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Researcher or Senior Researcher on EWCs, SE-Works Councils and transnational information and consultation

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) - Research Department

Location: Brussels - Belgium
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th March 2021
Closes: 20th April 2021

The Research Department of the European Trade Union Institute is recruiting a Researcher or Senior Researcher specialised in European industrial relations, workers’ participation, and economic and industrial democracy.

Job Description

Within a dynamic international environment, you will work in a team of about ten researchers working in the broad area of the ‘Europeanisation of industrial relations’. Your research will focus primarily on transnational information and consultation that takes place within European works councils and SE-works councils. Together with colleagues, you will be responsible for developing an own research agenda which situates transnational information and consultation within the context of European industrial relations, which includes the different national industrial relations systems in the EU, a trade union agenda for European industrial relations, and European policy-making processes. You will support the coordination of the ETUI’s Workers’ Participation in Europe network, an expert network that focusses on information, consultation and board-level employee representation in Europe.

To these ends, you will take part in international research networks and maintain contacts with universities, other research institutes, and trade union organisations. You will organise workshops, seminars and conferences, and publish the results of your research in ETUI publications, academic and specialised journals, and other media. Additionally, you will be expected to provide expertise in support of European trade union organisations, particularly the ETUC and the sectoral European Trade Union Federations.


We expect you to have a Doctoral degree – or be nearing completion - in economics, sociology, political science, or a related discipline, and sound professional experience in researching industrial relations. Prior experience in developing and implementing multi-annual research would be a particular asset. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong interest in working with databases and handling data and with proven analytical skills. Prior publications in the field, including in peer-reviewed academic journals, would be an asset.

In addition, candidates are expected to have:

- knowledge of the European Union and the European institutions;

- knowledge of the European trade unions;

- good communication and team-working skills and a readiness to travel within Europe;

- excellent knowledge of English (working language). Knowledge of one of the official

languages of the EU is an advantage;

- familiarity with standard computer applications.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will initially be a full-time position for a 3-year period with the possibility of extension.

The ETUI offers a uniquely dynamic working environment, combining excellent academic standards with close contacts to European policy makers.

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The ETUI offers good working conditions with a competitive salary and an attractive package of fringe benefits in line with qualifications and experience.

Applications and supporting documents (CV, evidence of qualifications, list of publications, etc.) should be addressed before 20 April 2021, 5:00 p.m., to:

Prof. Nicola Countouris

Director of the Research Department


Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5

B-1210 Brussels

Tel.: 32/2/224.04.90 Fax: 32/2/224.05.03


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