Starting in September 2019 or earlier

Job description

  • The doctoral project aims to study the distributional effect of globalization in both developed and developing economies. The project will address distributional issues between income groups as well as between regions.
  • The project is financed by an EOS grant “Winners and Losers from Globalization and Market Integration: Insights from Micro-Data” in collaboration with the universities of Namur, Antwerp and the KU Leuven. The candidate will be based at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), but will also benefit from a strong link with other members of the project in partner universities.
  • The candidate will write a doctoral thesis under the main supervision of William Parienté. The candidate will work at IRES and in particular interact with the other professors involved in the project at UCL, notably Frédéric Docquier and Gonzague Vannoorenberghe, as well as another PhD student and a postdoc researcher on the project. The economics department in Louvain-la-Neuve provides a vibrant academic environment, with currently 18 faculty members and more than 40 PhD students.
  • In addition to performing the tasks of the research project, the PhD candidate will improve his/her research skills by completing a doctoral training program in Economics and will actively participate in the research activities of the institute. To find a description of the rules of the Doctoral Program in Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain, please go to: https://uclouvain.be/en/faculties/espo/esl/steps.html.
  • The position does not come with any teaching duties.


  • The candidate holds (or will hold by September 2019) a Master degree in Economics (minimum 5 years of study), which should be completed with honors. Preference will be given to students who have completed a second Master year with a research orientation and students who have taken courses or written a thesis in the field of development economics.
  • The candidate works independently, accurately and systematically.
  • The candidate must have a deep interest in questions related to development, globalization and a thorough knowledge of econometrics, and should be proficient in English.

General conditions

  • The position is open starting September 2019 for two years, with an additional 16 months subject to a successful intermediary evaluation.
  • Salary, net of taxes, is of the order of 1.900€ per month. The recruited person benefits from the complete Belgian social insurance scheme (health care, etc.) without additional expenses.
  • IRES will provide the PhD student with office space and computer facilities.


Send a motivation letter and your CV including a copy of all your exam results to Severine Dinjar (severine.dinjar@uclouvain.be) no later than May 15th, 2019. Include the name of two professors who could act as a referee for your application. Submissions that do not abide by these instructions will not be considered.

Published on March 22, 2019