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Current offers

4 August 2020

Post-Doc proposal “Quantitative assessment of the energy transition” at Paris School of Economics

  • Workplace : Paris
  • Contract period : 1 year (with possible extension for a second year)
  • Expected date of employment : September/October 2020
  • Desired level of education : PhD

In the framework of the EU funded project TIPPING+ (Enabling Positive Tipping Points towards clean-energy transitions in Coal and Carbon Intensive Regions), the Paris School of Economics is recruiting a post-doctoral research fellow for 1 year (with possible extension for a second year).

The research fellow will be in charge of performing (i) an econometric assessment of the impact of climate policy in European Carbon Intensive Regions and (ii) a forward-looking analysis of the potential structural changes induced by these policies. The latter analysis will rely on the development of dynamic models of the European production network.

The candidate must have a very strong quantitative background with a PhD in applied mathematics, economics, or related field (operation research, physics, statistics). Furthermore, he/she must have a good understanding of current trends in the European climate policy landscape. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a cv (including a publication list and the contact details of three referees) to antoine.mandel univ-paris1.fr

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


3 August 2020

DLGS (Dresdedn Leibniz Graduate School) Fellowship

To enter the DLGS selection process, you must comply with the following criteria:

  1. First Master’s degree obtained within the last 3 years before application (date of certificate).
  2. Total grade obtained for the Master’s degree “good” or better (corresponding to German level “gut”).
  3. Research proposal within scope that clearly
    1. addresses the topic of the current DLGS call
    2. aligns with IOER research areas (one or several)
    3. identifies suitable supervisors (professors) at the TU Dresden / IOER
  4. Complete application including the online form and all supporting documents requested.
Application checklist
A complete DLGS application includes all of the following components:

  1. Letter of motivation
  2. Certificates and transcripts of academic qualification (MA, BA, higher education entrance exam)
  3. English proficiency level test certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC)
  4. Online application form filled out and submitted (incl. all the above documentation)
Evaluation criteria
All applications that have passed the eligibility check (see above) are evaluated against two types of criteria:

  1. Selection criteria
    1. Relevance
    2. Scientific soundness
    3. Innovativeness
    4. Feasibility
  1. Balancing criteria
    1. Gender
    2. Scientific disciplines
    3. Geography

Further details are provided in the application checklist for download.

Application deadline: 15 September 2020


20 July 2020

University Assistant (post doc) at University of Vienna

The Department of Geography and Regional Research of Unversity of Vienna is looking for a university assistant. The position is assigned to the workgroup of Economic Geography and will be placed in the research area “Geography of Innovation” (with a special focus on: disruptive innovation; regional structural change, industrial dynamics and diversification; innovation and regional policies).

– Possibility for scientific qualification (cumulative (paper-based) habilitation; venia docendi)
– International contacts and networks
– An attractive and dynamically developing research location in a city with a high quality of life and well-developed instruments for research funding

– Participation in administration of the department/workgroup

– PhD / Doctoral degree in the field of economic geography or a related discipline
– Professional competence in economic geography with a special focus on the geography of innovation
– Outstanding dissertation
– Research experience proven by refereed publications
– Experience in research management and guiding project assistants
– Experience in external fundraising
– Excellent command of written and spoken English
– Proven ability to work in teams
– Experience in teaching on university level
– Knowledge of university structures and processes
– Computer literacy

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) mentioning reference number 11064. For further information please contact Trippl, Michaela +43-1-4277-48720.

Application deadline: 03 August 2020


16 July 2020

Associate/Assistant Professor Urban Economics

Wageningen University is looking for Associate/Assistant professor position in Urban Economics. Wageningen University& Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with its  internal recruitment policy offers the ‘Development program Tenure Track’. This program supports you in further development of your competences. They also offer the possibility to gain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy. The job is in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere for students and staff from over 100 countries around the world.

This position will be placed in the chair group Urban Economics. They seek to fill a tenure-track position at the Associate or Assistant professor level in urban economics. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Urban or Regional Economics or Economic Geography and several years of working experience in research and supervision (of students or colleagues).


  • a PhD in urban/regional/spatial economics, or economic geography;
  • affinity with and experience in health economics and/or behavioural economics is appreciated;
  • a good track-record in terms of publications;
  • experience in both theoretical and empirical research;
  • proven experience in writing research proposals;
  • experience in teaching and supervision of (PhD) students.

For more information about this function you can contact Prof. E. van Leeuwen via eveline.vanleeuwen@wur.nl or +31 (0) 317 483897.

For more information about the procedure you can contact Sandra Willemsen, Recruiter SSG or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via recruitment.ssg@wur.nl.

