PhD Traineeship, External Statistics and Sector Accounts Division

The European Central Bank

Frankfurt, Germany

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You will be part of the External Statistics and Sector Accounts Division in the Directorate General Statistics. The Directorate General is responsible for developing, compiling and disseminating the statistics and the ECB uses to conduct monetary policy and banking supervision, and thus the ECB, the Eurosystem and the European System of Central Banks be carried out. In addition, we provide statistical support to the European Systemic Risk Board and ECB Banking Supervision.

You want to join the Sector Accounts and Fiscal Statistics Section. We are a team of 20 staff responsible for, among other tasks, compiling and disseminating the quarterly integrated euro area accounts. We therefore take an active role in the development of distributional national accounts and the monitoring of key developments in non-financial national accounts.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply, irrespective of your gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or other characteristics.

Your Role

As a PhD trainee you will:

  • Household Finance and Consumption Survey (HFCS) with the Household Sector macro data included in financial accounts (FA), as well as analyzing this linkage further and investigating potential analytical uses;
  • prepare documents for meetings of experts from national authorities;
  • develop and refine estimation methods to estimate distributional financial accounts by linking the HFCS and FA;
  • improve and maintain the software (programmed in R) used to produce distributional financial accounts;
  • complete a conceptual or empirical study suitable for presentation at internal seminar and / or to experts from national authorities

The position offers you excellent opportunities to gain insight into conceptual, methodological and operational work on statistics in a policy-oriented environment and work independently, under the guidance of mentor. You want to be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.

Qualifications, experience and skills

Essential:

  • a master's degree in economics, econometrics, statistics, mathematics, social sciences or another relevant discipline with at least two years of PhD studies in one of these fields;
  • competence in the use of statistical and / or mathematical software packages (preferably R), time series analysis packages (eg Stata or similar) and related computer programming experience; or, experience, dealing with large and complex data sets (eg, survey data or micro data);
  • an advanced command of English and an intermediate command of at least one other official language of the EU.

Desired:

  • knowledge of national accounts (financial and / or non-financial), or related economic statistics, eg, monetary statistics and / or household surveys, together with the use of data in applied research or analysis;
  • knowledge of or experience in financial instruments and / or statistical methods (eg statistical modeling and inference, extrapolation methods).

You are curious and eager to learn, and want to further develop your ability to analyze complex information. You are not to collaborate with others, pursue team goals and learn from other people's diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs, and want to signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.

Further information

The planned starting date is 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The recruitment process for this position may include a remote written exercise at the screening stage and - if you are invited to participate in the selection procedure - an online interview via WebEx.

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