Post Doctoral Fellow (Post Doctoral Scholar)

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Classification:Visiting Research Scholar
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
Work type:Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:Coll of Business & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

About the College of Business and Public Policy: UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) is a dynamic academic resource that serves and reflects Anchorage, Alaska’s largest metropolitan community. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the College has an impressive faculty who bring a wide range of academic and industry expertise to students and community partners. CBPP students represent all age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds. Students have a variety of areas from which to choose with Baccalaureate degree majors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Global Logistics, Management (Property Management and Real Estate concentration option), Management Information Systems, or Marketing. The Economics Department hosts the Vernon Smith Economic Science Laboratory and an experimental economics research program. It has also has special expertise in behavioral economics and resource economics. It is home to the Rasmuson Chair in Economics, the only fully-funded privately-endowed scholarly chair at the University of Alaska, which brings leading economics scholars to be in residence at UAA for terms up to a year.


20Teach one principles of economics course per semesterEssential
40Engaging in high quality research in natural resource and development economics that informs public policy in resource-rich economies and that leads to publications in top journals.Essential
40Working collaboratively on research projects with members of the Department of EconomicsEssential

We are searching for a bright creative scholar with interests in natural resource and development economics. Preference will be given to candidates with strong training in applied microeconomics, and interests in experimental methods. Responsibilities include 1) engaging in high quality research that informs public policy in resource-rich economies and that leads to publications in top journals, 2) working collaboratively on research projects with members of the Department of Economics, and 3) teaching one principles of economics course per semester.

Salary will be $70,000 per year. The successful candidate will also receive a generous benefits package, relocation funds, and a $7500 annual research/travel budget. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a strong record of research excellence in the areas listed above.
  2. Work collaboratively with faculty of the Department of Economics and Public Policy.
  3. Teach one principles of economics course per semester.

Qualifications (Required):

  1. Ph.D. in Economics or closely related field, earned in the last three years from the date of appointment.
  2. Strong analytical, research, statistical, and quantitative skills.
  3. Ability to write clearly, professionally, and persuasively.
  4. Effective communication skills.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  1. Stata, MATLAB, ArcGIS.
  2. Experience with experiment design.
  3. Strong economic modeling skills.

 Application Procedure

 Candidates must submit:

  1. A cover letter addressing:
    1. General educational background and experience.
    2. Interest in, and qualifications for, conducting research on natural resource and development issues.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A writing sample demonstrating the ability to conduct good economic research and communicate the results well.
  4. A graduate school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  5. Teaching evaluations.
  6. Names of three references.

Applicants must also arrange for three signed letters of recommendation to be emailed to:

Review of applications will begin on December 10 and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate that the first round of interviews to be conducted by phone in January.

For more information about this position, or how to apply, contact the search committee chair, James Murphy, at or 907-786-1936.


The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of non-discrimination available at

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