PostDoc position in sustainable development and renewable energy in Santiago de Chile

Joint Postdoctoral Research Position at the Institute for Public Policy, Universidad Diego Portales, and at the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) based at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile

The Institute for Public Policy (Faculty of Economics and Business) at the Universidad Diego Portales, the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) based at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile invite applications from economists (or related fields in the social sciences) for a joint postdoctoral research position in the area of sustainable development. Both the Institute for Public Policy and the Solar Energy Research Center are looking to strengthen their research in subjects related to public policy for sustainable development, particularly in areas that relate to policy incentives and regulatory barriers pertaining to the development of alternative energy sectors in Chile. Specific subjects of interest include: energy economics, green economy, sustainable productive development and related fields.

The Institute for Public Policy (IPP), Faculty of Economics and Business at the Universidad Diego Portales

The Public Policy Institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business at Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) focuses on both research and teaching. Our aim is to produce research that informs public policy, and to communicate this research effectively to the public and to all social actors. We are currently seeking to expand our areas of expertise to include topics of sustainable development. Since its establishment, the Institute has had an important voice in Chile’s public policy debates. Our researchers actively participate in advisory commissions and public fora where policy decisions are analysed and discussed. Through our Masters Programmes in Public Policy and Sustainable Development (to be launched during 2017), the Institute is also committed to training the next generation of senior policy makers in Chile.


The Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile

The Solar Energy Research Center (SERC Chile) is a research centre funded by the Chilean National Commission for Science and Technology (Conicyt, Fondap programme), which was established in 2012 to construct a solid foundation of knowledge on solar energy in Chile. The centre brings together six Chilean universities (Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Tarapacá, Universidad de Antofagasta, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, and Universidad de Concepción) as well as the Fundación Chile. Its research focuses on the multiple scientific and technical aspects of the solar energy sector, including the economic, social and regulatory aspects of solar development (see http://www. for more information on the centre’s research lines).


How to apply

Qualified candidates must have a PhD (awarded within the last 5 years or an approved PhD thesis with graduation pending) in economics or a related social science with a relevant specialisation in a subject related to sustainable development that fits into the research agenda of our institutes. Candidates should have strong writing and methodological skills. In addition to the completion and publication of their own research in ranked academic journals, the postdoctoral scholars’ primary responsibilities will consist of planning and conducting new studies, undertaking statistical data analysis and the preparation of manuscripts for publication and conference presentations. They will work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research team of researchers led by professors Claudio Agostini (SERC), Rodrigo Palma (SERC) and Kirsten Sehnbruch (IPP).

The salary offered for this position is US$ 30,000 per year approximately (precise amounts may vary depending on exchange rates and are negotiable). Each position is for two years, but renewal for the second year will be subject to the fulfilment of jointly agreed objectives.

Applications are open until November 30th, 2016. Please send a motivational letter, curriculum vitae, summary of Ph.D. research, brief research proposal (no more than two pages) and two letters of support to Sandra.mella@udp.clApplications should be submitted in English. Interviews with the selection committee can be conducted by skype. We would expect the selected candidate to start working with us as soon as possible.

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