CLOSED – Applications invited for Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics – NUI Galway Policy Lab

Postdoctoral Researcher – NUI Galway Policy Lab

College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG RES 138-21

Full-time, Fixed-term Post Available (6 months)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 6 month full-time, fixed-term contract position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics, in the Policy Lab at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is carried out with the support of the Foodshield Science Foundation Ireland Project, funded by the Irish Government.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be employed to undertake research in the area of Economic-environmental-spatial impact of novel technologies as part of the SFI funded Foodshield project. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work in an interdisciplinary environment with PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, research scientists, and faculty staff from NUI, Galway, UCD and AFBI and others. The Postdoctoral Researcher will join the current Policy Lab team in examining a range of issues in relation to the economic, environmental and spatial impact of novel technologies. See the appendix for a discussion of the work.


The project will develop an analytical framework to undertake an economic-environmental-spatial impact assessment of new bio-economy sectors. The impact assessment will build upon a framework developed to look at the impact of marine renewables. In this research programme we utilise novel economic analytical routines to evaluate the multi-dimension impact of new technologies on the economy, whether it be from a system point of view (Van Ittersum et al, 2008), a value chain effect or on the wider economy a spatial impact or from a risk assessment point of view. We will also extend the value chain perspective to incorporate carbon footprinting.

The post holder will be expected to present their work in oral format, at international project meetings and symposia as well as in related marine stakeholder fora. They will also be expected to collaborate on the production of reports and publications in the peer reviewed scientific literature and popular press.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • PhD in Economics or related discipline
  • Evidence of experience in handling large scale datasets
  • Demonstrable experience in statistical and econometric analysis of micro datasets
  • Evidence of experience in developing and using micro-based simulation models
  • Evidence of track record in writing and publishing peer reviewed papers
  • Evidence of experience in presenting results at academic conferences
  • Experience in engaging with non-academic stakeholders

Desirable Requirements:

  • Knowledge and/or experience in the use of input-out methods and or microsimulation modelling
  • Candidates should have excellent communication and organizational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about developing new research; and have strong documentation, oral and interpersonal skills. 

Salary: €44,657.00 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from August 2nd, 2021

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment – see for further information.

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Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Professor Cathal O’Donoghue at

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in Word or PDF only) to

Please put reference number NUIG RES 138-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Thursday, 22 July, 2021

Interviews will be held during week beginning 26 July, 2021

Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews may have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

NUI Galway reserve the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.