Postdoc on ‘Regional economic modeling of long-term scenario’s and climate policy impacts’

Postdoc on ‘Regional economic modeling of long-term scenario’s and climate policy impacts’

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26 Aug 30 Sep Delft

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Job description

Ambitious climate policy, such as the EU Green Deal and Dutch Delta Program, requires comprehensive assessments of its national, sectoral and regional economic impacts along a range of possible long-term socio-economic and climate scenarios. Several research institutes in the Netherlands are currently developing such long-term scenarios taking into account their economic, environmental and welfare effects at subnational level for the Netherlands. This PostDoc project offers a unique opportunity to perform impactful work between advanced academic and policy oriented research by contributing to the development of regional and sectoral long-term scenarios for the Netherlands using a combination of econometric analysis and Spatial Computable General Equilibrium modeling. The ambition is to provide new insights into the implications of climate change and climate policies at the regional scale to develop actionable strategies for aligning socio-economic and climate goals.

The direct tasks of this PostDoc position include:

(1) statistical analysis of empirical data on technological innovations that can be used to develop scenarios of technological learning for future energy transitions;

(2) co-development of specific scenarios of regional development, e.g. regional inequalities in the labor market as an outcome of technological changes and climate policy, changes in sectoral productivity and in consumption patterns. Such scenarios will leverage on the latest international scientific discourse, and will be developed in collaboration with PBL and TU Delft researchers;

(3) advance and run Spatial Computable General Equilibrium model developed by PBL to quantify the sectoral and regional welfare effects of climate change mitigation and adaptation policies in the Netherlands under various scenarios

This position is jointly hosted by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency & TU Delft. At PBL you will collaborate with economists & modelers at the Department of Urbanisation and Transport. At TU Delft you will be part of the Policy Analysis Section, Department of Multi-Actor Systems at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, and will participate in the Delft Climate Action Program     


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The ideal candidate will have:

  • PhD degree in Economics, Operations Research or Econometrics (or be close to graduating);
  • Experience of modeling in GAMS and STATA , R or Python
  • Track record in economic modeling, preferably Computable General Equilibrium modeling, is an advantage;
  • Domain knowledge in the field of climate policy is an asset;
  • Solid problem-solving skills and capacity to take the initiative;
  • Ability to work well in a team;
  • Proven written and verbal English communication skills (do mention your key publications in the motivation letter).      

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 years full time.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

With its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy, the Faculty of TPM makes an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security.
We combine insights from the engineering sciences, the social and the humanities. We develop robust models and designs, are internationally oriented and have an extensive network with knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02723


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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