Postdoc in Economic valuation of biodiversity non-use values

Updated: about 5 hours ago
Deadline: 31 May 2021

The Department of Food and Resource Economics at University of Copenhagen is looking for a highly motivated researcher to work on an interdisciplinary research project at the intersection between economics and biodiversity. The overall aim for the postdoc is to develop improved approaches for obtaining theoretically valid and policy-relevant monetary estimates of non-use values of biodiversity, ultimately facilitating better incorporation of biodiversity values in future economic analysis. Faced with a global biodiversity crisis, the importance of appropriately accounting for biodiversity values in economic analysis is becoming increasingly important at all levels of policy- and decision-making. However, due to methodological validity concerns non-use values of biodiversity are today commonly omitted from the economic analysis that guide environmental policy- and decision-makers. The postdoc will work on empirical and theoretical research questions to address exactly this concern.

Job description
The postdoc’s duties will include research within economic valuation of biodiversity, particularly focused on measuring and assessing non-use values with the purpose of applying monetary value estimates in policy evaluations as well as green national accounting. In particular, the postdoc will engage in a research project on testing the use of biodiversity indices for obtaining more valid welfare economic estimates of non-use values. The project is a 3-year project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Furthermore, the postdoc’s duties will include teaching as well as participation in other related projects. The position may also include performance of other duties. The position is located in the section for Environment and Natural Resources, where the postdoc will join one of the strongest research groups in Europe working with economic valuation of nature and ecosystem services.

You should ideally either have a PhD in biology or ecology with a profound interest in and insight into the welfare economics of biodiversity, or have a PhD in applied economics or environmental economics with a profound interest in and insight into biodiversity, or a PhD in a similarly relevant topic. You should have experience with one or more of the following:

  • Quantification, measurement or aggregation of biodiversity at varying geo-spatial levels
  • Economic valuation methods based on stated preferences, preferably choice modelling techniques
  • Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis or natural capital accounting  

Furthermore, it will be an advantage if you have:

  • Experience with interdisciplinary research collaboration
  • The ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • A profound interest in bringing your research results into applied policy- and decision-making contexts
  • Good communication and language skills in both English and Danish

Further information on the Department is linked at . Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Søren Bøye Olsen by email:  . 

The postdoc is a full time fixed-term position for 3 years, and it is open from 1 August 2021or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently up to DKK 436.730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.681). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Monday 31st May 2021, 23:59 GMT+2. 

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at .

Interviews will be held in June 2021. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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