Career opportunities

Spontaneous applications

IPP welcomes spontaneous applications from talented researchers and professionals with a strong passion for public policy and institutional reform in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries, and Europe. Please send your CV to, and we will get in touch with you as soon as interesting opportunities arise.


Research Assistant

Main functions

  • Provide research assistance to an innovative project in applied economics:
    • Conduct and organize literature reviews
    • Data collection, organization and compilation
    • Process and transform data sets using statistical and/or econometric techniques
    • Assist in econometric modelling and data analysis
    • Report drafting and presentation of results
  • The topic of this project is related to understanding possible generational imbalances implicit in the recent history and future projections of public finances in Portugal, comparing the cost in terms of taxes and social contributions levied and the benefit from social benefits and public services.

Desired profile

  • A bachelor’s degree in Economics, with an above-average academic track record and a strong quantitative background is mandatory. The ideal candidate will have completed at least the curricular part of an MSc in Economics.
  • An interest in macroeconomics and public finance would be well regarded.
  • Proficiency in English, and a working knowledge of Portuguese, is essential.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Working knowledge of statistical packages (STATA, R or EVIEWS) is important. Additionally, knowledge of MATLAB would be valued.
  • Desired “soft skills”: Team spirit; strong work ethic; profound social and political conscience; excellent communication and presentation ability; demonstrated ability to work autonomously, under pressure, tight deadlines and varying workloads

Terms and conditions

  • Full-time(35 hours per week)internship for the duration of 9 months(January-September 2019)
  • Benefits and exact role depend on profile and experience of applicant
  • The selected candidate should be available to begin work within the first two weeks of January.
  • Flexible working schedule both in terms of working hours and over the project cycle
  • Working remotely for part of the time possible

How to apply

Applications may be accepted until 16th December 2018 but the position may be filled before, so please apply as soon as possible

Please submit to, mentioning reference code «ROFF-2018-2» in the subject line:

  • CV (non-Europass).
  • Copy of most recent official academic transcript with grades
  • Short cover letter stating your motivation to apply for this vacancy (max. 3500 characters and spaces)

A sample of your writing (any original document in English, preferably academic).

Selected candidates will be invited to an interview in Lisbon or, if necessary, via Skype

Any queries may be addressed to Luís Teles Morais at