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Resource Economics - PostDoc

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Resource Economics
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Research, Postdoctoral Research Associate

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.  The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers.  In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

An exciting opportunity is available as a postdoctoral research associate to work with Dr. David Keiser in the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, starting September 1, 2020.  The successful candidate will contribute to a number of research projects on the economics of water quality policies and efforts to measure the social costs of water pollution. Funding is available for 2 years (second year conditional on satisfactory performance in first year).


Essential Functions 

  • Perform research in the general area of the economics of surface and drinking water quality.
  • Collect and clean datasets to support research related to the economics of water quality.
  • Present research to internal and external academic audiences.
  • Help plan and organize an annual workshop on the social costs of water pollution.


Other Functions

  • Participate in departmental reading groups.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 


Required Qualifications

  • PhD focused on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (or closely related field) and been academically active for no longer than 4 years.
  • Knowledge of non-market valuation theory and methodologies.
  • Knowledge and interest in water resource economics and policy.
  • Strong programming capabilities (e.g., Stata, ArcGIS).


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday; 8 hours/day; 40 hours/week


Application Instructions

Candidates should submit a cover letter describing their interests and skills as they relate to the position description, a CV, a research paper (working or published) and the names and contact information of three references.


For full consideration, applications are due January 10, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.  Start date is September 1, 2020.  Questions can be addressed to David Keiser at


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.


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