Call for Post-doctoral researcher – Univ. Grenoble Alpes, GAEL laboratory

Location : France, Grenoble, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

CDP title : The Role of Deep Uncertainty and Agent Heterogeneity for Environmental Policy and Network Industries

Job profile (Title): Post‐doctoral researcher

Scientific hosting department (laboratory’s name) : GAEL (Grenoble Laboratory for Applied Economics)

Supporter’s name : Ani Guerdjikova
Contact : ani.guerdjikova@univ‐grenoble‐

Research field: R2: economics, environmental economics, mathematical economics, decision theory, networks

Researcher profile:Recognized researcher (PhD holder not yet fully independent)

Job profile :
The successful candidate will conduct research in one or more of the following domains: decision theory, environmental economics, networks, mathematical economics as related to the project “The Role of Deep Uncertainty and Agent Heterogeneity for Environmental Policy and Network Industries”

Short description:
Deep uncertainty plays a central role in environmental issues. Whether we think of climate change, the efficient and safe use of different energy sources, or the adoption of new technologies, individual and public decision makers may not be able to envision all relevant contingencies (“unawareness”), and to assign to them unique probabilities (“ambiguity”). While the decision‐theoretic literature has developed the necessary analytic tools for the study of such problems, few models in environmental economics take into account this type of uncertainty. The first goal of the project will be to study the impact of deep uncertainty and agent heterogeneity on behavior, market outcomes and
optimal social policies in dynamic markets with pollution (externalities) and non‐renewable resources.
The second part of the project deals with the role of uncertainty in network industries. Network structures are very common in the energy industry, e.g., the production and distribution of electricity, as well as the extraction and transportation of natural gas. Two types of uncertainty interact in this context: exogenous uncertainty such as technical risk, uncertainty about the characteristics of demand in the short‐and in the long‐run, and strategic uncertainty about the behavior of other agents in the network (their buying and selling behavior, storage, investment, or capacity decisions, their contribution to the safety and reliability of the network). This part of the project will examine the impact of uncertainty and agent heterogeneity on the resulting strategies, the choice of equilibrium in games on a network, as well as on the informational efficiency of the network.

  • Required language : English
  • Type of contract : temporary, 12 months
  • Job status (Full time or part time): full time
  • Hours per week : 35
  • Ofer starting date : October 1, 2018
  • Application deadline: May 15, 2018
  • Salary: Starting with approximately 1900€ net / month depending on the experience of the applicant (net of social contributions, before taxes)

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or be about to earn one) or have a University degree equivalent to a European PhD (8‐year duration) in economics, mathematics or a related field.

Applicants will have to send an application letter in English and attach:

  • Their last diploma
  • Their CV
  • Two or three research papers or publications
  • A research statement explaining how they will contribute to the project
  • 2 or 3 letters of recommendation, one of which should be from the PhD thesis advisor

Address to send their application to: ani.guerdjikova@univ‐grenoble‐

Selection procedure

Application deadline: May 15, 2018 at 24:00 (CET)
Applications will be evaluated through a three‐step process:

1. Eligibility check of applications in May 2018
2. 1st round of selection: the applications will be evaluated by a Review Board in May 2018. Results will be announced on June 1, 2018.
3. 2nd round of selection: shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Grenoble or per skype. The interview will take place during the week of June 18, 2018.


More on University Grenoble Alpes, University of Innovation :

One of the major research‐intensive French universities, University Grenoble Alpes enjoys an international reputation in many scientific fields, as confirmed by international rankings. It benefits from the implementation of major European instruments (ESRF, ILL, EMBL, IRAM, EMFL)*. The inspiring ecosystem, grounded on a close interaction
between research, education and business, has earned Grenoble the rank of the 5th most innovative city in the world. Surrounded by mountains, the campus is set in a beautiful scenery and provides a high quality of life and work environment. With 7000 foreign students more than 8000 yearly visitors from all over the world, the University
Grenoble Alpes is an internationally engaged university.

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In 2016, University Grenoble Alpes was labeled «Initiative of Excellence “. This label has been attributed to ten French world‐class research universities. By joining the University Grenoble Alpes, you have the opportunity to conduct worldclass research, and to contribute to the social and economic challenges of the 21st century (“sustainable planet and society”, “health, well‐being and technology”, “understanding and supporting innovation: culture, technology,
organizations”, “Digital technology”).

* ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility), ILL (Institut Laue‐Langevin), IRAM (International Institute for Radio Astronomy), EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), EMFL (European Magnetic Field Laboratory)

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