Post-doctoral fellow (M/F) in climate-economy modelling (NAVIGATE project) at CES, France

Reference : UMR8174-STEZUB-003
Workplace : PARIS 13
Date of publication : Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 May 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2695 and 3107 euros gross per month (depending on experience)
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent

Missions

CES (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne) is looking to recruit a talented and motivated researcher who will contribute to the center’s research on climate-economy modelling and will be involved in the European H2020 project NAVIGATE.

The NAVIGATE project (Next generation of AdVanced InteGrated Assessment modelling to support climaTE policy making) aims at developing the next generation of climate-economy integrated assessment models (IAMs) that can directly support the design and evaluation of EU and international climate policies and inform the alignment of climate action with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project involves 17 partners and includes leading modelling teams in Europe.

The selected candidate will contribute to document and develop an integrated assessment model, which will be used to evaluate the distributional implications of climate change impacts and examine the inter-relations between climate policies and different Sustainable Development Goals, in particular those related to inequality and poverty reduction and health. The selected candidate will interact with leading international researchers and lead or contribute to several tasks within the framework of the NAVIGATE project (namely work package 4 on spatial and social heterogeneity and work package 5 on impacts, co-benefits, and other SDGs). In particular, she/he will contribute to endogenize population in a regional IAM. More specifically, she/he will be involved in the following tasks: (i) improve estimates of how temperature affects regional mortality, also accounting for impacts of atmospheric pollution on health, (ii) include estimates of replacement fertility and migration between regions, (iii) improve welfare representation – currently based on consumption utility only – to include several additional metrics, and account for inequality aversion between and within generations, spatial inequality and poverty, (iv) develop scenarios to quantify the impact of climate change and socioeconomic development on population growth and climate-induced migration.

Activities

– Computer programming: including the effects of climate change on moratlity, fertility and migrationsin the NICE model (Julia), or the RICE model (Python)
– Contributing to the analysis of the results of the numerical models and performing numerical optimization exercices to determine optimal cliamte policies
– Contributing to a reflexion on the welfare metrics to be used to evaluate climate policies in IAMs
– Contributing to writing research papers to be published in peer-reviewed international journals
– Participating to the meetings of the NAVIGATE project

Skills

– PhD in economics or a related field (relevant for the project).
– Good training in economics and/or environmental and socio-economic modelling.
– Experience in programming (Scilab, Julia, Python)
– Ability to work in a team in the context of an international project (proficiency in English is required)
– Publication of research articles

Work Context

The postdoctoral fellow will be based in Paris at Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (CES UMR 8174 de l’Université de Paris 1 et du CNRS). He/she will be supervised by Stéphane Zuber (CES) and Aurélie Méjean (CIRED).

CES (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne) is a research unit within Paris School of Economics (PSE), bringing together 93 permanent researchers and 112 PhD students. CES is located at Maison des Sciences Economiques, 106-112 boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris. The selected candidate will also closely interact with researchers from CIRED (Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développment), including researchers involved in the NAVIGATE project.

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