ideas and perspectives. You enjoy addressing complex issues from various —and sometimes unexpected— angles. 
  • You form an opinion on the basis of arguments and considerations, leading to an informed judgement. 
  • You make an effort to convince others of a certain idea or viewpoint, using sound and compelling arguments. 
  • You are able to explain complex issues in a clear and adequate manner, to both CPB colleagues and the ministries. 
  • You are a team player, actively exchanging knowledge, information and ideas.
  • Finally, you are focused on obtaining results and are able to meet deadlines, choosing the most appropriate approach to a given goal or task, and organising its execution.  

About CPB
CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis is a part of the ministry of Economic Affairs, but operates independently in conducting socially relevant, economic policy analyses and projections, particularly for the Dutch Government and Parliament. CPB works at the crossroads of science and policy.  Watch this video.

For more information about job vacancies, please contact Claudia Presenti (HR advisor): T: +31 (0)6  290 524 00 or email: c.presenti@cpb.nl


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