Postdoctoral Position in Integrated Assessment Modelling for Post-Growth Climate Mitigation Scenarios – ICTA-UAB, Barcelona

Deadline: 05 May 2024
Position: Postdoctoral Position, Integrated Assessment Modelling for Post-Growth Climate Mitigation Scenarios
Location: Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) in Barcelona, Spain
Salary: 35.000€ gross annual salary
Project Description

ICTA-UAB is seeking applications for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to work on two exciting international collaboration projects.

MAPS (short for Models, Assessment & Policies for Sustainability), is a Horizon Europe project that aims to advance the development of modelling tools in ecological economics, broaden the range of policy options, and expand the conceivable scenario space to achieve high levels of human wellbeing while limiting climate change and protecting biodiversity. REAL is an ERC-Synergy project that aims to explore new models of provisioning systems, policies, and politics in a post-growth direction, in which achieving universal human wellbeing is achieved within planetary boundaries – and removed from dependence on economic growth.



The successful candidates will hold a PhD in Ecological/Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, or another field involving the modelling of environment and society. We seek candidates who have previous experience with Integrated Assessment Modelling, who have an interest in post-growth and degrowth scholarship, and who are motivated to work on climate mitigation scenarios and modelling post-growth policy implementation. Experience with programming is required.

Other requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish or Catalan will be valued but is not required.
  • Track record of research publications.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability and commitment to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the interdisciplinary teams of the REAL and MAPS projects.
  • The position is full-time and based in Barcelona. Successful candidates will be supported in their travel to conferences and presentations.
  • Ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment.

The position will be hosted at ICTA-UAB, under the supervision of Dr Aljoša Slameršak and Dr. Jason Hickel. The candidates will work in close collaboration with the REAL project team at ICTA-UAB and the University of Lausanne (led by Jason Hickel, Giorgos Kallis and Julia Steinberger), and in collaboration with the MAPS project team at the University of Barcelona (led by Daniel W. O’Neill and Federico Demaria). Successful candidate will be supported in conducting a research stay at one of the other leading modelling teams in Europe, if they so desire.

We are committed to advancing the careers of junior women researchers, and researchers from under-represented backgrounds, who are encouraged to apply.


Expected Tasks
  1. Contribute to the design of post-growth scenarios of climate mitigation and energy transition that will be submitted for inclusion in the next IPCC and IPBES assessment reports.
  2. Collaborate on the development of an IAM that can represent relationships between economic output, human development, energy and resource use, and environmental impacts, and which can integrate policy interventions that can deliver equitable access to essential goods and services for all.
  3. Contribute to the development of pathways for North-South convergence, enabling the attainment of high levels of human wellbeing for everyone within the planetary boundaries.
How to Apply

Deadline: Sunday, May 5th 2024, 23:59 CET
Start date: June-September 2024 (It is desirable that successful candidates take part in the kick-off of the MAPS project that will take place in Pontevedra, Spain between June 14th and June 16th).
Salary: Approximately €35,000 per year

How to apply: Please submit your CV, transcripts from previous degrees, and a motivation letter to Dr Aljoša Slameršak at by May 5th 2024, 23:59 CET. The subject of your email should be: “Application for the MAPS postdoctoral position on integrated assessment modeling”.

In your motivation letter we would like you to present a short outline of a research approach to address the following challenge:

Current IAMs do not integrate all dynamic feedbacks between the economy, environment, and society that are needed to model post-growth scenarios, and some of the assumptions in these models may not hold in post-growth scenarios. In your opinion, what are the weaknesses and strengths in existing IAMs when it comes to modelling a post-growth scenario? How would you model non-linear structural change in a post-growth scenario? Which new variables, indicators and mechanisms need to be included in a post-growth scenario to capture possible dynamics of a post-growth transition?

The motivation letter should have a of maximum 1000 words.

Please ask two referees to submit reference letters for you directly to by May 5th 2024, 23:59 CET. The subject of their emails should be: “Reference for YOUR NAME for MAPS position”.

Online interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in the third or fourth weeks of May 2024.