Call for Postdoctoral fellow with interest in the Socioeconomic Dimension of Forest Fires


The Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2, is a center of excellence created in 2013 with funding from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). CR2 is the point of convergence of researchers across disciplines jointly addressing the understanding of the Earth System in a changing climate and contribute to the evaluation and design of mitigation and adaptation measures in order to strengthen climate resilience in Chile.

CR2 is involved in an interdisciplinary fire research project seeking to assess the main drivers, impacts, responses and trends of fire regimes under climate change and variability in central and south-central Chile. As part of this project, CR2 is looking for a Postdoctoral fellow with interest in inter-disciplinary research. The selected candidate will lead new research in at least one of the following topics: i) analysis of the economic impact of fire on natural ecosystems and ecosystem services; ii) multi-temporal and spatially explicit modelling of the socio-economic drivers of fire, including the role of fire as a driver of Land Use and Land Cover Changes (LULCC); and iii) causal analysis of environmentally-relevant policies on fire behavior and other fire-related socioeconomic outcomes. All the above using spatial statistics and spatially-explicit statistical models. The chosen candidate is expected to lead the writing of articles on these topics and present results at international conferences.

Assessment criteria:  In the appointment process, special attention will be given to candidates with a PhD degree in Social Science (e.g. Applied Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Policy, Sociology, Human Geography, or related disciplines). The candidate should demonstrate strong research interests. Additional factors that will favorably influence selection include:
• Previous experience in spatially explicit statistical modelling and strong analytical skills to work with large and multiple datasets.
• A proven ability to work in a research team with a range of scientific disciplines.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills preferably in English.
• Experience of publishing in top-level journals is also important.

Terms of employment: The position involves full-time employment for 1 year.

The position will be held at the College of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago (

The salary will be 1,750,000 Chilean pesos (approximately 2600USD per month). Interested applicants should send their CV, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and research plan, by June 30th 2019, 23 pm Chilean local time. We expect to communicate the decision by July 2019 and the selected candidate is expected to start September 01st, 2019 or as per agreement.

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