Job Vacancy: “Research Fellow on Geoeconomics”, Deadline October 7 (Egmont, Belgium)

The Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations is hiring a Research Fellow on Geoeconomics for their Europe in the World Programme.


An age of geoeconomic competition between the great powers is upon us. These profound dynamics are reshaping the global economy across domains as diverse as supply chains, export controls, trade tariffs, investment screening, industrial policy, infrastructure, digital regulation, and more. The European Union has already made major adjustments to position itself in this geoeconomic age – both in mindset and in policy. And still, the geoeconomic challenges the EU faces are increasingly rapidly. The Egmont Institute wants to continue and expand its work on these global and European developments. To that end, it is hiring a full-time Research Fellow who will undertake relevant policy research on key geoeconomic aspects and lead and develop projects with stakeholders.

Main Responsibilities

  • Conduct policy research in relevant geoeconomic areas
  • Write reports and policy briefs as well as shorter commentaries and op-eds
  • Interact with Belgian and international news media
  • Leading and implementing policy research projects, including project financing possibilities
  • Planning, organisation and supporting implementation of events (e.g. Task Forces, Policy Dialogues, panels and workshops)
  • Building and maintaining a network with relevant stakeholders
  • Starting a PhD project in the field of geoeconomics

Qualifications and Skills

  • A Master’s degree in political science, law, or economics
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of geoeconomics
  • Relevant work experience in the Brussels environment of EU institutions, diplomatic representations, and think tanks is a plus
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, the ability to devise and lead research projects, prepare detailed reports and briefing papers, setting out relevant research findings and policy recommendations
  • Ability to maintain and develop a substantial network of relevant stakeholders
  • Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is highly recommended
  • Ability to work autonomously, sense of initiative, team spirit, intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and adaptability

What We Offer

  • A permanent employment contract with competitive renumeration
  • An exciting environment in one of Brussels’ key foreign policy think tanks
  • High level of autonomy and responsibility to develop the research project
  • Office space in the heart of Belgium’s Foreign Affairs district

How to Apply

Send a CV and a motivation letter compiled in a PDF file (no more than 3 pages in total) should be emailed to Prof. Dr Sven Biscop, Director, Europe in the World Programme, by 7 October

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a 2-page outline proposing a research agenda and outputs (publications and research) in the field of geoeconomics for Egmont.

Learn more here.