Call for PhD student – Univ. Grenoble Alpes, GAEL laboratory

Location : France, Grenoble, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

Doctoral school : Doctoral School of Economics of the University Grenoble Alpes

Research field: Decision theory / Environmental economics

Researcher profile : PhD student

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

Subject title : Models of ambiguity and unawareness with applications to environmental economics and network industries

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

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

Subject description:
The successful candidate can choose to concentrate on one of the two topics outlined below or treat certain aspects from each of the topics. The topics are indicative and will be further specified to take into account the candidate’s research interests.

1. 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.

2. The second part of the project deals with the role of uncertainty in network industries. Network structures are very common in the energy industry, as e.g., in the production and distribution of electricity, as well as in 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.

Eligibility criteria : Applicants

  • must hold a Master’s degree (or be about to earn one) or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master’s (5‐year duration) in economics, mathematics, or a related field
  • must have the affinity and skills necessary for mathematical modelling of economic phenomena;
  • must have good knowledge in one or more of the following areas: microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, environmental economics, network economics, decision theory, social choice, mathematical economics, applied mathematics, probability and stochastic processes, dynamic modelling, dynamic optimization.

Selection process

Applications will be evaluated through a three‐step process:

Step 1: deadline May 5, 2018 at 17:00 (CET)
Applications should be submitted in English and contain:

  • A copy of university bachelor and master diplomas and grades
  • A CV
  • A motivation letter explaining the candidate’s motivation for doing a PhD, their research interests, as well as a description of their skills as relevant to the project;
  • 2 letters of recommendation.

Step 2: Shortlisted applicants will be asked to write a short research project (2‐3 pages), to be submitted by June 15, 2018 at 17:00 (CET)

Step 3: The review board of the Doctoral School of Economics of the University Grenoble Alpes will invite shortlisted applicants for interviews. Interviews will take place in Grenoble in September 2018. Skype interviews may be organized.

Applications should be sent in pdf to: ani.guerdjikova@univ‐grenoble‐

  • Type of contract: temporary‐3 years of doctoral contract
  • Job status: Full time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Offer starting date: October 1, 2018
  • Application deadline: May 5, 2018
  • Salary: between 1768.55 € and 2100 € brut per month (depending on complementary activity, e.g., teaching, or not)
  • Funding: IDEX Project: Univ. Grenoble Alpes ‐ The world‐class innovation university


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.

A personalized Welcome Center for international students, PhDs and researchers facilitates your arrival and installation.

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)

Key figures:

  • + 50,000 students including 7,000 international students
  • 3,700 PhD students, 45% international
  • 5,500 faculty members
  • 180 different nationalities
  • 1st city in France where it feels good to study and 5th city where it feels good to work
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