Energy and the Post-Carbon Economy Researcher Vacancies

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Researchers

Energy and the Post-Carbon Economy

The department of Environmental Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies (FSS) of Masaryk University (MU) is inviting applications for one full time doctoral and one post-doctoral researcher

Situated in Brno, with its large and vibrant student community, MU is the second largest Czech university and has an internationally respected research program and state-of-the-art infrastructure. FSS is continuously receiving top ratings among social sciences faculties. The Department of Environmental Studies, with its background in environmental sociology and environmental evaluation, takes as its starting point the historic and cultural causes of the environmental crisis and looks for possible solutions in the areas of social, economic, legal and political studies while interacting with the natural sciences. Moreover our department has a track record of international collaboration and close relationships with research centres throughout Europe.

More information about the department can be found here: http://humenv.fss.muni.cz/

Successful candidates will join a large new project (MEDEAS) funded under the European Union H2020 program of which our department is a partner. MEDEAS runs over four years, is represented by a consortium from all over Europe (12 partners) and led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The goal of this ambitious project is to develop a leading-edge policy tool based on WoLiM, TIMES and LEAP models and incorporating Input-Output Analysis (IOA) that allows for accounting of environmental, social and economic impacts of pathways in a transition towards a post-carbon economy. Both future position holders will benefit from the assistance of our highly qualified and helpful admin personnel and the availability of student assistants, as our department is committed to creating sufficient space and time to focus on research outcomes.

General responsibilities

Successful applicants will build upon the prior research of the Principle Investigator at MU (Dr. Christian Kerschner) and colleagues, i.e. the analysis of economic impacts and vulnerabilities in the face of resource limitations such as Peak-Oil, using IOA and other quantitative methods. In close collaboration with other partners (in particular with Dr. Hubacek via IIASA in Austria), these approaches are to be integrated into MEDEAS’ policy tool. Moreover successful candidates will bring in their own skills and interests plus acquire new ones, to creatively push ahead the current frontiers in economic impact and vulnerability research on the path towards a post-carbon society. The results of this research will be in the form of project reports and publications in top scientific journals. Both positions will involve travelling to project meetings across Europe.

Specific responsibilities of the Doctoral Researcher

The doctoral researcher will participate in the doctoral program of the department and will be co-supervised by the Post-Doctoral Researcher and Dr. Kerschner. Her/his PhD project will be embedded in and facilitated by the MEDEAS project, with ample possibilities to explore individual interests and research agendas. Completion of her/his PhD within four years is expected.

Additional tasks may include: specific research and computational and administrative tasks related to the MEDEAS project; assistance with teaching duties if necessary, participation in departmental activities, etc.

Specific responsibilities of the Post-Doctoral Researcher

Delivering and guiding high quality, innovative research outcomes in the form of scientific journal articles and reports both as necessary for MEDEAS and the successful candidates’ own research agenda; assuring the timely delivery of research outcomes; overall day-to-day management and coordination of MU’s tasks and work-packages in MEDEAS; co-supervision of the PhD candidate and minor teaching duties (max. 1.5h/week for 12 weeks/year).

Selection Criteria

Doctoral Researcher: high level undergraduate and master degree in Ecological Economics, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Studies, Degrowth, Energy Economics, Energy Analysis, Societal Metabolism, Applied Economics or related field(s). Excellence in academic writing. Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary quantitative and/or methodological research. Commitment and ability to undertake doctoral studies evidenced through a study plan proposal. Strong communication, presentation and team-working skills. Ability to work independently. Enthusiasm about environmental and energy related issues.

Also desirable: Publications in scientific outlets, experience with project work and IOA or similar methods.

Post-Doctoral Researcher: doctoral degree in the area of Ecological Economics, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Studies, Degrowth, Energy Analysis, Societal Metabolism, Energy Economics or related field(s). Advanced understanding of and great interest in environmental, biophysical and energy related issues. Strong prior experience in quantitative methods and modelling, in particular IOA. Prior experience with third party funded project work. Ability to professionally present research outcomes e.g. at scientific conferences. Analytical capacities as demonstrated by scientific publications.

Also of advantage: Record of ability to attract research grant funding. In order of relevance – experience with CGE modelling, social network analysis, life cycle analysis, MUSIASEM, net energy analysis, material and energy flow accounting, macroeconomic modelling, energy economics, etc.

Both posts, at respective knowledge levels, require an interdisciplinary background including the social sciences and research/studies – theory and methodology. Excellent written and communication skills in English are essential, as this is the project language. International and cross cultural experience and understanding.

Also of advantage: Good writing and communicating skills in Czech. Good knowledge of other languages in particular Spanish, track record of activist engagement in environmental issues and volunteering experiences.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a letter of interest (max. 5 pages), curriculum vitae (including list of publications), contact information for three referees and samples of the candidates work (e.g. his/her best research article) to Mikuláš Černík (mikulas.cernik@gmail.com) and Eva Dopplerová (doppler@fss.muni.cz).  The review of applications will start Monday 11h of January 2016 until both positions are filled. Starting date is as soon as possible after selection. For queries please contact: christian.kerschner@mail.muni.cz;

The letter of interest should include:

  • For the post-doctoral researcher: a short description of her/his own research agenda/projects, planned publications, etc. and how this relates to the ambitions of MEDEAS
  • For the doctoral researcher: a short research proposal (two pages maximum) embedded in and compatible with our department’s tasks within MEDEAS.

Terms of employment

Doctoral Researcher, full time contract for four years, subject to inscription into the doctoral program and completion of the PhD.

Post-Doctoral: Initial contract for one year, to be renewed for one year and then for two years.

For both posts the total period of employment may not exceed four years (the duration of MEDEAS). Nevertheless our department is committed to assist highly qualified and successful staff in building and continuing their career at our department

Salary

MU offers a very competitive salary depending on the qualifications of the candidates and in accordance with EU H2020 standards.

Travel and lodging expenses:

We regret that Masaryk University cannot reimburse applicants for travel expenses incurred as part of the selection and/or hiring process. However we do cover accommodation costs in Brno, in establishments that we collaborate with.

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