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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Environmental Assets Valuation)

Appointment:  Full-time, fixed-term (until July 2021)
Closing Date:  Midnight, 4 September 2019
Salary Level:  Classification Level A (Salary range A$85,931 to A$92,197 gross per annum plus up to 9.5% employer superannuation contributions)
Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia
Position Summary: The Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Environmental Assets Valuation) will play a key role in a collaborative research project to better understand the total economic value of the Sunshine Coast’s natural assets and ecosystem services to inform strategic decision making on how to protect and enhance the natural values that exist in the area, while at the same time meeting demands for sustainable social and economic development.

Position Overview

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance mutual interests for the benefit of the region. Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017 identifies the need to grow the natural economy by strengthening the economic base around the region’s natural assets and distinctive landscape features. A USC/SCC Project Steering Committee will provide oversight and guidance to the Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Environmental Assets Valuation), who will have reporting obligations to both USC and the Project Steering Committee in relation to the Valuing the Sunshine Coast’s Natural Assets project which will form the basis for the majority of the position’s work. The position will be based primarily at the USC Sunshine Coast campus in the Sustainability Research Centre, but from time to time and as required to progress the project, the incumbent will be accommodated for at the SCC office. 

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Environmental Assets Valuation) is to undertake research to better understand the economic value of the Sunshine Coast’s natural assets to inform strategic decision making on how to protect the natural values that exist in the area, while at the same time meeting demands for social and economic development. It is anticipated that the outputs from this project will support the continued need to invest in the protection, enhancement and management of the region’s natural environment by identifying the return on investment. The research objectives are to:

  • identify and critique a range of ecosystem services valuation frameworks, approaches, and methods;
  • select preferred frameworks, approaches, and methods in consultation with SCC and other key stakeholders (which can also facilitate periodical updates to ensure key messages remain current);
  • identify direct and indirect use and non-use values of the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area’s (SCLGA’s) natural assets including biodiversity, waterways and wetlands, and coastline values across the region and across tenures;
  • undertake economic and related assessments of the identified values;
  • develop key messages to raise awareness of the realistic values of the region’s natural assets;
  • develop key messages to contribute to debate and discussions regarding the region’s natural assets and the importance of ongoing strategic investment;
  • identify and apply methods to determine Council’s return on investment from their annual ‘environment’ expenditure;
  • highlight the economic outcomes associated with maintaining current environment management investment levels; and
  • consider how policies, investments, and environmental change may influence values derived from natural assets and ecosystem services under different scenarios.

Selection Criteria


  • Completion of a relevant doctoral qualification along with research experience in environmental economics related to environmental valuation methods.
  • Applicants must demonstrate:
  • Evidence of research performance success through high quality journal and refereed publications, research grant funding or involvement in projects 
  • Well-developed project management skills enabling the development of effective systems to monitor and report on the project
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication, interpersonal, consultation and negotiation skills to effectively collaborate with a wide range of people and develop effective working relationships with key external and internal contacts
  • Strong analytical and evaluation skills
  • Desirable
  • Experience with benefit transfer methods

To Apply

All applicants MUST provide a statement that addresses each of the selection criteria contained within the position description and their resume/curriculum vitae. 
Information regarding how to prepare your application and effectively address selection criteria is available on our website information for applicants. 

For further details and to apply for the position please visit

Contact for Further Information

Dr Graham Ashford
Deputy Head, School of Science and Engineering
School of Science and Engineering
Telephone: + 61 7 5430 1141



Energy Transition Hub Researchers (Economics & Policy)

  • Job No:             529403
  • Classification:   Academic (Level A, B or C)
  • Work Type:      Full time, Fixed Term appointment for up to two years
  • Location:          Canberra, ACT
  • Salary:               $71,509 - $131,402 per annum plus 17% superannuation
  • Position overview
    The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region.  The Crawford School of Public Policy is one of four Schools within CAP and one of the world’s leading public policy schools. The Crawford School is the University's focal point for contributing to public policy research, education and policy impact. Its graduate programs have trained many of the region’s leaders, and its research has impacted on policy making. Public policy scholarship at Crawford School is characterised by high quality, policy-relevant research across a range of disciplines.

    The Energy Transition Hub (Hub) is a collaborative research initiative between several Australian and German universities and research institutes. The Hub is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ANU and University of Melbourne, and project-specific contributions.

    At ANU, the Hub is led through the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy (CCEP), a research unit at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Related research is also undertaken under the ANU Grand Challenge “Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific” program, led by the ANU Energy Change Institute.