The preferred start date is the 1st of October, 2020.

Application deadline: 24 August 2020


9 July 2020

Lecturer in Data and Human Geography at University of Liverpool

Department of Geography and Planning, School of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering is looking for a lecturer in data and human geography grade 8 whose research complements current activity within the Geographic Data Science research group (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/geographic-data-science/) and links to other research groups across the School, and particularly Planning (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/geography-and-planning/planning-programmes/). This position is interested especially with applicants with international research expertise in one or more of the following priority areas: cities, urban remote sensing, human mobility, socio-spatial inequality, transport, and housing within a framework of geographic data science and with a background in machine learning / AI within the context of human geography.

Job Ref: 020112

For full details and to apply online, please visit:  https://recruit.liverpool.ac.uk

Application deadline: 30 July 2020


9 July 2020

Economist/Policy Analyst at OECD

The GOV/GIP division of OECD is looking for an economist/policy analyst to contribute to the GOV work on measuring governance, the determinants of public trust and the results of public governance reforms on economy and society. The selected candidate will work under the supervision of the Head of the GIP Division.

Candidate Profile
Academic Background
Advanced university degree in economics, statistics, public administration, applied sciences, or any other related fields with training in applied research methods and statistics.

Professional Background

  • At least three, preferably five to seven years’ experience in applied economic or policy research, at least partially in international context.
  • A strong track record in carrying out economic and statistical analysis in a field relevant to performance of public sector and measurement of impact of governance. Experience with the analytical and policy uses of governance statistics.
  • Proven ability to draft quality documents.
  • Extensive experience in the handling of data sources, econometric techniques and the use of statistical software (Stata, E-views, R or others).
  • Experience with experimental, innovative statistical methods would be a plus.

Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.

Core Competencies
For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Original thinker and risk-taker, ability to communicate, orally and in writing, technical subjects to high-level officials; political sensitivity, drafting skills.

Contract Duration
Two year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers
Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,130 EUR or 7,563 EUR, plus allowances ased on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

Application deadline: 15 July 2020


6 July 2020

Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for an associate professor in urban and regional development starting 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position aims at strengthening research in urbanisation and regional development with a focus on spatial socio-economic change and restructuring of labour and industry. Moreover, the successful candidate will sustain and further develop the research group’s quantitative methodologies analysing urbanisation and regional development in a Global North context. The research should be strongly embedded in theory informed empirical analyses and have documented expertise in statistical modelling using and analysing register data, survey data or similar databases. Moreover, to be a successful applicant the candidate should be experienced in two or more of the following fields:

  • Urbanization and regional development processes
  • Urban and regional socio-economic change and inequalities
  • Spatial restructuring of labour and industry

Further information on the Department can be found at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier, cbe@ign.ku.dk.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 481.751 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 82.379).

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 11 December 2020. Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0249/20-2E.

Application deadline: 9 August 2020. 23:59 GMT+2


3 July 2020If you are interested in posting a Job Announcement in regional science and related fields, please send your request to office@ersa.org

PhD Program in Methods and Models for Economic Decisions, Department of Economics – University of Insubria, Italy

University of Insubria (Varese – Italy) is glad to announce that the official call for applications to PhD Program in Methods and Models for Economic Decisions, Department of Economics for the academic year 2020/2021.

The program strongly encourages students to spend part of their PhD abroad and supports them in gaining international experience. The central goal of the program is to create independent researchers, who can then pursue an academic career in leading universities or obtain research positions in private firms or international organizations.

The courses are taught in English, and the program lasts three years. At the end of the third year students submit their PhD dissertation, which is usually made of three research papers.

Admission Requirements:
Master Degree (second or single cycle, national or foreign title). Assessment criteria for admission:

– graduation final mark (max 15 points);
– relevance of the final dissertation for the PhD topics (max 15 points; the applicant must submit an abstract of the thesis or its integral version);
– publications and conference presentations on topics relevant for the PhD program (max 5 points);
– training activities and professional experience relevant for the PhD (max 5 points);
– any other assessable qualification, including language certifications, and up to 3 recommendation letters (max 20 points).

For further info, please contact  ivan.moscati@uninsubria.it
Website: https://www.eco.uninsubria.it/PhDMMED

Application deadline: 07 August, 2020


2 July 2020

Senior Lecturer position at Lund University

The Lund university is looking for Senior Lecture in Human Geography with a specialization in quantitative geography. The post comprises teaching and research in Human Geography, with a focus on quantitative geography. The position contains 20 per cent of government-funded research time, with the possibility of expanding the share of research through external funding. The remainder of the position is devoted to teaching and administration.

The work duties of the position cover both research and teaching, while some administrative duties may also be included.

