Predoctoral researcher

Last application date
Sep 16, 2019 18:02
EB21 - Department of Economics
Employment category
Research staff group 1
Limited duration
Master of Science in (Business) Economics, Master of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Business Engineering or equivalent
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated full‐time PhD student for a project on short run and long run determinants of environmental preferences and environmentally related behaviour, with a duration of 4 years at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Ghent University. Supervisor of the PhD will be Prof. dr. Bart Defloor. The first aim of this research project is to set up a framework for analysing (individual) decision making with consequences for CO2 emissions and climate change. Some of these decisions (investment decisions such as housing) have consequences for many years, while others (consumption decisions, such as dietary choices) might change in the short run. The second aim is to construct a longitudinal dataset containing information on preferences and behaviour. The third aim of this research project is to analyse the determinants of environmental preferences based on existing international datasets. An important overarching goal is to provide advice to policymakers on climate policy.

Profile of the candidate

- A strong motivation to perform scientific research and to obtain a PhD based on scientific papers as result of the research project (this includes following a doctoral training program).

- An interest in / background in sustainable development, microeconomics, econometrics, public economics and environmental economics.

- Focus and perseverance, and a positive attitude towards criticism.

- Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.

- Good project planning skills and the ability to work independently on this project.

- Very good to excellent English language skills (spoken and written).

How to apply

Applications must contain the following documents in English:

(1) a personal motivation letter;

(2) a CV;

(3) (for applicants who did not graduate at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at UGent) contact details of one referent (e.g. the supervisor of your master thesis).

Informal enquiries and applications must be addressed to

Interviews will take place at the end of September or October 2019.