Researcher position with a focus on decision-making and experimental methods

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The Department of Economics ( ) provide research and teaching in business studies as well as in economics. The Department emphasises applied science, often in cooperation with the university’s natural science subjects. We work primarily with the food value chain as well as with natural resources, environmental- and sustainability issues in focus. We are organized in four research groups: entrepreneurship and innovation, agri-business decision-making and behavior, agricultural and food economics, as well as on natural resource and environmental economics. Together with Lund University, and by commission from the Swedish Government, we also provide economic expertise in the fields of food, agriculture, fishing and rural development through the AgriFood Economics Center ( ). The Department has around 65 faculty and staff, including around 15 PhD students.

General description of the position

The research within this position will relate to research aiming to understand consumption decisions by individuals as well as decisions by food consumers. The work will be based on behavioral economics and use experimental as well as statistical methods. The incumbent of this position will also provide teaching within courses in economics experimental methods, business analytics and similar.


PhD in Economics. The successful applicant should have a solid background in empirical research methods as well as in quantitative data analysis. In particular, familiarity with experimental and behavioral methods will be considered a merit. Proficiency in statistical methods related to natural language processing, topic analysis and unsupervised machine learning is required. Experience from teaching content related to economics experimental method is required. The position requires very good communication skills in English. A publication record commensurate with the level of the position is expected. The successful applicant should be strongly motivated to work with tasks outlined above. Personal merits will play a significant role in the recruitment process.

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Terms of employment

Temporary part-time position until 2023-12-31.



Start of position:

April 1st or by agreement


We welcome your application by 2023-03-28. Please use the Apply button below.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including: a personal letter (no more than two pages A4) where we ask you in particular to provide your tentative research questions/ideas that you would like to address including a thorough motivation; a curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy (or electronic link) of the PhD dissertation.

Applicants who are not Swedish citizens should provide a copy of the page of their passport that shows photo and personal details.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.

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