To apply please follow the instructions for applications for academic posts and promotion at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

More information on the appointment procedure and regulations governing appointment can be found here.

Application deadline: 16 August, 2020


1 July 2020

2 Junior Lecturer Positions – The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, The Netherlands

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Faculty of Science, is looking for two  Junior lectorers to assist in its interdisciplinary education programmes, including the Master programmes Industrial Ecology (IE) and Governance of Sustainability (GoS), and the Minor Sustainable Development.

Are you an interdisciplinary thinker with a MSc or PhD degree in Industrial Ecology, Sustainability, Environmental Sciences or a related field? Do you enjoy connecting the dots between the insights from different fields, but are also aware of the challenges that come with combining disciplines? Are you interested in education and do you want to improve your didactic skills? And do you enjoy coaching students? If so, our junior lecturer positions might be for you!

Application deadline: 20 July, 2020


Enquiries can be sent to Ellen Cieraad, email e.cieraad at cml.leidenuniv.nl.

25 June 2020

PhD Researcher Urban Economics

The Urban Economics Group is, in cooperation with the Development Economics Group, looking for a PhD researcher. Wageningen University & Research, together with Utrecht University (The Netherlands), three Chinese universities and societal partners, will carry out a research programme on ‘Urban Housing of Migrants in the Netherlands and China’. The aim of the project is to improve the social integration of migrants in China and the Netherlands by obtaining a better understanding of the impacts of social housing programmes and market forces on the urban housing of different migrant groups, and by assessing the impact of innovative social housing programs on the social integration of migrants.

You will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your  needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.325,- per month rising to € 2.972,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreement (scale P). This is based on a full working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

Funding for this project is provided by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The duration of the appointment is four years from 2020-2024, you will be based in Wageningen.

For more information about this function you can contact Prof.dr. Nico Heerink via nico.heerink@wur.nl or +31 (0) 317 485117.

For more information about the procedure you can contact Sandra Willemsen, Recruiter SSG or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via recruitment.ssg@wur.nl.

Application deadline: 08 July, 2020


22 June 2020

Dean Faculty of Spatial Sciences, The Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (NL)

The University of Groningen (UG), founded in 1614, is a research university with a global outlook. Quality of research and education is a top priority. The university is in the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FSS) is a medium-sized faculty of the University of Groningen, with approximately 1,000 students, around 100 staff members and 100 PhD researchers

Job description
The Dean is responsible for leading the Faculty Board. The Faculty Board consists of the Dean, Vice-Dean and Managing Director, and is traditionally characterized by collegial governance. The Dean is the linking pin between the FSS Board and the University Board. She or he is responsible for strategy and execution of education, research, HR, external partnerships and the overall management of FSS. Within the Faculty, the Dean maintains effective relationships with department chairs, the Research Director, and the Director of Education. Within the Faculty Board, the Dean is in charge of the portfolio Education.

Ideally, she/he is an inspiring and collaborative leader, currently professor in Human Geography, Planning or Demography, or related subject areas, and has proficiency in English and Dutch.

Application deadline: 13 August, 2020 (CET)


19 June 2020

Post-doctoral Researcher position at the University of Milan

The Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Milan is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher. The position is fully funded for two years and can be renewed for a further two years.

The researcher will work directly with Professor Anne-Marie Jeannet on her ERC funded project DESPO “Deindustrializing Societies and the Political Consequences.” The aim of this project is to reveal how a person’s individual, family, and local community experiences of manufacturing decline transform the way they participate in politics and their political attitudes over the course of their life. DESPO will focus on the long-term consequences by five decades of manufacturing decline and its political aftermath (1965-2015).

The ideal applicant will be a skilled quantitative researcher that has demonstrated experience working with administrative data, managing large datasets, and data linking. He/she should also have a strong competence in geographic software (GIS), statistical software (STATA or R), and preparing documents in LaTeX. A preference will be giving to candidates who have demonstrated interest in working class politics, electoral realignment, or economic restructuring. The position is in English and knowledge of Italian is NOT required.

The position is open to candidates with a PhD with various social science backgrounds such as: sociology, political science, geography, economics, history, or similar disciplines.

Please contact Anne-Marie Jeannet (anne-marie.jeannet@unimi.it) for any informal inquiries regarding the application process or the position.

Application deadline: 8 July, 2020.


10 June 2020

Post-doctoral position in economics “Performance of water supply services and multiobjective asset management: contribution of the cost-benefit analysis” at INRAE, UR ETBX in Cestas, France 

Under the project “Gestion patrimoniale des réseaux d’eau potable pour préserver la qualité de l’eau et réduire les pertes – Renouvellement Orienté des Canalisations (ROC)” funded by the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, the Agence de l’eau Loire-Bretagne and the Agence de l’eau AdourGaronne, INRAE offers a 15-month postdoctoral position in economics from September 1, 2020.

