Spatial Economist for Climate Risk Analysis

Spatial Economist for Climate Risk Analysis

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The European Commission's Directorate Joint Research Centre is looking for one Spatial Economist for Climate Risk Analysis to join its Unit "Economics of Climate Change, Energy and Transport" based in Seville, Spain. 

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre 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

The Unit JRC.C.6 "Economics of Climate Change, Energy and Transport" conducts economic analysis of climate, energy and transport policies, both at the EU and global levels, using different databases and expertise with in-house economic models and econometric tools. 

The ECCET unit offers a position as Spatial Economist for Climate Risks Analysis.

The main tasks of this position include:

•    Contribute to the development, calibration and validation of regional economic modelling tools for the assessment of long-term economic impacts of climate change in Europe, with a particular focus on regional heterogeneity (NUTS2) and cross-region interactions. 

•    Implement the regional model for sectoral climate impact studies (e.g. sea level rise, river floods, droughts, high temperatures) and multi-hazard climate change impacts (see for instance;

•    Produce quantitative analyses that support ex-ante impact assessments for EU policy initiatives in the context of the EU climate agenda;

•    Contribute to science for policy reports and policy briefs, along with internal and external communication on these;

•    Collaborate with other teams on various policy-relevant scientific topics, in the unit, with other JRC and EC units, or with external contractors (for instance climate change impact assessment, linking specialized models); 

•    Participate actively to the international climate impacts research fora: contribution to research projects, evaluation of research results, and writing of scientific publications.

PhD (doctoral diploma) or a minimum of 5 years of professional experience after university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma. 

He/she should have 
•    Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years professional experience after university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma, or a PhD;

•    Spatial economics: Candidates should have experience and a demonstrated training in the theory and methods of economic geography, spatial economics, regional economics, economic growth and development, preferably in the context of climate change and its impacts and dynamics. 

•    Modelling skills: Candidates should have ease in manipulating quantitative information and datasets. Knowledge of programming software and languages (such as R, Python, Matlab or Stata) is an important asset and will be highly valued.

•    Scientific record: The successful applicant is expected to have an excellent record of research activities; having publications in international peer-reviewed journals is an important asset and will be highly valued.

•    Communication and dissemination: The candidate should present good written and oral communication skills. The selected candidate will be working closely with colleagues in an international environment; teamwork and a spirit of collaboration will be strongly valued.

An advanced level of written and spoken English is essential; knowledge of Spanish is not a necessary requirement (note that courses of Spanish are provided to people interested).

Indicative duration 
36-month initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years. 

Seville, Spain. 

Rules & Eligibility 

The candidates must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the specialised call for researchers

EPSO Permanent CAST: 

Specialised call for researchers:

Full details on the open call is available at:

Deadline: 08/08/2022 23:59 Brussels time. 

Post reference: Economic Researcher 2022-SVQ-C6-FGIV-021088

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Edificio Expo C/ Inca Garcilaso, 3

E-41092 Sevilla , Spain