Post-doctoral position in economics
“Performance of water supply services and multi-objective asset management: contribution of the cost-benefit analysis”
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. Inra 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.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND ACTIVITIES
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 Adour-Garonne, INRAE offers a 15-month postdoctoral position in economics from September 1, 2020.
Drinking water networks are a high value asset with a long service life; their management must thus adopt a long-term approach and adapting to changes in their environment, mainly connected to global change and new technologies. The key challenge of this “asset management” is the annual renewal of a small portion of pipelines, in order to mitigate the effects of ageing on their performances, and to prevent the deterioration of the quality of service. It thus concerns technical, organisational (service), economic and financial (costs and benefits), environmental (resources) and societal (territorial governance, users) issues, which call for interdisciplinary answers enlisting engineering, mathematics and social sciences.
In this context, the ROC project aims to develop tools and methods allowing potable water distribution system authorities to build asset management strategies oriented towards limiting water loss and safeguarding water quality. The study sites are located in the Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
Today, health risks (in particular linked to the presence of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) in PVC pipes) and the limitation of water loss are usually driving the decision regarding water pipes renewal. However, the methodological reflection remains focused on risks of service interruptions and impacts of malfunctions on the urban environment. And it is mainly based on multi-criteria decision-making. A major challenge for research thus lies in taking into account the other dimensions of the performance of water supply service, namely integrity of the network (resource protection) and water quality (among which the issue of CVM). This is especially true since, in most cases, actions undertaken to satisfy one axis of performance are sub-optimal for the others. It appears that technical sciences are able to generate new knowledge on each axis taken separately. However, their integration, which is an operational necessity, requires a more complete picture on the issue and the resort of economics. To achieve this goal, we propose to use a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), which seems to allow taking into account the multi-objectives character of asset management.
The postdoctoral student will lead the CBA in order to compare three asset management strategies leading to the same amount of work but each focussing on one specific dimension of service performance (water quality; service continuity and protection of the urban environment, that is to say prevention against breakages; limitation of water loss), while considering the water price. More precisely, the postdoctoral student will have to:
- Convey the state of the art and best practices in the economic analysis of the performance of drinking water supply services;
- Contribute to building the research question, in link with the scientific objectives of the project;
- Define the data collection protocol, taking into account the existing literature and recent methodological developments in the area;
- Conduct the CBA and analyse the results;
- Contribute to the dissemination of those results.
TRAINING AND SKILLS REQUIRED
- Ph.D. in economics
- Mastery of the quantitative techniques (statistics and econometrics) and of dedicated software
- Experience in fields surveys
- Familiarity with monetary valuation methods
- Interest in the issues of water management
- Oral and drafting skills in French and English
- Aptitude for team work and interdisciplinarity
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Your pre-selection application should include a CV and an up-to-two-page cover letter describing your interest in the subject and a post-doctoral research project on the basis of the information provided above.
An initial selection from the applications received will be made; a hearing will then be organised.
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Deadline for applications: 28 June 2020
For the first time in South America, the 2020 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling was held on January 8-10, 2020 in Valparaiso, Chile, hosted by Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. The theme of the conference was “Decision support methods for natural systems at risk”. Organizers could no have predicted the timeliness of this theme as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to manifest and spread around the World. The conference focus was on how quantitative applied research from diverse disciplines can assess different levels of risk, support decisions oriented to minimize them, and propose approaches for operationalizing sustainability concepts. Special attention was devoted to fishery, ecology, biodiversity, wildfire, water, pollution mitigation, and natural resource management in general. One of the WCNRM2020 main goals was thus, to foster cooperation among disciplines of mathematics, economics, management, ecology, energy, and computer sciences, among others.
Visit the conference webpage, WCNRM previous editions and the Resource Modeling Association Newsletter (Spring 2020) for further information about this successful conference, which ended 20 days prior to the WHO declaration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30-Jan-2020.
Tenure track positions in applied economics in the University of Cambridge.
Find below two tenure track positions in applied economics in the University of Cambridge.
They are both in applied economics but one of them will be more specifically aiming to recruit someone from the fields of environmental and agricultural economics.
We are pleased to inform you a new opportunity will soon be promoted within the framework “Initiative of Excellence of the University of Bordeaux” (IdEx University of Bordeaux).
It concerns the Visiting Scholars campaign. The aim of this program is to enable high-level, internationally-reputed scholars to visit the University of Bordeaux or one of the partnering institutions of IdEx University of Bordeaux and develop an academic collaborative project in research, education, or at institutional level.
We thank you for relaying this information to any person who might be interested in these opportunities.
