Postdoc position in Environmental Economics

Aarhus University
Aarhus, Denmark
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The Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark is offering a postdoctoral research position for 3 years. The position is to be filled May 1st, 2020, or upon agreement.<br /><br /><strong>The Department of Environmental Science</strong><br />The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science &amp; Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from social science, geography, economics and policy analysis to mathematical modelling, physics, chemistry, and microbiology. Both pure and applied research is conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services and climate change. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 145 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br /><br />The selected postdoc candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Social Science and Geography. The section employs 25 staff and focuses on analyses of the interlinkages between the environment and society, involving the disciplines of economics, political science , sociology and geography. The strategic foci of the section include policy analysis, spatial modelling, and economics of ecosystem services, with applications to water quality management, urban and rural land use, energy and climate policy, as well as biodiversity. The results are published in international scientific journals, and also disseminated to policy makers, stakeholders, and the wider society through popular publications, conferences and seminars.<br /><br /><strong>Description of the position</strong><br />The postdoc will develop economic research on the design of environmental policies in the presence of ecosystem linkages between water quality, biodiversity, and climate. Such linkages imply that there are possibilities for positive synergies from policy action, but also a risk that actions taken to improve a single resource have unintended negative effects. Economic activity affects these ecosystem services through, for example, emissions, land use, efforts to improve coastal and marine habitats, and recreational and commercial harvesting of species. The existence of linkages can affect both the choice of policy instrument type, the design of the policy instrument, and the scope and stringency of the policy.<br /><br />The selected candidate has the possibility to contribute to advisory work, e.g., as part of the contract with the Ministry of Environment and Food or other advisory projects. There will also be possibilities for contributing to the development of teaching of graduate courses on environmental economics as well as other teaching activities.<br /><br /><strong>Qualifications requirements</strong><br />An applicant is considered to be eligible for the postdoctoral position if she or he has a PhD in Economics.<br /><br />Applicants for the postdoctoral position will be assessed primarily on the basis of their scholarly merits. Additionally, the following criteria will be considered:<br /> * Documented research experience in environmental and resource economics and in applied economic modelling.<br /> * Quality of the research plan.<br /> * Documented cooperative and administrative skills.<br /> * Experience of outreach activities.<br /> * Good skills in English.<br /><br />Emphasis will also be placed on personal suitability when assessing the applications.<br />Aarhus University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, age and ethnic background.<br /><br /><strong>Work location</strong><br />The place of work will be at Aarhus University in Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits. Within about 5 years, the department will move to Copenhagen.<br /><br />International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.<br /><br /><strong>Further </strong><strong>information: </strong>For further information about the position, please contact Professor Katarina Elofsson, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br /><br /><strong>Application procedure</strong><br />Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.<br /><br /><strong>Formalities and salary range</strong><br />Science and Technology refers to the <a href=" target="_blank">Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation</a>.<br /><br />The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found <i><a href=" target="_blank">here.</a></i><br /><br />Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the <i><a href=" target="_blank">Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities</a>. </i><br /><br />Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.<br /><br />All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.<br /><br />Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br />Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br /><em>The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.</em><br /><br /><strong>Aarhus </strong><strong>University</strong><br /><em>Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to </em><em>its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em><br /><br /><strong>Deadline:</strong><br />01 February 2020