Researcher Economic CGE Modeling

Wageningen University
March 17, 2023
Offerd Salary:€3.527
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Job description

Are you a talented economic CGE modeler and interested in both code writing for improving an in-house simulation model (MAGNET) and using the model in cross-cutting applications? Do you have extensive experience in applied quantitative economic analysis and have you worked on global and country-level analyses of agri-food production, consumption and trade?

We are looking for a talented colleague with a customer- and market-oriented attitude and strong affinity with applied scientific research. Proven experience in the development and application of CGE models, interest in agri- food production, consumption and trade and ambition to further develop and use our global economic CGE model MAGNET is a must. You should have the capability to execute outstanding independent research projects as result-oriented team player.

Your most important activities in doing so will be:

  • contributing to further development and maintenance of the global CGE model MAGNET, as a tool for scenario analyses assessing implications of new policies such as the EU's Green Deal, and other changes in the economic and natural environment including biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • conducting research activities on simulating and assessing cross-cutting impacts of agricultural, trade, climate change and bioenergy policies on the global economy;
  • within your projects, establishing and maintaining national- and international-level contacts with research institutes, and public and private sector organisations such as the EC Horizon Europe, Dutch Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, EC JRC, EC Directorates- General, CGIAR, OECD and UN organizations;
  • alongside your research, further expand your network in both the public and private sectors to generate new opportunities for continuation of research in your area.
  • You will be working in the expertise group International Policy, one of seven expertise groups at Wageningen Economic Research. The International Policy group is committed to contributing to a more sustainable world by doing applied socio-economic research for food business, governments and NGOs. The group comprises a multidisciplinary and multinational team of micro and macro modelling experts and researchers in policy and impact analysis, and maintains a GEMPACK-based economy-wide model for applied global analysis (MAGNET).



    To strengthen our team, we ask you to have:

  • an MSc degree in economics, with a PhD and experience or affinity with food production and trade being an advantage;
  • an advanced know-how, i.e. mastering either GAMS or GEMPACK programming, and proven experience in development and application of CGE modelling tools, demonstrated in applied research project outcomes;
  • 3-5 years relevant work experience in fields related to the applied research of agri-food system dynamics demonstrated by publications in scientific journals and other media;
  • a keen interest in applying socio-economic research in public and private sector domains and the ability to work in international, multidisciplinary teams;
  • customer-orientation with good communication skills, and having a broad network within research and among potential customers;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Dutch, with an additional language being an advantage.
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    Conditions of employment

    Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
  • In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €3.527,- and € 5.479,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed. You will initially receive a one-year contract, which will be extended to an open-ended contract upon in mutual enthusiasm.

    Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.


    Employer Wageningen University & Research

    Wageningen University and Research The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

    Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

    We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


    Additional information

    For more information about this position, please contact Corine van As, +31 317 481 823 or [email protected]

    For more information about the procedure, please contact Jeanine van t Veer- Drost, (Corporate recruiter) via [email protected]

    Do you want to apply? You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

    This vacancy will be listed up to and including 13 maart 2022.

    Equal opportunities Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

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