International Implications of Variability Post-Doctoral Position

International implications of variability in North Atlantic pelagic fish stock complex

A 2-YEAR POSITION as Post doctoral researcher, on the international implications of variability in the North-Atlantic pelagic fish stock complex and sensible policies do deal with them, is available at the Institute of Economic Studies within the Faculty of Economics at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik Iceland.


To describe and analyze the international game situation concerning the North-Atlantic pelagic stock complex (NAPSC). This stock complex is composed of highly migratory individual species moving between national Exclusive Economic Zones and seasonally entering international waters. Hence, any change in the location, size and migration patterns will have international implications. The successful candidate will study (1) the pay-offs involved and possible threats outside the fishery; (2) model the international game, a dynamic bargaining game with various threats and possibilities of new entrants; (3) how climate will likely change the size, migrations and locations (at each point of time) of the NAPSC, thus the game-theoretic situation; then (4) assess the outcomes and loss in economic benefits under variety of international agreements; (5) propose negotiating framework that increases the likelihood and robustness of an overall beneficial solution, i.e., adaptation to climate change.

Applicants for this position are requested to submit a research proposal that explains how they propose to deal with these issues.

Mobility is encouraged across the different GreenMAR nodes, and this particular case will entail spending part of the time in Oslo and at Stanford University.


The candidate should have a PhD in economics, economic modeling or economic game theory. Knowledge of bioeconomics is a plus. The applicant should have a keen interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment with scientists from different disciplines. In particular, any documented experience in bringing together insights from biology into economics would be a key asset. We also emphasize that we are looking for a candidate with good communication skills across different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, as well as good collaborative and organizational skills. A good command of English is required. The candidate must have a proven record of independent work.

The application must include:

  1. Motivation letter describing how you fit the description of the person we seek and how the project fits you (max. 1 page).
  2. Research proposal describing how you envision to achieve the research goals and the methods you propose to use (max. 2 pages).
  3. CV (summarizing education, positions and academic experience).
  4. Copies of educational certificates (PhD), and transcript of records.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, or names and contact details of references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
  6. A complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to 3 academic work that applicant specially wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English.

In accordance with the University of Iceland´s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

About the position:

The appointment for the position is for three years, and is available from April 1 2014 (negotiable). Salary is according to the wage contract by the minister of finance and appropriate trade union.

How to apply:

For more information please contact Dr. Ragnar Arnason ( at the University of Iceland or at . All applications should be sent to the Division of Human Resources, University of Iceland, Main Building at Sudurgata, 101 Reykjavík or to, before June 10th 2014. All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made.

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