Researcher / analyst
The European Commission's Directorate for Sustainable Resources (Joint Research Center) is looking for an Agro-economic Modeller in the field of agricultural economics to join its Unit "Economics of Agriculture" based in Seville, Spain.
As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC is located in five Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
The Unit "Economics of Agriculture" focuses on the economic analysis of agricultural, environmental, climate change, food and trade policies in the EU and globally, the further development of the European green economy, as well as food security and related policies in third countries. The policy support provided by the Unit is based on quantitative economic research, in particular using agro-economic modelling tools.
The Unit is looking for an experienced researcher to:
- contribute to the maintenance and further development of partial equilibrium models, including writing programming code and data analysis;
- analyse agro-economic impacts of agricultural, environmental, climate change and trade policies by applying agro-economic models and, if relevant, other quantitative methods;
- contribute to drafting scientific publications, policy reports and summaries for policy makers;
- conceptualise and contribute to research projects and to cooperate with policy services and the international scientific network of the JRC.
Ph.D. in agronomy, economics, mathematics, physics, statistics or related field or a minimum of 5 years of proved research experience in agricultural economics or similar subjects after university studies of at least 3 years.
The ideal candidate should have
- solid experience in quantitative methods/tools (essential), preferably for agro-economic assessments;
- solid knowledge of a programming language (proficiency in GAMS is an advantage);
- strong analytical skills and advanced experience in economic, agricultural, or related policy analysis,
- good understanding of the trade-offs between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of agriculture and food systems;
- the ability to manage and monitor research projects, good communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment;
- a very good level of written and spoken English (C1).
Indicative Duration: 36-month initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years.
Location: Seville, Spain.
Rules & Eligibility
The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the permanent open call for researchers FG IV:
Auxiliary contract staff: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/working-with-us/jobs/temporary-positions/contract-staff-members
Note that due to the high number of applications usually received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Full details on the open call is available at:
Deadline 14/12/2021, 23h59 (Brussels time)