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Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) in Behavioural and Experimental Economics

Eurac Research is an applied research centre located in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy, in a surrounding offering a high quality of life. The Institute for Renewable Energy conducts applied research on how to produce energy using advanced energy systems based on sustainable energy sources, how to manage them and reduce their consumption. The Urban and Regional Energy Systems group with its multidisciplinary composition supports urban and regional decision makers in the energy transition towards a fully sustainable energy system. 

As part of the Horizon2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Innovative Training Networks (ITN),  the Smart-BEEjS Human-Centric Energy Districts: Smart Value Generation by Building Efficiency and Energy Justice for Sustainable Living project has been awarded https://smart-beejs.eu/

Smart BEEjS invites applications for 15 Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowships starting in October 2019. The successful candidates will join the project as early stage researchers (ESRs) for three years with the possibility to enrol to a PhD programme.


As of October the 1st 2019, the following Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship will be assigned:


Testing Behaviourally Informed interventions to tackle Energy Poverty in Social Housing Districts.

The objective of the project is to explore insights from Behavioural Economics to help policy makers understand and target the behavioural mechanisms that hinder an effective transition to Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) needed to tackle energy poverty in social housing areas. The ESR will design and conduct laboratory and field experiments drawing from behavioural economics, and propose evidence-based policy advice to create PEDs.

The position allows the young researcher to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic and non-academic partners.

In particular, during the three-year project, two secondments are planned:

  1. Agenzia per L'Energia Alto Adige –  CasaClima, to disseminate the field experiment in Bolzano Social Housing District to local actors and explore their willingness to promote energy efficiency in a just way.
  2. Cognitive and Experimental Economic Laboratory (CEEL) Università Degli Studi di Trento, to acquire the skills to design and conduct a laboratory experiment on technology acceptance.

By the end of the programme, the young researcher will have the skills required to be transformative and influential champions and leaders of tomorrow, promoting Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) and Energy Justice for all citizens.

The successful applicant will be based at Eurac Research (Bozen/Bolzano – Italy) and will have the possibility to enrol to the PhD Program in Economics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (http://rgs-econ.org/).


Tasks and Requirements:

See person specification document at the following link.

Specific Fellowship Requirements:

  • Graduate degree at the MA level (or equivalent) in economics, behavioural economics or econometrics.
  • Training in advanced microeconomics, behavioural economics and econometric method.
  • Knowledge of experimental economics and skills to use statistical software (e.g. Stata).
  • Previous experience with lab and/or field experiments is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Italian is desirable.

We offer

See job description at the following link.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application by 10.09.2019 according to the instructions at the following link.

Eurac Research
Institute for Renewable Energy  

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: nives.dellavalle@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 711 

For further information please contact Nives Della Valle: Tel: +39 0471 055 711



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