Are you looking for an exciting PhD position in agricultural economics? Would you like to work in a dynamic research group with several ongoing disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations? Are you highly motivated to undertake PhD training?
The Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) invites applications for a PhD student to join its research group “Agricultural and Food Economics”. This position is linked to a research theme with a focus on agriculture and transition towards food preparedness and sustainability.
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Title for the position: PhD student position in Agricultural Economics
Research subject: Economics
Access to food is a basic human right. But our food systems are vulnerable to disruption, something underlined by recent events such as the 2018 drought in northern Europe, the Covid-19 pandemic and most recently Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This has increased our awareness of the importance of improved preparedness in terms of food access and food production. At the same time, food systems are not sustainable. They need to be developed to become environmentally, socially and economically sustainable on a global as well as national and regional level. This doctoral project is founded in these two development needs – improved preparedness and the need to change to more sustainable food systems and is part of an interdisciplinary research project where we investigate these development needs.
As a PhD student in economics, you are expected to carry out supervised research leading to a PhD thesis as well as taking PhD courses to the equivalent of 90 credits.
The position will be placed within the research group Agricultural and Food Economics at the Department of Economics, SLU. In this group, the successful candidate will be offered a stimulating context with colleagues who focus on various aspects of agricultural and food economics, including production economics, consumer economics, agricultural and food policy, and trade. The topics of interest add to the literature in agricultural economics and related fields. We have vivid disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary collaborations, for instance with researchers in crop production, technology, animal health and veterinary epidemiology. The group currently consists of about 20 staff-members, including several PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, senior researchers, research assistants, a senior lecturer and a professor.
Basic eligibility for third cycle education in Economics. The successful applicant is expected to possess basic knowledge related to research methods in Agricultural and Food Economics or in other related fields. The position requires very good communication skills in English. The successful applicant should be strongly motivated to work with tasks outlined above, she/he is expected to work to establish own initiatives to move the PhD project forward and to work well in a research team. Advanced knowledge related to econometric analyses and knowledge about the food system will be considered of merit, as will an interest in behavioral approaches in economics research. Personal merits will play a significant role in the recruitment process.
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Form of employment
Employment as a PhD student, 4 years of education
According to the agreement.
Welcome with your application via the application button no later than 28/02/2023.
In order to be eligible for education at postgraduate level, a degree at advanced level or at least four years of full-time studies, of which at least one year at advanced level, is required.
Selection among the eligible applicants is based on: written application including curriculum vitae; thesis, copies of diplomas and register extracts from previous studies at undergraduate and advanced level at university or college, two personal references, knowledge of English. More information about requirements for English skills can be found on the following page:
Please note that the applicant(s) who are called to an interview must submit notarized copies of diplomas and register extracts from previous studies at undergraduate and advanced level at a university or college, and that applicants who have foreign citizenship must also submit a notarized copy of the page in the passport that contains the photo and personal information.
Read more about SLU’s postgraduate education at https://www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.
SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.
Post expires on Tuesday February 28th, 2023