Post Doctoral Research Associate

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Position Title

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Economics of Biofuel Production and Policy, Land Use, and Water Scarcity

Nature of Position

Economic Modeling of Short and Long Run Environmental Impacts of Biofuels 

Date Available

The start date for this full-time appointment January 1, 2021. This will be an annual appointment; renewable depends on performance and availability of funds.  

Principal Duties

This position is part of Purdue’s initiatives in the Global Economic Analysis of Biofuel Production and Policy, Land Use, and Water Scarcity. The successful candidate will report directly to the PI: Professor Farzad Taheripour. It will involve working with scholars and researchers seeking to understand the local and global economic and land use implications of biofuel production and policy as well as studying the economic implications of climate change and water scarcity at local and global scales. The economic modeling will build upon the Computable General Equilibrium model, GTAP-BIO. In addition, developing Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and spatial analysis using GIS, R, or Python will be required.

The selected applicant will be expected to publish, as well as play a leading role in research projects, and contribute to competitive grant proposals. This person will be housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics and will be involved in collaborative relationships with colleagues in the Center Global Trade Analysis Project ( and experts from national and international organizations.  


The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in agricultural, resource, environmental economics, or economics. S/he should have research experience in partial or general equilibrium modeling. Prior experience in Life Cycle Analysis, handling spatially explicit data, and working with hydrological models is desirable.  


Commensurate with training and experience. 


Applications may be initiated by sending required documents to Search Chair, Farzad Taheripour, Ph.D., via his assistant Linda Klotz, at Purdue University, Department of Agricultural Economics, 403 W. State St., Krannert Building, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2056.  A background check is required for employment in this position.  
A Complete Application Includes: 

•    A cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and experience
•    A resume´
•    Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references who can evaluate the applicant’s qualifications for this position

Closing Date

November 30, 2020, or until an acceptable candidate is found. 
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.