Professor and Director of EUROMOD

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research

The appointment to this post will be made as Professor.


This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding individual with the vision and ambition to provide leadership and to shape the future of research on the effects of public policies and income distribution in cross-national perspective, making use of EUROMOD. EUROMOD is the multi-country tax-benefit microsimulation model, unique in its coverage of the EU28 and countries around the world.

EUROMOD has a well-established international reputation, with many opportunities to make an impact on public policy. It is used by policy directorates of the European Commission, other international organisations and national governments for policy design and impact analysis as well as to inform scientific research on the effects of public policies.  EUROMOD has just celebrated 20 years of existence and there are many opportunities for the successful candidate to take EUROMOD in new directions.

Role and Duties

The key purpose of this post is to provide leadership within ISER on research on the effects of public policies and income distribution in cross-national perspective, making use of EUROMOD.

Duties will include undertaking a programme of research and publication that consolidates and extends ISER’s international reputation for research; publishing research in high quality peer reviewed journals; leading a team of researchers using EUROMOD, among other approaches and methods; and managing the relationships with current EUROMOD funders and stakeholders.

The Person

The successful candidate will be an internationally recognised leader in their field. It is expected that they will specialise in quantitative comparative social policy, broadly defined, with a disciplinary background that could range from economics to political science and with interests in income distribution and measurement. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with the ambition and ability to provide new leadership and strategic direction for EUROMOD, building on its successful record of the past two decades.

They will hold a PhD in a relevant social science discipline or have equivalent research experience. They should possess a strong publication record and be able to present evidence of a personal contribution to the next Research Excellence Framework at a minimum 3* level. They must also have prior experience of successful academic leadership and management of large scale projects, and sustained performance in winning external research funding. They will require the ability to establish positive and effective working relationships with colleagues and external partners, and to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment.

Please note, that there are no undergraduate teaching duties associated with this post.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place. 

Please use the ‘Apply’ button below to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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