Postdoctoral Researcher (Climate Econometrics)

Application deadline: Tuesday 4th September 2018

£31,604 - £42,418 per annum

Nuffield College seeks to appoint several postdoctoral researchers from different disciplines to contribute to the ‘Climate Econometrics (CE)’ project ( whose principal aim is to improve the understanding of the impact of humanity on climate and vice versa.

For the post of Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Econometrics, the College seeks a candidate with a background in Economics with a focus on Econometrics. The post-holder will contribute to the research objectives of the CE project through the development of their own independent research on climate econometrics, and collaboration with the central project team and the wider research community. They will adapt existing and develop new econometric research methodologies, with a focus on linking climate sciences and empirical economics; and contribute and develop ideas for new research projects. They will contribute to, and benefit from, knowledge exchange between econometric modelling, climate science, and the economics of climate change. They will collaborate in preparing research publications and communications to policy makers and the public, presenting research at conferences and research workshops, and representing the CE research network at external meetings/seminars. The post-holder may also undertake ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.

Applicants should hold or be close to completing, a doctorate in Economics with a major focus on Econometrics. The successful candidate should have submitted their doctoral dissertation by the time they take up the post. Applicants should have proven research ability commensurate with their career stage, evidenced through scholarly publications and presentations at international conferences, and should demonstrate an interest in climate change and related research in their research and professional activities. Applicants should have experience in working with statistical software environments, e.g. R, Ox, Matlab, or Python. They should be able to contribute innovatively to econometric methods relevant to non-stationary climate data, and to undertake empirical analyses of the data. They should have excellent written and oral communication skills and the capacity to represent the CE research network at meetings. The successful candidate will be able to manage their own academic research and associated activities, contribute ideas for new research projects, and work in an inter-disciplinary environment, collaborating with researchers spanning multiple fields from economics to climate science, and networking effectively to build new contacts.

A background knowledge in climate science would be desirable, as would experience of empirical modelling of time-series or spatio-temporal data. Experience in non-technical communication of research findings, in writing grant applications or securing external research funding would also be desirable.

The post is based at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford. The salary will be agreed in the range £31,604 to £42,418 per annum (Grade 7). The post is full-time and fixed term for 3 years, with an initial probationary period of six months, and is available from October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further particulars and information about how to apply can be found in the job description.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation to participate in the project, highlighting any background in statistics/econometrics and in policy communication, with a short outline of your proposed strategy, noting how your research augments existing Climate Econometrics projects.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including full list of publications/working papers (please indicate your contribution if papers are co-authored).

You will also be asked to ensure that three full references (including two academic references) are received via the Interfolio platform by the closing date. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to provide their referees’ names and email addresses which will generate email reference requests from Interfolio to the referees, who will be invited to upload their confidential references directly to the Interfolio platform.


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The deadline for applications is Tuesday 4th September 2018.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.