Economic Policy Researcher (m/f/d)

Bonn | starting immediately | 30h/week


Through Next Generation EU, the EU will distribute 750 billion in the member states for a resilient recovery. This is a unique opportunity to boost the transformation towards a green and socially inclusive economy. In addition, the focus on a resilient economy offers the chance that objectives other than economic growth and productivity will become the focus of European economic policy.

Against this background, the position will closely support our work on economic policy on EU and member state level with special focus on fiscal policy and indicators for a resilient and wellbeing economy. This includes

  • Supporting the assessment of Recovery and Resilience Plans by member states with regard to their sustainability and wellbeing impact
  • Co-developing a framework and governance processes for assessing public budgets to improve the allocation of fiscal spending and its positive impact on wellbeing and the green transition
  • Operationalising resilience and developing a synthesis of different monitoring frameworks of the EU


What we offer

We are a small team that attaches great importance to an appreciative atmosphere and good communication, further we offer:

  • a motivating working environment in a small think & do tank that has made it to the top of EU politics in a short space of time.
  • a strategic, agile, value and purpose oriented working style.
  • a dynamic organization that is entering the exciting phase of scaling up its activities.

With us you can help improve our research capacities on EU economic policy. As part of a motivated and impact-driven team you will carry out a variety of tasks, including:

  • Quantitative and/or qualitative research on our core topics like social, economic and environmental indicators, the European Semester, socio-economic cohesion, trade policy or fiscal policy.
  • Support the writing of policy-briefs and research publications
  • Developing our research profile and identifying research questions for our research strategy
  • Development and writing of research project applications to acquire further third-party funding and scale our activities. This includes monitoring of project calls for proposals.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for people with a strong research profile that share our core principles: Value orientation, sustainability, agility, self-responsibility and flat hierarchies. Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in economics, political economy or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired through other demonstrable means.
  • Several years of research experience in working on economic policy or macroeconomics or political economy. Preferably experienced in working with indicators, policy impact monitoring, fiscal policy and/or modelling of complex systems
  • Thorough and structured way of working, which enables you to collect and classify a large amount of complex information in a short period of time
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and preferably Native English speakers are highly welcomed to apply!

Furthermore, some of the following competencies fit well into our team (although they are not a requirement): completed PhD; experience with quantitative methodologies; quantitative modelling experience; knowledge about indicator databases like EUROSTAT, experience in the acquisition of third-party funds; expertise in economic policy topics like the Stability and Growth Pact, the European Semester and EU economic convergence, socio-economic cohesion and trade policy, knowledge about cooperative behaviour of economic actors



The weekly workload is 30 hours (75%) whereby working hours can be arranged flexibly. The position will be filled for a duration of 12 months, starting as soon as possible. We wish for a regular presence in Bonn. Pay will be based on the public sector collective agreement of the Länder. The position is intended to contribute to development of ZOE’s research capacities. For this reason, we aim for a permanent employment contract at the end of the contract period.


We believe that our society’s behaviour disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people – including people of colour, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We are committed to challenge this through our work for socially just development and by creating a diverse workplace at our organisation. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of marginalized communities.

Application procedure

We are constantly accepting applications. Please send your CV (max 2 pages), a motivation letter (400-500 words), a work sample (power points slides, publication or anything similar) to Please do not attach a photo to your application! Please state “Senior Researcher” in the subject line. If we consider your application to be suitable, we will get back to you as soon as possible after your application with dates for an online interview. In case of any questions please contact Jakob Hafele:

Perhaps also interesting for you?

Support ZOE

With your donation you enable us to ask uncomfortable questions and to work independently.
Become a supporter!