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OPEN POSITIONS Post-doc in Environmental Economics

The Department of Economics belong to the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg and has around 125 employees from several countries. The teaching within the department is economics and statistics and the department has around 800 students registered at courses and programs. A diversity of researcher are located at the department where several of them are internationally well known economists. The conducting research is within a broad range of areas, including labor, environmental, development, behavioral, and financial economics. More information about the department is available at

Subject area
Environmental Economics

Subject area description
Environmental economics deals with the economic aspects of global, national and local environmental problems and policies. More specifically, this includes identifying the causes behind environmental problems which are often related to dilemmas of joint action in the face of market failures. We estimate the costs and benefits of policies dealing with areas as air pollution, water quality, toxic substances, solid waste, natural resources and global warming, and how such policies interact with human behavior.

Members of the Environmental Economics Group at the Department of Economics conduct theoretical and empirical research on three main areas. Firstly, the reasons for market and policy failure at the micro and macro levels. Secondly, the selection and design of policy instruments, both nationally (in both rich and poor countries) and globally, to deal with environmental issues. Thirdly, much of our research focuses on experimental and valuation studies and their behavioral foundations.

Job assignments
The duties include collaborating with a multidisciplinary team within the framework of a research project: “Restoration of contaminated areas after a nuclear accident: Societal problems and how best combinations of long-term measures can be chosen to protect residents from radiation”. The tasks include collaboration with physicists, medical professionals and other experts, where your role will be to explain and perform certain calculations, such as discounting of future costs, calculations of "Value of Statistical Life", etc. Own research may apply to discounting mechanisms, willingness to pay to avoid radiation damage (and how it compares with the willingness to avoid other types of harm), or (hedonic) analysis of property price changes ​​in areas affected by radioactive radiation.

Qualification for the employment of teaching staff is set forth in Chapter 4, Sections 3–4 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg's own appointments procedure (V2018/161).

Required qualifications include having a PhD in Environmental Economics environmental, or equivalent. In order to be eligible for employment as a post-doc in environmental economics the following is also required; research competence in Environmental Economics or similar. Some knowledge of economics is a requirement.
Qualified is the person who masters English and preferably also Swedish in speech and writing.

The assessment criteria for employment as a teacher are set out in Chapter 4, Sections 3–4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the University of Gothenburg’s own appointments procedure.

The applicant who, in the overall assessment of skills and potential, is deemed to be best suited to carry out the identified job assignments will be selected for the employment.

Scientific skills and development potential are of particular importance. The assessment of scientific skills include both a valuation of submitted scientific articles of relevance for the position, as well as an assessment of the applicants potential for further scientific development within the field of the position. Particular emphasis is given to the research carried out in the fields of environmental economics. Inter-disciplinary research and an understanding of relevant natural sciences is considered a merit. Policy relevant research is also considered a merit.

Personal suitability is of importance for the appointment of employment. For the position, it is important with ability to co-operate and you should be able to work independently as well as in a team.

The employment is a temporary employment during two years with an extent of 100 % of full time, located at the Department of Economics. Starting date is 2019-02-01 or upon agreement. 

For further information regarding the position
Please contact:
Thomas Sterner, Professor,

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application at the last date of application.

Please attach the following in the application:

- Resumé/CV and personal details.
- Copy of PhD
- Educational certificates, diplomas etc.
- A declaration of intent (maximum of one-two pages) in which the applicant explains how he/she intends to work if offered the position.
- Research activities: Summary of the applicant’s own academic research activities.
- Summary of the applicant’s leadership abilities and administrative skills, and any merits related to collaboration with surrounding society and other activities. Special emphasis should be given to merits of direct relevance for the current position.
- Up to three representative and recently produced papers.
- References (name and contact information).

All attachments must be labelled and named appropriately.

Closing date no later than: 2018-12-27

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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