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University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 3628443
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

Environmental and Resource Economics Postdoctoral Scholar (up to 3 positions), Environmental Markets Lab (emLab), University of California Santa Barbara

Position title: Postdoc-Employee
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Expected start date is 7/1/2023
Position duration: The duration of the initial appointment is 12 months; reappointment for an additional year(s) is possible depending on performance and funding.

Open date: November 10, 2022

Next review date: Sunday, Dec 18, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) is seeking up to 3 postdoctoral researchers to lead in the development and execution of applied and/or academic research projects in environmental and resource economics. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more of emLab's focus areas in climate and energy, land and freshwater, oceans and fisheries, and people and poverty.

The Environmental Markets Lab is an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Economics Department that conducts cutting-edge, data-driven research on the power, limitations, and design of market-based approaches to tackle pressing environmental problems. In collaboration with implementing partners, emLab aims to better align environmental objectives and economic incentives in support of sustainable livelihoods and a resilient planet. We endeavor to foster an inclusive, collaborative work environment to bring interdisciplinary expertise to solve critical environmental problems.

The ideal candidate(s) should have training in economic theory, econometrics, and/or other quantitative research tools and an interest and track record in publishing in top science and/or economics journals. They will have the opportunity to work with the eleven emLab principal investigators and will report directly to the principal investigator who most closely aligns with their area of interest. The successful candidate(s) will have flexibility to contribute to the emLab projects they are most interested in, and can also allocate a fraction of their time to their own research.

Salary is competitive, commensurate with the applicant's qualifications. Postdoctoral benefits are included (

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD program (or equivalent) except the dissertation in economics with a focus in environmental and resource economics, or a closely related discipline, at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
PhD in economics with a focus in environmental and resource economics, or a closely related field, at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications
A minimum of 3 years of academic or applied research experience in econometric methods and/or economic theory related to fisheries, climate, energy transitions, land-use, or poverty alleviation;
Excellent quantitative and modeling skills including advanced coding in R, Stata, Python, and/or Matlab;
An interest and track record in publishing in top academic journals;
Proficiency using GitHub, and other modern data management, sharing, and presentation interfaces;
Proficiency with LaTeX;
Ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously;
Excellent communication skills to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences;
Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO, and government partners, and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team.

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample - Working paper or publication

    Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
    The search committee will contact references of the top candidate(s) after the interviews. After references are checked, a top candidate(s) will be chosen.

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