Apply for vacancy:

Early Stage Researcher (ESR - PhD candidate)

position on undeclared work and income at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga), Latvia

Application deadline: 30 October 2020

Duration: 3 years, full time position

Place: The position is based at SSE Riga, Latvia

Eligibility criteria:

  • You have not been resident (or have had your main activity i.e. work or study) in Latvia for more than 12 of the 36 months prior to recruitment. Apart from residency limitations, any nationality is eligible to apply.
  • You hold Master’s degree in economics or business management with excellent study results.
  • You have an in-depth interest in the theme of the size and fight against fiscal and social fraud.
  • You are ambitious personality, able to finalise research work in a timely and preferably creative manner.
  • You are a team-work player interested both in generating high quality academic result and at the same time willing to engage in the debate on the policy and industry level.
  • You have no more than 4 years of full-time research experience at a university or research centre, you do not hold a PhD degree.
  • You have an excellent written and oral English skills.

Project is funded by project MARKETS: Mapping Uncertainties, Challenges and Future Opportunities of Emerging Markets: Informal Barriers, Business Environments and Future Trends in Eastern Europe, The Caucasus and Central Asia.

Suggested PhD topic (guideline): Measuring and tackling social and fiscal fraud with a cross-country perspective (Baltics-CIS).

Project focus: To explore the mechanisms that are used to overcome social and fiscal rules in international mobility cases; collect new quantitative and qualitative data; contribute to policy and academic debates

PhD supervisor: Prof. Arnis Sauka


Since SSE Riga does not have a PhD programme, selected candidate should/ will be enrolled into a PhD programme in Latvia in one of the partner universities. The training during the programme will be implemented in the network of MARKETS fellows and is expected to be intensive and demanding, but it is also what we call a “career accelerator”. A fellow will be offered first class working conditions, salary, mobility allowance, family allowance and networking opportunities.

MARKETS is coordinated by Dublin City University, MARKETS is a business and policy oriented PhD training equipping 15 fellows with theoretical knowledge, analytical skills and complementary training to understand and deal with practical and business problems in the region. Our goal is to compare countries that had fully opened to foreign investors by the early 2000s – Estonia, Latvia (now EU members), Georgia (considered by many as an example of best practice in reforms), and Kyrgyzstan (where markets are stable but no major economic leap is expected in the next immediate future) – with what have been identified as significant prospective post-USSR markets for the next ten years - Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan (all of which have shown a more concrete desire for economic dialogue in the past three years), Russia (its eastern region and, in particular, Siberia, which has remained largely unexplored by EU companies), and Azerbaijan, a country that has finally started interacting in more concrete terms with the EU.

Starting from an individual research and training path, that will be tailored to each PhD student career aspirations, MARKETS researchers will engage in a collective team-exercise to:

1) construct a map of business environments in the region. To do this, we will measure and assess currently available information against informal business practices, business cultures and foreign investment sentiments (with regard to relationships with the authorities, other businesses, formal/informal lobby groups and society) of companies operating in each target country

2) create, develop and work to improve the sustainability of training programmes for future analysts to equip them with a deep practical understanding of the region, embedded in the newest theoretical and methodological approaches

Our goal is to translate scientific results into valuable strategic intelligence, guidelines and recommendations that can mitigate the difficulties European entrepreneurs often face when trying to enter and succeed in the region.

To apply:

Applications must contain your: (1) CV, (2) Application letter, (3) short (500-1000 words) summary of your doctoral project. 

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews.

Please submit your application to SSE Riga by sending information to and by 30 October 2020, midnight.

For more information please e-mail Prof. Arnis Sauka,

By submitting CV, the candidate affirms the processing of his/her personal data according to the Personal Data Protection Law.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 861034.