Postdoctoral researcher on Macroeconomics, Finance and the Environment

Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)

The Institute for Ecological Economics is currently inviting applications for a full-time post-doc position. This employee position will be limited to a period of one year (additional funding opportunities might arise in the near future so to extend the contract to a longer period), starting on October 1st, 2017 (commencement date subject to change, we are flexible and will consider different starting dates should the successful candidate require it). Gross monthly salary, paid 14 times per year: Euro 3,626.60.

The Institute for Ecological Economics – with its 35 staff members – is a leading Institution for ecological economic research, teaching, learning, knowledge exchange, and community engagement. Research is grouped into five research areas: Climate Economics and Finance, Macroeconomics & Environment, Sustainable Work, Sustainable Resource Use, and Education for Sustainable Development. The successful candidate will contribute to the research conducted by the Climate Economics and Finance research group, coordinated by Dr. Emanuele Campiglio


The post holder will contribute to an ongoing international programme called ‘Mistra Financial Systems’ (MFS), funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra).  The aim of MFS – now in its second of four years – is to explore the links between the financial system and environmental sustainability. The Institute of Ecological Economics is leading one of the five MFS work packages, ‘Green Macro’. The objective of the Green Macro project is to develop economic modelling and analysis studying the dynamics links between macroeconomic, financial and environmental systems, with particular reference to the transition to a low-carbon economic system. The project will develop an empirical macroeconomic model calibrated to the Swedish economy, as well as a series of smaller models investigating specific research questions connected to stranded assets (physical and financial), climate mitigation policies (fiscal, macroprudential, monetary) and secular stagnation.

The post holder will also be invited to contribute to the writing of grant proposals that, when successful, might provide funding to extend the post-doc position to a period longer than one year. This position does not involve any teaching.

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Applicants should have:

  • A doctoral degree or PhD in Economics, Finance, Environmental/Ecological Economics, Physics, Statistics, or related subjects (or be close to completion).
  • A strong research focus, the capability of publishing in top-tier journals in economics and other social sciences.
  • Strong analytical and modelling skills, knowledge of quantitative methods.
  • An understanding of the linkages connecting macroeconomic dynamics, finance and environmental sustainability, and an interest it in exploring them further through the development of high-quality academic and policy research.
  • A good knowledge of climate finance issues (e.g. stranded assets), and possibly previous published research on the topic.
  • An interest in policy analysis, design and implementation, especially in the environmental and finance field.
  • Capability of disseminating the research findings to a broader audience (policy makers, media).
  • Excellent written and communication skills in English (knowledge of German welcome but not required).
  • The ability to work independently, as well as part of a team effort; and to respect tight deadlines.
  • International and cross-cultural experience and understanding.

Given the nature of the project, knowledge and experience in the following fields will be considered as strong assets:

  • Stock-flow consistent (SFC) modelling techniques.
  • Econometric methods, with particular reference to time series analysis.
  • Knowledge of R and linked programmes (Shiny, Markdown); system dynamics software (e.g Vensim); and/or GAMS.
  • Input-output modelling (monetary and/or physical).
  • Environmental accounting.
  • Swedish economic/financial/environmental context.

Application materials can be submitted online until May 31st, 2017. Please apply here.

Reference Number: 3355

Please submit: (i) a CV with the contact details of two referees; (ii) a letter of motivation discussing how you fit the role and its specifications; (iii) a sample of your work.

We expect to contact the shortlisted candidates immediately after the submission deadline and hold the interviews in the week beginning on the 5th of June.

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