Funded Ph.D. position in Food and Resource Economics at UBC

We invite applications for a fully funded Ph.D. position at UBC focusing on agriculture, trade, and the environment. The position is located in the Food and Resource Economics Group (FRE) and is part of the Wildlife and Conservation Economics Lab (WCEL)(https://wildconsecon.landfood.ubc.ca/). FRE is an active group of environmental, resource, and agricultural economists within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and with collaborative relationships with the Vancouver School of Economics, the Institute For Resources Environment and Sustainability, and the Sauder School of Business. Frederik Noack will supervise the position. The Ph.D. program is the Integrated Studies of Land and Food Systems. The position provides a four years stipend and access to the Environment Economics Research Unit (WCEL’s computing facilities).

The successful candidate is expected to lead a research project in collaboration with Frederik Noack, Ryan Abman (SDSU), and Clark Lundberg (SDSU) on large-scale foreign land acquisitions and agriculture. In addition, the candidate is expected to develop innovative research projects related to economic development, trade, environment, or resource use. PhD candidates in the FRE are expected to write three papers during their PhD of which one is typically a single-authored job market paper. The successful candidate is expected to complete a graduate degree at the University of British Columbia and succeed in graduate-level economics courses.

Degree in economics or related fields.
Good data skills, including econometrics and/or geospatial analysis.
Proficient in R or another relevant programming language.
Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and under direction.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.

For full consideration, please apply by February 14. The positions remain open until filled. Please send the following documents by email to Frederik Noack (frederik.noack@ubc.ca) with “WCEL application” as the subject:

  • Cover letter explaining the fit for the position (two-page maximum, one page preferred)
  • CV
  • Contact information of three references
  • Transcripts

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.