The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) is a public institution with more than 11,000 agents across the French territory. Inrae is the first European agricultural research institute and produces scientific knowledge and works for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and environment. It focuses on issues related to agriculture, food and environment, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development and agroecology.

Application deadline: 28 June 2020


28 May 2020

PhD Studenships at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) 

University of Nottingham and Newcastle University, supported by Ordnance Survey, invites high-quality applications from UK and EU nationals for three fully funded 4-year (1+3) PhDs in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems for September 2020 entry.

The CDT will equip students with advanced knowledge and skills in geospatial data science and its application within interdisciplinary PhD research and the geospatial industries, leading to MRes (year 1) and PhD (year 4) qualifications.

Eligibility Criteria
The successful candidate will have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in Engineering, Geographical Sciences, Computing or Mathematics or related disciplines. is the competition is open to to UK and/or EU applicants.

For general CDT and application enquiries please email: geospatial.cdt@ncl.ac.uk

For general CDT and application enquiries email: geospatial.cdt@ncl.ac.uk. Specific enquiries to or Professor Stuart Marsh (Nottingham: Stuart.Marsh@nottingham.ac.uk) or Professor Jon Mills (Newcastle: jon.mills@newcastle.ac.uk) .

Application deadline: 30 June 2020 and On-line interviews will be held during July 2020.


15 May 2020

Assistant Professor position at GSSI

The Social Science Area at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) invites expressions of interest for faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level (Tenure Track) from highly qualified scholars worldwide in the field of Regional Science or Economic Geography.

The Social Science Area at the GSSI is a vibrant, international and multidisciplinary environment. The research focuses on Regional Science and Economic Geography covering a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) the resilience of inner areas, migration, innovation, disasters, culture and tourism. GSSI has a large national and international network both with other Universities and International Organizations. Their teaching committee includes some of the biggest names in the field. As GSSI is currently planning to expand our group, the present call for expressions of interest aims at identifying bright and motivated scholars who might want to join the GSSI faculty.

Candidates are required to have a doctoral degree in applied economics, economic geography or related fields prior to the appointment, with a proven record of achievements, a clear potential to promote and lead research activities, a specific interest in teaching at postgraduate level and supervising doctoral students.

A curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a brief research statement should be sent by email rseg@gssi.it together with a short motivation letter in which the candidate discusses the reasons for his/her interest in joining the GSSI team. The candidates should also arrange for two recommendation letters to be sent directly to the GSSI rseg@gssi.it.

Application deadline: 30 September, 2020.


28 October 2019

Internship Programme at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development, Italy

The OECD Trento Centre for Local Development is part of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) of the OECD. The mission of the Trento Centre is to build capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries.

Recently, the OECD Trento centre has revamped its internship programme making it more flexible and comprehensive. Now, the applications are accepted any time for four 3-month internship periods during the year. OECD can be flexible in terms of the start and the end dates. The original internship duration can be extended several times up to 12 months of total duration.

OECD offers two internship streams:

  1. The Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL): a research-oriented programme with a strong empirical focus on regional development and productivity; currently, we work on several projects that leverage the micro-level and unconventional data.
  2. Capacity building: a stream of work closer aligned with subnational (regional and local) policy-making, evidence-based policy design and peer knowledge exchange.

Internships at OECD are open for students who:

  • Are enrolled in a full-time degree programme for the duration of the internship in a field or discipline related to the work of the OECD Trento Centre;
  • Are available for a minimum internship duration of three months (a four- to six-month duration is strongly preferred);
  • Have an excellent command of English;
  • Possess solid quantitative and IT skills;
  • Demonstrate excellent drafting and communication skills;
  • Are capable of working in multicultural and international team environment.

The internship is based in Trento, Italy. Interns can come from any country and are responsible for obtaining their VISA, if required.

OECD recruits interns on an on-going basis and applications are accepted throughout the year. You can apply anytime via our online application platform.

Your application will be considered for the round corresponding to the nearest of the four deadlines below:

  • 1 December 2019
  • 1 February 2020
  • 1 June 2020
  • 1 October 2020

Shortly after each deadline, all applications in the system are evaluated. Applicants who are not selected are removed from the system and are not considered during the next rounds.

The internship is expected to start in two months after the application deadline but an alternative timing can be agreed upon in certain circumstances.

More information is available here.

For more information on the OECD Trento Centre’s Internship Programme please consult  frequently asked questions or contact OECD.