Doctoral research fellow within the field of econometrics of climate change

Страна: Норвегия;

Город: Bodø

Добавлена: 20.04.2018

Работодатель: The Business School at Nord University

Тип: PhD position; Vacancy for students or masters;

Для кого: For researchers;

Дедлайн подачи: 21.05.2018


The Business School at Nord University Bodø (Norway) has a doctoral research fellowship (PhD
position) available within the field of econometrics of climate change. The fellowship period is 3 years, and will be devoted exclusively to research education within the framework of the research project “Climate Change Modeling and Prediction of Economic Impact”, which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council under grant nr. 281071. This is an interdisciplinary project, with collaborators at University of Oslo (Norway) and Yale University (USA).

The PhD fellow will be expected to participate in annual project team meetings, and will be able to spend an extended period (~6 months) at Yale University. He/she is also expected to present his/her results at major
international conferences in the field of econometrics, climate science and/or economic impacts of climate change. The successful candidate will be part of the broad national and international research environment at the Business School. Note that no one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at Nord University. Starting date no later than 01.10.2018.

The position will be located at Nord University Business School in Bodø. The PhD candidate will work with econometric methods with a focus on Work Package 1 (WP1, “Climate Econometrics”) of the project. The candidate will seek to address some of the major shortcomings of predictions of future climate change and its economic impacts. The work will be devoted to deriving, and applying, novel econometric methods for climate change on large datasets of a range of different variables, for example atmospheric greenhouse gas levels, solar radiation, and various economic variables. The project and the successful candidate will thus take a novel and holistic approach to the econometric modeling of climate change. The PhD candidate will be working in an international community of active collaboration between econometricians, statisticians, climate scientists and economists which is already well established.

As a PhD candidate, you will be part of a programme that includes doctoral training, article writing and participation in scientific conferences and seminars. Meanwhile, you will work on your doctoral dissertation, which is to be written in English. You will be supervised by experienced researchers.

Qualifications and requirements

We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

  • A university degree of minimum five years of which at least two years (120 ECTS credits) is a master programme that includes a master thesis of 30 ECTS credits. A minimum of 90 ECTS credits must be within economics (with a focus on econometrics), statistics or a related field
  • Grade average of B (or equivalent score) or better and the same for the master thesis, this within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best)
  • Experience in working with econometric or statistical methods on large datasets
  • Good programming skills
  • Motivation and willingness to work interdisciplinary is essential
  • Excellent English written and oral language skills. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are: TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test) IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A.
  • Some background in climate change or a related field is advantageous, but not required.
  • Sound knowledge of Norwegian, or other Scandinavian language, will be an advantage
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the faculty to discuss relevant project ideas before submitting the application. Applicants that expect to complete their Master degree studies by summer 2018 can apply.

It is a prerequisite that the PhD scholar applies for and is granted admission to the PhD program at Nord University Business School as soon as possible, and no later than three months, after employment.

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