Vacancies

Offerings such as internships, vacancies, student- or graduate jobs are published centrally in the Student Service Centre Database. This is the central platform of the university on which organizations advertise to students and alumni. Another platform where predominantly PhD positions and faculty and staff vacancies are posted is Academictransfer or via Inomics. Moreover, more PhD position openings related to Neuroeconomics may be found at neuroeconomics.nl . 

Section AE2 currently offers two vacancies for PhD positions: 

PhD Position: Climate change, energy transition and international cooperation

Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Type of Position: PhD position
Type of Institution: University/College
Maastricht University
Application deadline:        May 5, 2018 
Contact:                              

Ms Sylvia Beenen
Department of Economics (AE2) – Maastricht University
Phdpositionae2-sbe[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

Project description:

Both fossil fuel producers and users understand the necessity to switch to more sustainable energy in the future. This potentially reduces the value of the (underground) stocks of carbon-based fuels to zero. This research project focuses on the question whether, and if so to which extent, cooperation between carbon-based fuel suppliers and demand-side agents may generate outcomes that are different and perhaps even better in some respects, than the outcomes that would be generated in a setting where carbon-based fuel suppliers will optimize their own outcomes conditional on the expected reactions of agents at the demand side. This problem setting has strong intertemporal features, as the depletion of carbon-based fuel stocks takes time, while it also takes time to build up the capacity to effectively use alternative carbon-free fuels. The transition is constrained by countries’ commitments through the Paris climate agreement. To address these issues, we aim construct a dynamic economic model, including supply-demand interactions. In addition, the role of financial institutions and/or markets will be explored.

Required background/expertise:

The candidate ideally should have a clear interest in the economics of climate change and energy transition and in doing academic research. Preferably he/she has an MPhil – possibly an MSc – degree in economics, econometrics or financial economics. Experience with optimal control models and statistical software is recommended. Finally, good writing skills and good command of the English language are a prerequisite.

General information:

It is a full-time, paid position for 3 years and includes limited teaching duties in the Economics department. The department focuses on applied research with both academic and societal impact. For further information on our department please visit our department’s website (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/department-economics).

For further information on the project you can contact Prof. Dr. Olaf C.H.M. Sleijpen, professor of European Economic Policy, at o.c.h.m.sleijpen[at]dnb[dot]nl

Applications:

Applications should be submitted by email (only) to
Phdpositionae2-sbe[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl  before May 5, 2018. The application should include (in one merged document):

  1. motivation letter (at most one page),  
  2. curriculum vitae,
  3. transcript of university results/grades,
  4. the names and contact details of two references,
  5. proof of academic writing skills by one of the following: MSc thesis (if available) or a seminar paper,
  6. preferably GMAT and language (IELTS) scores.

PhD Position: Macroeconomic Policy in times of Uncertainty

Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Type of Position:       PhD position
Type of Institution: University/College
Maastricht University
Application deadline: May 12, 2018
Contact:    

Ms Sylvia Beenen
Department of Economics (AE2) – Maastricht University
Phdpositionae2-sbe[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

 Project description:

The recent global financial crisis clearly demonstrated the inability of economic models to properly interpret the real world during periods of increasing volatility. The lack of robustness of forecasts arising from the traditional, data sparse approach in (macro-) economic modelling is seriously questioned. It prompted a renewal of the field and more stringent attention to forecasting and model insight in times of uncertainty. More specifically, data-rich research is gaining increasing visibility.  Early insights from this recent literature are already contributing to current economic theory.

This research project aims at contributing to this field, using the increasing availability of financial, economic and individual level data (‘big data’) and applying it to European macroeconomic policy issues.

 In summary, this PhD proposal focusses on the use of a data-driven approach in European macroeconomic policy making in times of uncertainty and the development of a data-rich forecasting methodology which is robust in periods of higher volatility.

Required background/expertise:

The candidate ideally should have a clear interest in macro-economic theory and policy and in empirical research. Preferably he/she has an MPhil – possibly an MSc – degree in quantitative economics, econometrics or financial economics. Experience with programming and statistical software is recommended, and experience with large datasets or big data are a plus. Finally, good writing skills and good command of the English language are a prerequisite.

General information:

It is a full-time, paid position for 3 years and includes limited teaching duties in the Economics department. The department focuses on applied research with both academic and societal impact. For further information on our department please visit our department’s website (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/department-economics).

For further information on the project you can contact Dr. Giulia Piccillo at g.piccillo[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.

Applications:

Applications should be submitted by email (only) to
Phdpositionae2-sbe[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl before May 12, 2018. The application should include (in one merged document):

  1. motivation letter (at most one page),  
  2. curriculum vitae,
  3. transcript of university results/grades,
  4. the names and contact details of two references,
  5. proof of academic writing skills by one of the following: MSc thesis (if available) or a seminar paper,
  6. preferably GMAT and language (IELTS) scores