Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment - Durham

2864 12915
Position ID:Duke-NSOE-Durham-PDSMITH2 [#12915, Postdoc-Smith]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Coastal Economics and Coupled Systems Modeling
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Environmental / Environment
Public Policy
Economics / Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/12/04, finished 2019/04/17)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate Coastal Economics and Coupled Systems Modeling at Duke University

A postdoctoral position in economics is available in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University to work on an NSF-funded project, “Climate Change Adaptation in a Coupled Geomorphic-Economic Coastal System with Heterogeneous Climate Beliefs.” This project will analyze the ways in which coastal processes and economic decisions about land use and coastal engineering interact to determine the nature and timing of adaptation to climate risk. It addresses the interactions of natural forces, economic decisions, and public policies over long time horizons to determine how the built environment and patterns of human settlement react to rising seas and related coastline changes. These issues are of concern to a significant part of the US population, especially along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico, that faces persistent flooding and storm damage. The postdoctoral researcher, under the supervision of Martin D. Smith, will work primarily on numerical modeling of the coupled coastline system and applied econometrics of coastal real estate markets. Postdoctoral researchers are also expected to work with the PI to develop new research projects.

Lab Link: https://nicholas.duke.edu/people/faculty/smith

TERM The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding.


Applicants should hold a PhD in economics, agricultural and resource economics, applied economics, or a similar field. Applicants should have completed a field in environmental and resource economics or in public economics. Applicants must have skills in applied econometrics and in numerical modeling. Programming experience in Matlab, Python, or R is required. Familiarity with programming in Stata and with GIS software are preferred but not required.


The position is available immediately. For doctoral candidates completing degrees in spring of 2019, a start date in the summer of 2019 is expected. To apply: Interested individuals should send the following materials to AcademicJobsOnline • CV • Names and email addresses of 3 references • A short cover letter describing your background and career goals • A one-page statement of research interests and technical skills • A sample research paper

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions should be emailed to marsmith@duke.edu

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Box 90328
Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708

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