Applied Economist for Climate Risk Analysis
Advertiser: Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Field(s) of specialization: Development; Growth - Urban; Rural; Regional Economics - Computational Economics
Position type(s): Research Assistant
Location of job: Spain
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 36 months
Application deadline: 18 Mar 2023 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 18 Mar 2023
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting April, 2023.
Ad text:

The Unit JRC.C.6 "Economics of Climate Change, Energy and Transport" offers a position as applied economist to contribute to the European climate risk assessment. The main objective of this project is to assess the impacts of climate change in and outside Europe on the EU. The research underpins climate policy actions under the European Green Deal, EU Adaptation Strategy and Paris Climate Agreement. The analysis integrates JRC and international climate, biophysical and socioeconomic modelling to assess a wide range of impacts of climate change: on people, ecosystems, human assets and economic sectors (see for instance\_en). The candidate will work in a dynamic team with leading experts in climate variability and change, including extreme events, and the socioeconomic impacts of climate change on several sectors. The position is for 36 months with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years and will be based in Seville (Spain).

The main tasks of this position include:

• Conducting quantitative economic analyses that support ex-ante impact assessments for policy initiatives of DG CLIMA and DG REGIO in the context of EU domestic and the international climate agenda;

• Contribute to the development, calibration and validation of modelling tools for the assessment of long-term socio-economic impacts of climate change with a particular focus on regional heterogeneity and spatial interactions;

• Developing methods and tools to assess the aggregated socio-economic impact of climate change and the design of efficient adaptation strategies;

• Contributing to JRC publications, such as science for policy reports and policy briefs, along with internal and external communication on these;

• Collaborating with other teams on various policy-relevant scientific topics, in the unit, with other JRC and EC units, or with external contractors (for instance climate change impact assessment, linking specialized models);

• Participating actively to the international climate impacts research fora: contribution to research projects, evaluation of research results, drafting of scientific publications.

Required qualifications:

• Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years professional experience after university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma, or a PhD;

• Candidates should have experience and demonstrated training in the methods of applied economics, econometrics, economic growth and development, preferably in the context of climate change. Familiarity with the application of spatial econometric techniques and spatial economic models and data analysis will be highly valued;

• Candidates should have ease in manipulating quantitative information and datasets. Knowledge of programming software and languages (such as R, Python, Matlab or Stata) is an important asset and will be highly valued.

• The successful applicant is expected to have an excellent record of research activities including publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff. If you are not in any valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff, you can still apply by applying to the CAST Permanent or to the permanent JRC Call for researchers.

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