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Vacancy – Researcher (macroeconomic)

CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis conducts scientifically based economic analyses and projections relevant for government policy, parliament and societal organisations.


CPB’s Sector Macro economics has the ambition to be an authoritative source of knowledge in the field of macroeconomic development in the Netherlands, Europe and around the world. The sector conducts high quality research directed to important and current policy issues within these themes. This concerns both empirical, model and fundamental research on real and financial developments within the Dutch and international economy.


The sector has a vacancy for a researcher at the Macro programme, which covers the broad area of macroeconomics in the Netherlands. The programme conducts projections, analyses policy impacts, and develops and maintains the tools it needs to do so. Finally, the programme also investigates the determinants of productivity growth.

Job description

As scientific staff member, you will be working on policy-relevant economic studies, within a team of higher educated professionals. At some point in the future, you will become responsible for setting up and conducting high quality research.  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.

Required competences

With regard to knowledge, CPB is looking for someone with the following abilities and traits:

  • You have overall knowledge of macroeconomics and experience in empirical research. Some modelling experience would be an advantage.
  • 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 enjoy addressing complex issues from various —and sometimes unexpected— perspectives.
  • You form an opinion on the basis of arguments and considerations, leading to an informed judgement.
  • You are a team player, actively exchanging knowledge, information and ideas. In doing so, you are able to explain complex issues in a clear and adequate manner, to both CPB colleagues and the ministries. You make an effort to convince others of a certain idea or viewpoint, using sound and compelling arguments.
  • 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.

Our offer

We offer an exciting work environment, at the centre of Dutch economic policy, with excellent terms of employment, such as a guaranteed end-of-year bonus, a good pension scheme and a competitive salary. There are also opportunities for career advancement, such as a promotion to senior scientific researcher, under sufficient experience gained while working on challenging projects.

More information and application
For more information, please contact Albert van der Horst (Head of the Sector Macro economics, 31+ (0)6 52526165). We would like to receive your letter of application, including your curriculum vitae and graduate/postgraduate diploma, no later than by 28 January 2018.  Please upload your files here:  http://cpb.onlinevacatures.nl/nl/Vacature/Solliciteren/92938


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