Postdoc of forest, biodiversity and environmental economics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 31 Mar 2022

The Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for an initially two-year postdoc position in the areas of forest, biodiversity and environmental economics. Within the Department of Food and Resource Economics, the postdoc position will be placed in the Section for Environment and Natural Resources.

The position is funded through an EU-project (see https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101036849 ) dealing with systemic solutions for upscaling of urgent ecosystem restoration for forest-related biodiversity and ecosystem services, SUPERB, and the candidate will work on the issue of what drives sustainable finance, in particular from private actors, for funding nature restoration and biodiversity protection activities. Te work will be in close collaboration with other project members at especially University of Copenhagen and University of Kent, but also with scientists across Europe. The candidate will work with identification and mapping of present biodiversity and nature restoration financing activities across Europe, and use quantitative and qualitative methods to identify motivations, obstacles, and risk for both landowners and financing agents engaging in biodiversity and nature restoration projects. The candidate will also contribute to the development of an online ‘Marketplace’ with the aim to facilitate upscaling of private and public sustainable financing of restoration actions across Europe.

In addition to this specific project, the postdoc’s duties will include teaching as well as participation in other related projects. The position may also include performance of other duties (e.g. public sector service and supervision of BSc and MSc students).

The successful candidate should have:

  • A PhD in a relevant economic subfield e.g., agricultural, forest, or environmental economics
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and an open mindset towards this
  • Good communication skills, both for scientific communication and broader
  • Preferably, experience of relevance to the topic, e.g., on financing instruments, regulation, off-setting of biodiversity protection or similar public goods.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/ . Inquiries about the position can be made to associate Professor Thomas Lundhede (email: thlu@ifro.ku.dk ) or head of department Bo Jellesmark Thorsen (bjt@ifro.ku.dk ).

The position is open from August 1st, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff 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 440,935 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 75,399). 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 March 31st,2022 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 athttps://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews will be held during spring or early summer 2022.


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