PhD student: Development of economic models to support low carbon transitions


The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) opens a competitive call for applications to one PhD contract to write a doctoral thesis on issues related to the development of dynamic- econometric input-output models to support low carbon transitions. The applicant will develop the thesis in the context of the LOCOMOTION project funded by the H2020 program. The overall objective of LOCOMOTION is to enhance existing Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) in order to provide policy makers and relevant stakeholders with a reliable and practical model system to assess the feasibility, effectiveness, costs and impacts of different transition pathways towards a low-carbon society. The research will be conducted at BC3 but also in collaboration with other international research institutions.

Specifically the applicant would:

  • Develop a doctoral thesis in parallel to the different tasks associated to LOCOMOTION project.
  • Contribute to the econometric estimations and development of the structures of the economic module of an Integrated Assessment Model.
  • Work with other team members developing an Integrated Assessment Model.
  • Write deliverables for the European Commission.
  • Progressively, publish peer-reviewed research in international scientific journals.


The applicant should have a Graduate Degree in Economics, Engineering, Mathematics or similar with at least 300 credits or a University Master or equivalent, and with a background in quantitative methods (econometrics), modelling (Input-Output, CGE) and programming (GAMS, Python, R).

Other relevant skills:

  • Knowledge of the energy sector and international climate policies
  • Good interpersonal as well communication skills (both written and oral) in English
  • Flexibility to collaborate in existing research projects.

Term of contract

The position will be for a period of two years with a possibility for extending it for two more years upon a positive assessment of the performance.


The position will carry competitive salary, matching the academic and professional profile of the applicant, and excellent work conditions.


Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Biscay (Spain).

Additional information: As a HR Excellence awarded institution, BC3 is committed to conciliate research-academic requirements and family duties. BC3 is particularly concerned with creating equality opportunities for women and men. Women with relevant qualifications are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and at least one letter of recommendation to, subject of the message “PhD: LOCOMOTION”. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Iñaki Arto


25th of February 2019 (CET 17:00)

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