    The Role
    We are seeking up to three talented and motivated researchers to help us do research that contributes to the goals of the Hub's research programs, in particular in applied economic research and policy analysis.  The role also includes outreach and stakeholder engagement, involvement in grant applications, and some teaching contributions.  We seek researchers with demonstrated research excellence relevant to the project, and ability to produce innovative research on a range of emerging topics in the energy transition. 

    Successful applicants will enthusiastically engage high-impact research as part of the team, and in collaboration with researchers at partner universities in Australia and Germany.
    We are hiring up to three researchers, for a period of two years with potential extension depending on future funding. A joint appointment with the Grand Challenge programme, under the direction of the ANU Energy Change Institute, may be offered for one of the positions.

    We are hiring researchers in:

    1) Quantitative energy economics and energy/electricity systems and market modelling;
    2) applied economic analysis of energy markets, policy and regulation, and regional industrial transition;
    3) Analysis of supply chains and investment and trade frameworks for renewable energy based exports.

    The researchers will engage in a variety of projects related to Australia's energy transition, potentially including:
  • Quantitative analysis of transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy systems, including empirical ex-post economic analysis.
  • Market design and policy and regulatory frameworks to facilitate investment in renewables generation capacity, energy storage and transmission.
  • Economic and regulatory analysis of opportunities, prerequisites, and scenarios for renewable energy based exports from Australia (e.g. hydrogen, synthetic fuels, ammonia, green steel).
  • Supply chains, investment frameworks, regulation and taxation arrangements for new renewables-based export industries.
  • Regional economic impacts of and response measures to energy and industrial transitions, in particular the transition from coal to renewable energy.
  • Evaluation of international experiences and options for bilateral and multilateral collaborations on the topics listed above.
  • Other related topics that may arise from new projects.  
  • Successful applicants will have opportunities to contribute to the development of future research directions. 

    Further information
    For further information please contact Professor Frank Jotzo, Director, CCEP and Hub Co-Director, T: +61 2 6125 4367 or E:
    Application information
    In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:
  • A statement which outlines both your vision for the role and an overview of your experience and skills as it relates to the the role and selection criteria. This should be a narrative and no more than four pages.
  • A one page vision on your contribution to the research objectives as laid out.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.  Referees will only be contacted after prior consultation with the candidate. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure referees are willing to provide reports when contacted.
  • An indication of the earliest date on which you could commence in the position.
  • Applications close:   30 Aug 2019 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time 
    Interviews to be held during September 2019 by teleconference, reference checks and offers thereafter. 

    Contribute to the success of the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics in a key academic leadership role.
    Professor in Economics
    • Full time ongoing position based in Hobart
    • Opportunity to contribute to the School in a key academic position
    • Play a lead role in the continuing development of academics in the economics discipline
    The Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) at the University of Tasmania is a provider of world-class research and teaching, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University’s Hobart, Launceston and Cradle Coast (Burnie) campuses, as well as Sydney’s Rozelle campus.

    The Opportunity
    The Professor of Economics is a key academic leadership position with a balanced workload across research, teaching and engagement. Reporting to the Head of School (Accounting, Economics and Finance), you will make a significant contribution to the creation of an active and engaged staff group and maintain a strong focus on outstanding research contributions in terms of high-quality research outputs, external research grants and higher degree research student supervision. This position has become available following the retirement of the current Professor of Economics.

    Key Accountabilities:
    • Provide leadership in assisting the University to achieve its high-level objectives and fulfil its operational responsibilities, particularly by contributing to the development and implementation of strategy and by building an area of recognised strength
    • Undertake high-quality research of international standing, secure external competitive and other funding, publish research findings and successfully supervise research higher degree students to completion
    • Undertake scholarly undergraduate and postgraduate coursework teaching of an exemplary quality and provide leadership in key areas of learning and teaching in the economics discipline
    • Provide leadership in the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally, nationally and internationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community

    Your Application
    To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;
    • A PhD in a field relevant to economics
    • An outstanding record in, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved international recognition and made innovative, distinguished and sustained contributions to the field of economics, demonstrated by an exemplary record of high-quality publications, presentations at conferences and continued success in securing external competitive and other funding
    • Demonstrated capacity to build successful research teams
    • An outstanding record of successful research higher degree student supervision and completions.
    • Proven ability as an academic leader, with a strong record in team building and creating effective working relationships, along with a capacity to foster excellence in research and teaching and to support and facilitate the career development of staff


    Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level E and will have a total remuneration package of up to $205,204 comprising base salary of $173,651 to $175,388 plus 17% superannuation. A Position Description can be found here.

