Postdoc researcher on theory and quantitative economic modelling for a circular economy

Postdoc researcher on theory and quantitative economic modelling for a circular economy

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23 Feb 14 Apr Tilburg

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The Department of Economics, jointly with Tilburg Sustainability Center, has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Researcher/Teacher in Economics (full time for 2-3 years). We are looking for an economist with both theory and quantitative skills. The postdoc will contribute to the development of a new generation of computable general equilibrium models that can analyse the contribution of circular economy strategies and policies on GHG emission mitigation

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher/teacher will work on the Horizon Europe project “CircoMod - Circular economy modelling for climate change mitigation”. Its aim is to model how circular economy (CE) strategies impact GHG emissions and resource efficiency. The researcher will contribute to the project by extending existing economic theories and models with circular economy features. Extensions include the representation of secondary markets and material balances, including a vintage structure in the resource use block, and linking material physical flows to trade patterns, sector value-added, primary and secondary material use, regional competitiveness, and resource (in)dependence. Through the project the researcher collaborates with a diverse group of European researchers on economics, climate, material flows, and policy making.


The new researcher will work with prof. Reyer Gerlagh and Dr Etienne Lorang on the economic modelling activities and with Dr. Asel Doranova on policy dialogues and work with stakeholders. The project is expected to lead to publications in top field journals.


The job includes a 20-25% teaching task consisting of thesis supervision and teaching in Python-related programming courses and environmental economics courses. 


Tilburg University


Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education, in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance, but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader connecting people. 
More specifically, we are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Completed a PhD in Economics
  • Demonstrated skills in economic theory
  • Experience with quantitative macro-economic models (e.g., CGEs, IAMs, R, python)
  • Knowledge of, or demonstrable interest in the topic of circular economy and sustainability
  • Excellent communication skills in English, orally and in writing
  • The ability to independently carry out research, and co-work in a team

We value 

  • Teaching and thesis supervision experience

The successful candidate will also perform some teaching tasks and other duties, occasionally, which will be consistent with the role of Postdoc. Preferences for teaching are discussed at the interview and can be part of a balanced job offer.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2-3 years.

Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University stimulates scientific integrity and supports inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.


For this position, we offer:

  • A position based on 1,0 fte (40 hours per week) for 2 years or 0,8 fte (32 hours per week) for 3 years;
  • This is a vacancy of which the work is temporarily financed based on project financing in accordance with Article 2.3, paragraph 7 sub b of the CLA for Dutch Universities, namely the Horizon Europe project “CircoMod - Circular economy modelling for climate change mitigation. You will be given a temporary employment contract for the duration of 24/36 months . Continuation of this position depends on the availability of financial resources. 
  • A salary of minimum € 3.974 and maximum € 5.439 gross per month for full time employment, based on salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral remuneration system for salary scaling that is based on relevant education and work experience;
  • Vacation allowance (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%);
  • Vacation days (41 days for a 40-hour work week);
  • Options Model for benefits and reimbursement of moving expenses;
  • Employees from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance of 30% of their taxable wages. We will apply for this reimbursement for you;
  • You will be enrolled in the General Pension Fund for Public Employers (ABP) through us;
  • Various training courses, for example in leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development;
  • A wide range of amenities and facilities and various arrangements to create an optimal work-life balance.

Visit working at Tilburg University for more information on our terms of employment. 


Tilburg University

Under the motto of ‘Understanding society’, Tilburg University’s more than 1,500 employees develop knowledge, transfer it to others, and bring people from various disciplines and organizations together. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. Our focus areas are economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, the humanities and digital sciences, and theology. Tilburg University is internationally known for its high standards in education and scientific research, as well as its good support facilities. The Tilburg University campus offers both quietness and connectivity as it is located in a wooded park, ten minutes away from the city center, main highways, railways, one-and-a-quarter hour from Schiphol and close to Eindhoven Airport.


Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) is the university largest faculty.  TiSEM offers well reputed academic research and education. Its research belongs to the European top. The education programs, of which the majority are offered completely in English, are on the international map with the AACSB accreditation awarded in 2002. Employees and students form an ambitious international community. 
The Economics Department at Tilburg University is one of the largest and most successful economics departments in Europe. Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their research and committed to providing high-quality education programs for students. The department is organized into several research institutes and projects.

Tilburg School of Economics and Management


Tilburg Sustainability Center
TSC centers its inter-disciplinary research activities within the area of Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Related Societal Challenges. The inter-disciplinary research of this group combines socioeconomic and legal aspects of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy transition, circular economy including research on the legal and socio-economic framework for the deployment of new technologies. The group also conducts assessments of the effectiveness of environmental and energy taxes, labels, EU/ETS (Emissions Trading Systems), as well as economic analyses of policy instruments and international environmental agreements.

Tilburg Sustainability Center


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Economics
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 21370



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