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Third-party-funded project staff member (post doc)

The Institute for Ecological Economics is currently inviting applications for a 30-40 hours/week third-party-funded project staff member (post-doc, employee subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff - Angestellte/r gemäß Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitäten; minimum gross monthly salary, paid 14 times per year: Euro 2,852.93 (for 30 hours/week) or Euro 3,803.90 (for 40 hours/week) as part of the “Climate Economics and Finance” Research Group. This employee position will be limited to a period of 2 years (additional funding opportunities might arise in the near future so to extend the contract to a longer period), starting on October 1, 2019(commencement date subject to change; we are flexible and will consider different starting dates should the successful candidate require it).

The post holder will contribute to the activities of the CASCADES project (Cascading climate risks: Towards adaptive and resilient European societies), funded by the European Commission under the H2020 framework and comprising twelve European institutions. The aim of CASCADES is to study the implications of extra-European climate risks on various domains of European societies (trade, finance, geopolitics, policy, etc.). The aim of the Work Package led by WU is to achieve: i) a comprehensive assessment of the exposure of European businesses and private/public financial institutions to direct and indirect extra-European climate risks and opportunities, from the perspective of both individual organisations and the financial system as a whole; ii) the identification of appropriate changes in business models, portfolio allocation strategies and public policies to reduce the exposure of European businesses and investors to climate-related risks and make use of opportunities.

The responsibilities of the post holder will be to contribute to:

  • The assessment of direct and indirect exposure of the European financial system to climate-related risks originating outside of Europe;

  • The assessment of the exposure of individual stakeholders (companies, financial investors, insurance companies, development banks, central banks) to extra-European climate risks;

  • Produce policy-relevant research and advise European policy makers on the most effective strategies to mitigate climate-related financial risks;

  • Co-produce knowledge on climate-related financial risks and opportunities stemming from mitigation strategies, in collaboration with the project's stakeholders.


The post holder will work in close connection with Dr. Emanuele Campiglio, Dr. Irene Monasterolo, the members of the Climate Economics and Finance Research Group and the rest of the WU Institute for Ecological Economics. This position does not involve any teaching, unless otherwise negotiated with the successful candidate.

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Applicants should have:

  • A doctoral degree or PhD in Economics, Finance, Environmental/Ecological Economics, Physics, Statistics, or related subjects (or be close to completion).

  • Strong analytical, modelling and coding skills. Experience with network analysis, big data analysis and applied complex systems analysis is particularly welcome.

  • Experience with statistical and modelling softwares (e.g. Matlab, R).

  • A strong research focus, the interest and capability of publishing in top-tier journals in economics, social sciences, environmental sciences and finance.

  • A strong knowledge of the linkages connecting macroeconomic dynamics, finance, environmental sustainability and climate change.

  • An interest in policy analysis, design and implementation, especially in the environmental and finance field.

  • Capability of disseminating the research findings to a broader audience (including non-academic stakeholders, e.g. policy makers, media).

  • Excellent written and communication skills in English (knowledge of German welcome but not required).

  • The ability to work independently, as well as part of a multicultural team effort; and to respect tight deadlines.

  • International and cross-cultural experience and understanding.

  • Previous experience in developing policy-relevant research in collaboration with business, finance, NGOs and policy stakeholders is welcome.


Please submit: (i) a CV with the contact details of two referees; (ii) a letter of motivation discussing how you fit the role and its specifications: (iii) a sample of your research work.

Reference Number: 3897

Application materials can be submitted online until May 2, 2019.

For Application please visit the WU eRecruiting Website

You also find the application text at the WU recruiting portal: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/careers/careers-at-wu/current-job-openings/