    The International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) in Tbilisi, Georgia seeks to make one or more appointments at the ISET Policy Institute ( ), a leading economic policy think tank in the South Caucasus. Ideal candidates will have an advanced degree in economics, public policy or another related field from a reputable international university. They shall also have a record of research and policy consulting on topics relevant for development and transition, such as, agriculture, migration and rural development, industrial policy, trade and regional integration, macroeconomic and financial policy, labor markets, education and social inclusion. Major duties are to:
    • Lead and manage a team of researchers and external consultants;
    • Develop project proposals/grant applications; 
    • Liaise with potential clients and donors, including government;
    • Implement applied policy research and consulting projects; 
    • Provide research-based policy advice, write on policy issues, and participate in public policy discussions; 

    Depending on the candidates’ qualifications, experience and interest, positions can be designed to also include academic responsibilities, such as to: 

    * Teach courses in ISET’s MA and BA programs; 
    * Conduct research; 
    * Supervise student theses; 
    * Design, manage and teach non-degree courses and programs;

    These will be fixed-term, renewable appointments with rank and salary commensurate with the candidates’ experience. Preference is for full-time appointments. Knowledge of Georgian and/or Russian languages will be considered an advantage. Positions are subject to available funding and will be open until filled. 

    Send letter of interest, CV, professional writing samples (papers, consulting reports, policy briefs, blog articles, etc.) and three references to:  with a subject “Policy Position” 
    About ISET and the ISET Policy Institute: ISET is an autonomous school of economics founded at Tbilisi State University in 2006 by the World Bank and a coalition of prominent international donors and governments. Operating in English, it is designed to prepare students from the South Caucuses region for top further education programs in the West, as well as corporate and public-service jobs in their home countries. The affiliated ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) complements ISET’s educational mission by conducting policy research and training, providing research-based policy advice, and contributing to the public policy discussion in Georgia and the South Caucasus. Both ISET and ISET-PI benefit from on-going commitments from senior international scholars and has strong financial backing from international organizations and corporations.

    About ISET and the ISET Policy Institute: ISET is an autonomous school of economics founded at Tbilisi State University in 2006 by the World Bank and a coalition of prominent international donors and governments. Operating in English, it is designed to prepare students from the South Caucuses region for top further education programs in the West, as well as corporate and public-service jobs in their home countries. The affiliated ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) complements ISET’s educational mission by conducting policy research and training, providing research-based policy advice, and contributing to the public policy discussion in Georgia and the South Caucasus. Both ISET and ISET-PI benefit from on-going commitments from senior international scholars and has strong financial backing from international organizations and corporations.


    Graduate Training in Economics and
    Data Analytics for a Smart, Green World


    The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applicants to their 10-month professional Master's program in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis (REDA). The world economy is experiencing a boom in energy and resource conservation programs, and strategies that use next-generation smart technologies to reduce energy demand are a major part of this. REDA is designed to train analytically-capable professionals for careers in this industry. The program includes:

        • 3-course series in statistics and econometrics focused on resource and energy demand analysis
        • Courses in environmental economics, resource economics, and energy economics
        • Methods course focusing on benefit-cost analysis, sample design, and survey design
        • Seminar course drawing on Madison's extensive community of energy professionals
        • Capstone practicum featuring real-world analysis scenarios that provide training on the range of responsibilities required of resource and energy analysts.

    Graduates will find employment with consulting firms, utilities, regulatory and government agencies, and private firms engaged in the development of resource and energy conservation programs. For more information, visit the program web site at or contact Bethany Glinsmann (


    World Economics Association

    The World Economics Association (WEA) has been in existence since 16 May 2011. The WEA is established to increase the relevance, breadth and depth of economics, and to free the economics profession from the dominance of any one country or bloc of countries. Its key features are:

    • worldwide membership and governance,
    • inclusiveness with respect to diverse theoretical perspectives and related disciplines, and
    • the study of the world’s diverse economies.

    The World Economics Association will publish three quarterly online journals (with print copies available for a fee) and hold online conferences. Subscriptions to the journals and participation in the conferences are free to members. Membership in the WEA is also free. To join takes only one minute. You can join now by going to and entering name, country and email address.

    The WEA welcomes, as members, non-economists interested in economics and its relationship with their own field of interest.

    To this end, the WEA will initially publish online three quarterly journals and host online conferences. Online subscriptions are free to members (a fee will be charged for print copies). The anticipated size of the WEA's membership means that its journals will have one of the largest readerships of any in the world.