PhD fellowships at the Department of Food and Resource Economics

Updated: about 23 hours ago
Deadline: 02 Feb 2020

Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) is inviting applications for two PhD scholarships to start up on March 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

IFRO carries out pure basic and applied social science research and have a number of educational and public sector advisory service responsibilities within our thematic fields. In particular, IFRO performs research within the disciplines of economics, sociology and ethics, but we are characterized by a high involvement in interdisciplinary research at both international and national levels.

The PhD scholarships will be part of a research project on evaluating the impacts of dietary transition, climate mitigation, and uncertain globalization scenarios on future food demand, supply, and trade patterns, with particular attention to animal food products. More specifically, the two PhD fellows are expected to undertake economic research to investigate: 

  • How demand-side drivers such as income growth, demographic changes,  and increasing awareness of health concerns from under/over consumptions of animal food products influence global and national food demand and dietary patterns
  • How climate change mitigation measures highlighted in plausible de-carbonization pathways would re-shape the future trajectories of animal food (e.g. meat and dairy) production and its global distributions, and what sustainability characteristics would be important for industries and firms to maintain their competitiveness and viabilities in a likely challenging environment.

Questions can be directed to jobvacancy@ifro.ku.dk or to Professor Wusheng Yu wusheng@ifro.ku.dk or +45 3533 6812. 

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific papers and the other parts of your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Work for the department according to the terms of appointment

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree related to the thematic areas mentioned above, preferably in economics or agricultural economics, with strong results in particularly in microeconomics, applied econometrics, and international economics, and good English skills. Ability to apply quantitative/statistics tools to analyze large datasets is considered a plus. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), relevant work experience and the potentials of the applicant’s proposed approach to the research challenge described above.

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 at a minimum DKK 328.355 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,360). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. 
 

Please include

  • Cover Letter, including a motivation (maximum 1 page) and a non-binding proposal of how to approach one or both of the research challenges described above (maximum 2 pages)
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

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

The deadline for applications is February 2, 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.   

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at www.science.ku.dk/phd .

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

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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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