UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


We're hiring: Research Associate in Macro-Economic Modelling Nexus

11 January 2018

UCL-ISR is hiring a Research Associate in Macro-Economic Modelling of the Water-Energy-Food-Environmental Nexus


The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL-ISR) delivers world-leading research, teaching and enterprise in the sustainable use of global resources. UCL-ISR is a cross-disciplinary institute that aims to address some of the major challenges facing sustainable resource use today and in the future. We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate in macro-economic modelling of the water-energy-food-environmental nexus. The successful candidate will undertake high-level modelling supporting multi-disciplinary research projects and will contribute to the UCL-ISR research strategy as part of the macro-economic modelling team.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, with extensive working knowledge of water, energy and food nexus modelling. The candidate should demonstrate proficiency on data analysis, data construction, programming and CGE modelling.

The candidate should also be able to produce academic papers for publication in economic and multi-disciplinary journals. As part of the macro-economic modelling team, you will further develop our Environmental Global Applied General Equilibrium (ENGAGE) model, applying state-of-the-art modelling tools on the interlinkages between water, energy and food systems. Moreover, you will undertake cross-cutting analysis linking the WEF nexus with climate change, environmental and ecological dimensions.

The appointment is for 30 months in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available.

Key Requirements

-  A PhD, or near to completion, or commensurate experience in economics, econometrics or programming, with measurable experience in applied modelling.

- State-of-the-art knowledge of quantitative economic modelling using advanced CGE modelling tools, demonstrated in peer review publications.

- Solid and practical experience in global CGE modelling experience.

- Excellent analytical skills and passionate for data analysis, modelling and programming.

- Excellent level of computer literacy, including advanced use of General Algebraic Modelling system (GAMS), Mathematical Programming System for General Equilibrium (MPSGE) and General Equilibrium Modelling Package (GEMPACK).

- A keen interest in the resource nexus, climate change and environmental policies.

- Ability to work in international and multidisciplinary teams.

- Ability to plan and prioritise effectively workload.

- A keen interest to contribute to fund-raising activities and project leadership.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed on the UCL Human Resources website. To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the Human Resources link.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact: Bseer-recruitment@ucl.ac.uk

If you have specific questions about the role please contact Dr Alvaro Calzadilla, (a.calzadilla@ucl.ac.uk), 020 3108 9848.

Closing Date: 25 Jan 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

Interview date: Week commencing 5 February 2018