NOVAFRICA Vacancy for Postdoctoral researcher in GLOBCOADEV project (Portugal)

NOVAFRICA is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral researcher.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to be integrated in the ERC project GLOBCOADEV.

The global impact of coastal water contamination on economic development” (GLOBCOADEV)
GLOBCOADEV will provide novel insights into the causal effect of coastal water contamination on economic development. Using a novel approach exploiting exogenous variation in coastal water contamination determined by rivers’ release and by climate change, we will identify this effect for the last five decades and at a global scale for all LMICs. By gathering a wide array of micro- level datasets, ranging from household surveys to satellite imaging, and applying advanced micro-econometric techniques, we will pursue three major objectives: 1) to provide the first global evidence of the effect of coastal water contamination on early-childhood development, focusing in particular on the role of nutrition; 2) to determine how coastal water contamination affects local economic activities, concentrating on the pattern of fishing and on indicators of overall economic development; 3) to investigate side effects of coastal water contamination that are impacting local economic development, which include changes in political attitudes, the insurgence of violence, and rural-urban migration.

Start date: September 2023.
Duration: 2 years (renewable yearly up to 4 years)
Location: Carcavelos Campus, Nova School of Business and Economics
Responsibilities: The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to the research projects under the umbrella of GLOBCOADEV, including programming, data analysis, and research writing.
Selection criteria: The candidate should have a strong research interest and background in development economics and/or environmental economics. Coding expertise and interest/expertise in geospatial analysis and machine learning is considered a plus. Knowledge of Portuguese is not a requirement.

Your profile:
• PhD in Economics or related.
• Research interest and background in development economics and/or environmental economics.
• Interest and expertise in geospatial analysis and machine learning.
• Working knowledge of Portuguese is required.

Compensation: The position is offered for two years, and it can be extended yearly, up to four years. The candidate is expected to start in September 2023. The position is full-time research, does not involve teaching, and the salary conditions are competitive (41-43k gross per year).

Applications should be submitted via EconJobMarket and must include a motivation letter describing the applicant’s own research interests and how their research experience fits within the GLOBCOADEV project, a full CV, two writing samples (articles, thesis chapters or manuscripts), and two reference letters. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. The first round of interviews will be conducted virtually in June 2023 (dates TBC).
Deadline for applications: rolling basis.