Research Positions at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (Milan, Italy)

The RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) is a research institute co-founded in 2018 by Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC). The Institute’s mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. The Institute is committed to being a central focal point for research insights and policy solutions within Europe, and connecting that work internationally. This is achieved by combining excellence in environmental and energy economics with the climate science and policy competences. EIEE has strong ties with a world-wide network of research institutions engaged in topics ranging from environmental research, climate change, economics, energy systems but also sustainability transitions and policy evaluation. This implies a very interactive, collaborative and interdisciplinary work environment and research experience.

EIEE is currently encouraging applications for several junior and senior researcher positions in one of two macro-areas of research:

  • Climate Change Economics and Integrated Assessment Modelling (ref. 9340)
  • Digitalization and Environmental Economics (ref. 9375)

Duties will be carried out in Milan (Italy) in the heart of the vibrant design district (@ BASE). The selected candidate will interact with researchers of different research background and nationalities. She/he will focus on writing top quality scientific papers, will be engaged in a global network and will have the chance to attend major conferences.


Detailed job descriptions:

  • Climate Change Economics and Integrated Assessment Modelling (ref. 9340): duties associated with this research position include maintaining and developing the WITCH IAM. This can be related to aspects such as energy systems modelling, macro-economic modelling, analysis of distributional impacts, technological change, uncertainty and decision theory.

The ideal candidate holds (or is close to completing) a PhD in economics, or engineering/mathematics/physics/computer science/statistics coupled with an economic background. Proficiency in at least one programming, modelling or statistical language (i.e. R, GAMS, Stata, Python, or Julia) is an important requirement. Previous experience in (integrated assessment) modelling, as well as a proven publication track record, will be particularly valued. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential for this position.


  • Digitalization and Environmental Economics (ref. 9375): the successful applicants will be working within the ERC Starting Grant 2D4D, “Disruptive Digitalization for Decarbonization”. The aim of the project is to quantify the technical and socio-economic impacts of digital technologies in three key hard-to-decarbonize sectors: industry, transport and buildings. To this end, the project will apply multi-methods approaches including econometric analysis, big data analytics, qualitative case studies, expert elicitations and quantitative methods. Therefore, a variety of academic backgrounds will be considered for this position, including, but not limited to, empirical economists, innovation system analysts, economic geographers, public policy analysts.

The ideal candidates hold (or are close to completing) a PhD in economics, policy analysis, innovation studies, public economics or related areas of research. Previous experience with multi-method research approaches, as well as a solid publication record, will be particularly valued. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential for these positions.

Belonging to legally protected categories (ex L. 68/99) will constitute a preferential condition.

Assignments are expected to being in early-mid 2020. The appointment period will be initially of one year, renewable for up to two more years. The gross salary will be based on qualification and working experience and competitive with major research centres in Europe.


How to Apply

Applicants should register to CMCC JAM (Job Application Manager) website and fill the online form following the links below:

  • Climate Change Economics and Integrated Assessment Modelling Position (ref. 9340): APPLY NOW
  • Digitalization and Environmental Economics Positions (ref. 9375): APPLY NOW

When required in the application form, applicants should upload a single document containing the detailed curriculum vitae, contact information of two references, the full list of publications, and the job market paper or a writing sample. Applied researchers doing data analysis or coding please also attach a code example (max. two pages of any *.do/*.R/*.gms/*.py/*.m/*.jl code written by the applicant pasted into a text document).

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and are then required to also submit two letters of recommendation. The institute will interview also at the 2019 European Job Market, in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), on Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19. For any further information or clarification, please contact

Applicants responding to this posting declare that they have read, understood and agreed to the “Official Rule for the CMCC Personnel recruitment” published to the following url:

(Deadline: March 31, 2020)