Call for applications are available on the website: https://idex.u-bordeaux.fr/n/Talent-culture/Visiting-scholars/r3022.html
Fisheries Economic Project Manager position with JIMAR PIFSC
JIMAR PIFSC FISHERIES ECONOMIC PROJECT MANAGER – ID# 19663. Joint Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Research. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Joint Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), located at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.
MONTHLY SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications.
DUTIES: Serves as project manager for economic research projects working with the Ocean Synthesis and Human Dimensions (OSHD) Program at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in support of fisheries management in the Pacific Islands areas. Conducts fisheries economic analysis and develops economic modeling on commercial fisheries and seafood markets in the Pacific Islands Region (PIR), including economic assessments of management alternatives. Works with fisheries confidential data and collects secondary data. Works on select economic research projects and reports, including developing research designs, conducting interviews, designing database, entering data, analyzing data, visualizing data, producing outreach materials, supporting annual economic report compilation, making presentations to professional and lay groups, and writing reports and manuscripts for publication. Works with PIFSC and JIMAR economists to conduct field economic research on commercial and recreational fishing vessels and seafood markets in the Pacific Islands Region. Tracks projects, ensures deadlines are met, writes proposals for funding, and tracks manuscripts through the review process. Some travel may be required to conduct interviews on other Hawaiian Islands or US-affiliated island territories in the Western Pacific including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Economics or Agricultural/Resource Economics. EXPERIENCE: Three to five (3-5) years of experience in economic analysis and modeling, conducting economic surveys, summarizing and analyzing data, and presenting results for technical and lay audiences. Experience in database design and management. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Knowledge of economic research methods and statistical analysis techniques. Familiar with statistical computing and graphics using R and other software packages. Must be able to meet and maintain the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements to access work location. Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien. Evidence of strong verbal communication and writing skills. Statistical analysis and data visualization using R, SPSS, or similar program. Ability to manage and coordinate research projects. Ability to work with fisheries confidential data and collect secondary data. Ability and skill in conducting interviews based on a general set of interview topics and guidelines. Ability to travel to interview locations. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to meet US Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements for working in a federal facility, which includes being fingerprinted and having a federal background check performed prior to date of hire and maintained throughout duration of employment. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge or experience working with fisheries and fish markets in Hawai‘i or other Pacific Islands. Experience with geospatial analysis. Possess a valid driver’s license.
INQUIRIES: Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to rcuh_employment. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.
CLOSING DATE: February 04, 2020.
RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.
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Resources for the Future
Openings for Post-Doctoral Researchers in Environmental and Resource Economics
Date Posted: 10/08/2019
Location: District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
Resources for the Future (RFF) currently has openings for postdoctoral researchers. The post-doctoral program is designed to provide unique opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to contribute to projects underway, pursue new lines of inquiry, and participate with RFF fellows and senior fellows in engaging with policymakers. RFF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution focused on independent economic and quantitative policy analysis (
www.rff.org). RFF is committed to scholarly excellence and policy applications and offers an outstanding environment for academic publication and high-level communication of research to policy audiences.
RFF is interested in candidates working on various issues in environmental and natural resource economics. For one position we are seeking a candidate with strong interests in ecosystem and natural resource management, including topics such as (but not limited to) species conservation, invasive species management, bioeconomic modeling, and land management decision-making.
All candidates should have (i) a PhD completed prior to beginning the postdoc, (ii) excellent written communication skills, (iii) enthusiasm for policy-relevant research, and (iv) the ability and desire to collaborate with a team of RFF Research Fellows, Research Associates and Research Assistants. The position also provides support for independent research, including publishing papers from a completed dissertation.
Annual salary is $80,000 plus benefits. The position starts with a one-year appointment with the strong expectation of renewal for a second year upon satisfactory performance. Only applicants who are willing to come to RFF without a deferred appointment will be considered. The start date is negotiable but can be no later than the Fall of 2020. Applications will be continuously reviewed until the positions are filled. However, to be eligible for an interview in San Diego, please submit your application by December 2, 2019.
Application materials must be submitted in PDF format and include a cover letter, CV, transcript, one or more sample academic publications or a job market paper and three letters of reference. All applicants must apply online at
All additional materials (e.g., papers, reference letters, optional research products, etc.) must be uploaded using the online Resume, Cover Letter, and Job Market Paper options. Please include your first and last name in each file name. Should you experience any difficulty in applying online, please email
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RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
#WCNRM2019 in Montreal!! Thanks to organizers and HEC @HEC_Montreal We wait you in Valparaiso-Chile for the next conference in January 2020 (first time in South America) #WCNRM2020 @ResModelAsso @usantamaria @CMMUChile More information in http://www.am2v.cl/wcnrm2020/
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