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PhD student (joint degree UGent-UCLouvain) - Belgium  

Ghent University (company)

Posted on : 10 July 2017

Project Description

• The candidate writes a doctoral thesis under the supervision of Profs. Bart Cockx (SHERPPA, UGent), Muriel Dejemeppe (IRES, UCL) and Bruno Van der Linden (IRES, UCL). The objective is to obtain a joint PhD degree in economics of UGent and UCLouvain.

• The research is focused on a project entitled “Scrapping Benefits for Youth: Does it Bring Jobs or Just Misery?”. The description of the research project can be downloaded on o

• The competencies and research interests of the promoters are described on o o o

• In addition to executing the tasks described in the research project, the PhD candidate will improve his/her research skills by completing a doctoral training programme. This includes advanced courses within the Belgian Graduate School in Economics, and attending and presenting research in seminars and international conferences.

For more information on a Ph.D. in Economics at UGent and UCL



Profile of the candidate

• As of the date of hiring, you are holder of a Master degree (120 credits) in Economics, Business Economics, Business Engineering, or Statistics, which you should have completed at least with honours.

• You can work independently, accurately and systematically.

• You have an interest in applied quantitative methods, labour economics and micro-econometric evaluation of labour market policies.

• Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is not required but is an asset.


• A full-time research scholarship for one year, with the possibility of renewal up to two or three additional years.

• Salary net of taxes is of the order of 1,900 € per month. The recruited person benefits from the complete Belgian insurance scheme without additional expenses.

• SHERPPA (UGent) and IRES (UCL) will provide the PhD student with office space and computer facilities. The PhD student will divide his/her time between the two research centres according to arrangements to be agreed upon.

How to apply

Send not later than July 13, 2017 to prof. Bruno Van der Linden (

• a letter of motivation, • a transcript of your grades (of all subjects) and/or your degree(s) at university,

• the master thesis (if available, full text and abstract),

• GRE scores (if available)

• your CV, in which you mention two academic referees who could be contacted for reference letters.

A decision will be taken shortly afterwards.

Do not hesitate to send a mail for more info (