PhD Position in Economics

University of Basel


PhD Position in Economics

to start on June 1, 2024 or upon agreement

The research group Energy Economics at the University of Basel, Switzerland, invites applications for a PhD position. The position is connected to the ongoing SWEET CoSi project (Co-Evolution and Coordinated Simulation of the Swiss Energy System and Swiss Society,, but the successful candidate will have the opportunity to also pursue additional research interests of his/her own in environmental or energy economics.

Your position

Within CoSi the position is associated to WP4 investigating the role of individual behavior for the Swiss energy system in an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, economists, and modelers. Contributing to these projects will require a sound background in economic concepts. The preferred candidate has a background in behavioral economics ideally in the field of energy and environmental policy and experience with numerical modelling techniques preferably agent based modelling. Programming skills are a plus.

The research group Energy Economics offers the opportunity to conduct high-level research in an inspiring environment, the opportunity for exchange and collaboration with other research groups of the department, an extensive network of research partners in Switzerland and abroad, and the chance to participate in courses of the Graduate School of Business and Economics at the University of Basel.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a Master's degree in economics, sociology, mathematics, sustainable development or related disciplines, be fluent in English, and be interested in pursuing an academic career. They should be willing to collaborate with members of the research team in ongoing projects and able to build up their own research portfolio, developing and following own research ideas. As our research team consists of researchers with diverse scientific background, an interest in interdisciplinary work is important.

We offer you

The position is funded for 4 years with an initial contract for 1 year. At the end of the first year, an assessment based on performance and a detailed research proposal for the PhD is made. In case of a positive assessment the contract is expanded to 4 years. Conditions of employment and salary are governed by the personnel and salary regulations of the University of Basel. The faculty of business and economics is committed to increasing the proportion of women and thus strongly welcomes female applicants.

Application / Contact

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests, and a transcript (MSc and BA) should be submitted via online-tool until March 29, 2024. We expect to conduct job interviews mid to late April 2024.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Hannes Weigt ( or Dr. Jan Abrell (

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