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August 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

University of Alaska Anchorage

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

JOE ID Number: 2017-02_111459450
Date Posted: 11/14/2017
Date Inactive: 01/31/2018
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Anchorage, Alaska, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
Q5 -- Environmental Economics
Q3 -- Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
C9 -- Design of Experiments
O -- Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
Resource-rich Economies
Natural Resource Economics
Development Economics
Applied Microeconomics
Experimental Economics
Salary Range: $70,000
Full Text of JOE Listing:

We are searching for a bright creative post-doctoral scholar with interests in natural resource and development economics. Preference will be given to candidates with strong training in applied microeconomics and an interest in experimental methods. Responsibilities include 1) engaging in high quality research that informs public policy in resource-rich economies and that leads to publications in top journals, 2) working collaboratively on research projects with members of the Department of Economics, and 3) teaching one principles of economics course per semester.

Salary will be $70,000 per year. The successful candidate will also receive a generous benefits package, relocation funds, and a $7500 annual research/travel budget. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Develop a strong record of research excellence in natural resource and development economics.
2. Work collaboratively with faculty of the Department of Economics and Public Policy.
3. Teach one principles of economics course per semester.

Qualifications (Required):
1. Ph.D. in Economics or closely related field, earned in the last three years from the date of appointment.
2. Strong analytical, research, statistical, and quantitative skills.
3. Ability to write clearly, professionally, and persuasively.
4. Effective communication skills.

Qualifications (Preferred):
1. Stata, MATLAB, ArcGIS.
2. Experience with experimental design.
3. Strong economic modeling skills.

About the College of Business and Public Policy
UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) is a dynamic academic resource that serves and reflects Anchorage, Alaska’s largest metropolitan community. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the College has an impressive faculty who bring a wide range of academic and industry expertise to students and community partners. CBPP students represent all age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds. Students have a variety of areas from which to choose with Baccalaureate degree majors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Global Logistics, Management (Property Management and Real Estate concentration option), Management Information Systems, or Marketing.

The Economics Department hosts the Vernon Smith Economic Science Laboratory and an experimental economics research program. It has also has special expertise in behavioral economics and resource economics. It is home to the Rasmuson Chair in Economics, the only fully-funded privately-endowed scholarly chair at the University of Alaska, which brings leading economics scholars to be in residence at UAA for terms up to a year.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Reference Instructions:
Applicants must also arrange for three signed letters of recommendation to be emailed to
At least one letter of reference must attest to completion of PhD prior to start date (Fall 2018).
Application Instructions:
Applications must be submitted online via the University of Alaska Human Resources website.
Position number 508253.

Candidates must submit:
1. A cover letter addressing:
a. General educational background and experience.
b. Interest in, and qualifications for, conducting research on natural resource and development issues.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. A writing sample demonstrating the ability to conduct good economic research and communicate the results well.
4. A graduate school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
5. Teaching evaluations.
6. Names of three references.

Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate that the first round of interviews will be conducted by phone in January.

For more information about this position, or how to apply, contact the search committee chair, James Murphy, at or 907-786-1936.