Economic Complexity Analyst - FG IV Scientific

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's in-house science service. Its mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based, scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. Further information is available at:

The Territorial Development Unit B.3 of the JRC has a vacancy for a Contractual Agent. The position is part of the Unit's Industrial Technological & Innovation Challenges for Industry 2030 (TIC-2030) team of around ten scientists. TIC-2030 provides empirical evidence on the innovation and economic performance of key innovative industries in order to support EU research and industrial policies. The TIC-2030 team produces the annual EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboards, which analyse private R&D based on the audited annual accounts of companies, and conducts complementary analyses on corporate R&D and innovation as well as their economic impact and trends.

Recently, the work of the team has been extended towards non-traditional analyses, such as economic complexity.

The objective is to contribute to the policy support and scientific research of the team under supervision of the project leader/scientific officer.

This includes an active role in fostering relevant output for the TIC-2030 stakeholders, i.e. the project customer, policymakers, industrialists and the scientific community.

The candidate should produce original research and analyses. (S)he should have high proficiency in compiling data, conducting analyses and writing concise reports. Given that the TIC-2030 team uses a wide range of internal and external datasources, the following data-related capacities are important:
• Compile, merge, process and structure data from various sources and prepare them for decision-making.
• Conceive data structures and integrate/merge databases in order to fulfil research needs.
• Analyse and assess relevant data and information in order to support policy-making on industrial research and innovation
• Proficient use of programming languages aimed to scientific statistical analysis and data visualization, e.g. Python or R.
• Foster the use of novel analytical approaches, e.g. economic fitness and complexity, network analyses or neural networks.
Also, the candidate should take an active role among the TIC-2030 stakeholders and the scientific community by:
• Organising workshops, preparing seminars, animating international scientific networks and managing experts groups.
• Writing and publishing policy briefs, scientific reports and articles.
• Exchanging information with the European Commission services and EUROSTAT, as well as with national statistical offices and other relevant bodies (including international organizations, such as OECD).
• Following-up trends and developments in the area of Research and Innovation Policy and of other policies related to Industrial Research in the European Union, in particular Industrial Policy.

The candidate should also initiate and manage smaller contracts with experts and external organisations, including project and financial documentation.

The candidate should have demonstrated experience in the above capacities and solid use of analytical tools. (S)he should have thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the field and proven ability to provide consultancy and policy advice based on statistical and economic analyses.

Experience in qualitative and quantitative analysis (mostly based on micro-data) for policy evaluation (ex-ante, intermediate and ex-post) in the areas of science and technology, innovation and industrial policy would be an asset, especially in the field of economic complexity applied to innovation.

The candidate should be highly motivated and able to work in a team.

The candidate should have a PhD or 5 years of research experience, after university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma.

The candidate must have a very good level of written and spoken English (C1).

Institute/Directorate Unit: 
JRC B Growth & Innovation
B.3 Territorial Development
Technological & Innovation Challenges for Industry 2030 (TIC-2030)
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Indicative Duration:
36 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years

JRC Site / Country:
Seville / Spain

Rules and Eligibility:
The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the permanent open call for researchers FG IV:

After registering your profile in the above link, you must go to "Personal Area" to start a "New Application" in order to answer to the present vacancy call.

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Please note that due to the high number of applications received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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