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News | 07 Jun 2021

The JRC Unit for Foresight, Modelling, Behavioural Insights & Design for Policy is hiring

You can find more information and apply here under Competences, Auxiliary Contract Staff positions. 

Job Description

  • Job title: Behavioural Expert
  • Location: Brussels
  • Employment type: Full-time
  • Skills: Behavioural insights, data analysis, communication skills


The European Commission' science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) offers a vacancy for a Behavioural Expert in the Competence Centre on Behavioural Insights. The jobholder will be responsible for organising, preparing and running behavioural analyses, studies, and experiments. This also involves engaging with stakeholders to explore the problem matter, generate neat research questions, and develop a protocol design.

The current vacancy is in the Directorate for Competences Centres of the JRC in Brussels, within the "Foresight, Modelling, Behavioural Insights & Design for Policy" Unit.

The tasks of the successful candidate will include:

  • Identifying new research needs in the field of behavioural sciences, arising from new policy developments;
  • Conducting exploratory and policy-relevant behavioural research;
  • Supporting policy DGs in applying behavioural insights to specific policy issues;
  • Giving presentations in academic and non-academic conferences, and providing training on behavioural sciences to EU staff;
  • Drafting comprehensive reports, articles and/or briefings and speeches on behavioural sciences;
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with policy-makers working across the EU and Member States;
  • Contributing to the provision of training activities, management and promotion of our Community of Practice, and collaborations with stakeholders.



An enthusiastic person with:

  • a strong interest in and understanding of Behavioural Insights;
  • knowledge of quantitative research methods, and be familiar with micro-data analysis, ideally experimental methodology;
  • proven experience in conducting independent research projects;
  • a University degree, preferably in social sciences;
  • excellent English drafting and presentation skills;
  • the ability to work in teams and to deal with tight deadlines.

In addition, the following qualifications are considered as an advantage:

  • Experience in designing and implementing (national or cross-country) field experiments, applying behavioural insights into policy-making;
  • A PhD in social sciences.

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff.


You can find more information and apply here under Competences, Auxiliary Contract Staff positions.