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1 Post-doctoral position in Environmental Economics

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is looking for a qualified and motivated post-doctoral researcher to fill a position in the field of economic valuation of ecosystem services. The candidate will join the team working in the area of “Society and sustainability” (SAS), a research program aimed at deepening the knowledge on the topic of societal changes needed to enhance the climate change mitigation and adaptation capacity. The research aims at assessing the economic costs (benefits) related to the depletion (conservation) of ecosystem services using statistical and econometric models with the ultimate goal of producing evidence-based policy guidelines to enhance the effectiveness of resource management policies. In the short term this translates into two specific goals. The first goal is to conduct a meta-analysis of contingent valuation studies to examine the determinants of the willingness to pay for ecosystem services in green urban areas. The second is to conduct a choice experiment to estimate the value of agriculture-related ecosystem services in the urban and peri-urban area of Milan.

FEEM is a leading research institute on sustainable development and offers an invaluable research environment and an interdisciplinary workplace, with diverse skills and international staff. FEEM has strong ties to a worldwide network of research institutions engaged in environmental research and provide excellent opportunities to focus on research, and disseminate results in international conferences and stakeholders’ events.

The selected applicant will be based in Milan (Italy) and will work alongside experienced researchers to collect the data useful for the empirical analysis; develop statistical and econometric models for the objectives of the research he/she is involved in; publish the results in peer-reviewed international journals. The candidate will participate in conferences and workshops and is expected to contribute to dissemination activities by also writing short articles and blog posts.

The job assignment Is expected to start at the beginning of June 2017. The contract is for 12 months and can be subject to renewal. Gross salary is competitive and will be based on qualification and experience.


Applicants should have a strong background in empirical economics and in particular in econometric modeling. Applicants should have proven experience with econometric models suitable for the economic valuation of the ecosystem services (contingent valuation, travel costs methods, hedonic preferences). Ph.D. is a required title, preferably in quantitative economics. Applications are also welcomed from candidates defending their Ph.D. thesis shortly. Applicants with a MSc in Economics and documented research experience might be considered at FEEM’s convenience. Proficiency (C1) in English is mandatory and knowledge of Italian is valued positively.

The perfect candidate:

·         has previous experience in the economic evaluation of ecosystem services, acquired during the Ph.D. and, if any, post-doc experience;

·         has at least basic knowledge of STATA and good knowledge of R including basic programming;

·         is familiar with GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGis and has sufficient knowledge of spatial statistics;

·         can conduct research independently.

How to apply

Applicants can submit their application and detailed curriculum vitae here. Please mention ref: SAS-ECOS2 in the application.

Deadline for applications

FEEM will begin considering candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience. Applications received after July 10th, 2017 are not guaranteed full consideration.



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