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Postdoctoral Scholar in environmental and resource economics

Postdoctoral Scholar in environmental and resource economics with a focus on empirical energy economics.

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The Center for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE) has about 30 affiliated researchers and doctoral students. CERE is hosted by the Department of Economics at Umeå University, and is a joint initiative between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Umeå University. Inaugurated in 2009, CERE is now a well-established center with more than ten nationalities represented and a vigorous research exchange program. For more information about CERE and the host departments, visit the websites www.cere.sewww.econ.umu.se

This is a full time scholarship for a period of two years, beginning (tentatively) in autumn 2017 (or later, upon agreement). The postdoctoral researcher will conduct at least 80% research at the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE), Umeå University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The successful applicant is expected to conduct applied/empirical research in energy economics, particularly the economics of electricity. 

Eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria

It is required that the applicant has a doctorate (PhD) in economics or related fields (such as agricultural and applied economics). Specific criteria for this scholar are that the research focus should be on empirical economics, applied to environmental and/or energy-related issues. The successful candidate will collaborate closely in a research team on specific topics related to electricity demand and electricity markets. A strong background in modern empirical economics, including a familiarity with empirical welfare measurement, and strong interest in energy-related issues, will be expected. Exposure to demand systems and likelihood-based or GMM estimation will be desirable. The applicant must have obtained the doctorate (PhD) degree no more than three years prior to the application deadline.

Important criteria for evaluation include: previous research and research planning relevant to the research area of the call, and scientific skills, demonstrated through publications in scientific journals, other publications and successful research applications. Furthermore, applicants are expected to possess:

  • Strong quantitative skills/background, particularly in a broad range of empirical methods applied to environmental and/or energy economic issues.
  • Excellent language and communication skills in English (knowledge of Swedish is a merit, but not a requirement).
  • Ability to, and an interest in, working in small groups or teams.
  • Some experience and interest in teaching, and good pedagogical skills.


The application should include: (i) a brief description of your qualifications and research interests relevant to the position, (ii) complete CV and publication list, (iv) copies or PDF files of at least two and up to four selected publications, (v) Study Certificate (evidence of completion or likelihood of completion of the PhD) from a University, and (vi) the names and contact addresses of 1-3 references.

A limited selection of applicants will be invited to give a seminar/lecture at CERE.

For further information, please contact Professor Runar Brännlund, deputy research director, CERE ( or Professor Bengt Kriström, research director, CERE (

The application, marked with reference number FS 2.1.6-1043-17, should be sent electronically in PDF format to The application must be submitted no later than August 11, 2017.

We look forward to receiving your application!