Research Fellow - Agricultural Economics and Modelling
Researcher / analyst
2021-SVQ-D4-FGIV-018948 - SEVILLE
The European Commission's Directorate for Sustainable Resources (Joint Research Center) is looking for Research Fellow in the field of Agricultural Economics and Modelling 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 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu.
The Unit "Economics of Agriculture" focuses on the analysis of agricultural and trade policies in the EU, as well as food security and related policies in developing countries. The Unit provides policy support based on quantitative economic research, in particular using econometric and economic modelling tools.
The Unit "Economics of Agriculture" is looking to recruit a full-time research fellow Agricultural Economist and Modeller, for an initial period of 3-years, to contribute to development of quantitative economic tools for the analysis of agricultural policies – particularly in the EU framework.
What the job entails
We are looking for an experienced researcher with strong background in economic modelling to work on research projects focusing on the simulation and analysis of the impacts of Common Agricultural Policy and related policies, notably the Green Deal, mostly at farm level.
His/her main tasks will include:
• analyse agricultural policy impacts by means of quantitative tools;
• develop modelling tools, particularly using mathematical programming techniques, to analyse impact of agricultural policies;
• develop, maintain and improve programming code;
• initiate, manage and monitor related research projects; this will include the preparation of technical specifications and validating and evaluating research results and publications;
• contribute to drafting scientific publications and policy reports; and
• contribute to the cooperation with policy services and development of the international network of scientific cooperation of JRC.
What we offer
The European Commission Joint Research Centre provides high-quality working conditions and environment, and will ensure the jobholder a competitive remuneration and working arrangement.
Working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, she/he will contribute to the scientific mission of the JRC Unit by providing scientific evidence to various clients in a wide selection of topics such as sustainable agriculture and food system, rural development policies and agricultural transformation. This is a unique opportunity to interact with policy makers and lead stakeholders (international organizations) active in the field.
What we are looking for
A doctoral degree or a Ph.D. in Economics (or related field) or a minimum of 5 years of proved research experience after university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma.
• Strong academic background in economics, economic modelling and/or agricultural economics at microeconomic level;
• Advanced knowledge and experience in quantitative tools for economics analysis;
• Experience in qualitative tools for economic assessments in the area of agricultural policies will be an advantage;
• Knowledge of a programming language such as GAMS is essential;
• Knowledge of statistical software such as R will be considered an advantage;
• Good knowledge of the European agricultural sector and related policies, notably the CAP;
• Ability to manage and monitor research projects, capacity to manage requests with short deadlines, good communication skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment;
• A list of refereed journal publications showing a strong record with quantitative research orientation; and
• A very good level of written and spoken English is essential.
Indicative duration and salary
36-months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years. Salary will be calculated according to the Staff regulation conditions for Contract Agent Function Group IV. The approximate basic gross monthly salary varies from EUR 3,200 to EUR 6,500 (excluding allowances such as 16% in case of expatriation), depending on the grade.
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, rules and benefits: 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.
APPLICATION and full details on the open call are available at:
Deadline: 18/01/2022 23:59 Brussels time.
FG IV - Project Officer – Agricultural economist – Modeller
Code: 2021-SVQ-D4-FGIV-018948 - SEVILLE