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Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics

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The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics with a preferred emphasis in natural resource economics. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position that includes the expectation of mission-oriented research and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is seeking applicants that focus on natural resource economics. Appropriate areas of focus include but are not limited to water or marine resources, land use, climate, or energy. The successful candidate will coordinate with existing departmental colleagues who have expertise in one or more of these areas.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in natural resource economics to address critical or emerging societal issues in the economics of agriculture, the environment, natural resources, and international economic development. The appointee will be responsible for teaching at undergraduate, MS., and Ph.D. levels. At the graduate level, the successful candidate will be expected to teach M.S. and Ph.D. courses related to natural resource economics. Teaching responsibilities will be set at the departmental average of two to three quarter-length courses, taking rank into account, and will be set by the department chair based upon departmental needs and the successful candidate’s interests/expertise. Potential courses include undergraduate and graduate courses in Natural Resource Economics (e.g., ARE 175, ARE 275, ARE 277) and graduate courses in dynamic methods (e.g., ARE 254) among others. Other responsibilities include student advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, and partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders.

This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in economics, agricultural economics, or a closely related discipline, including thorough training in economic theory, econometrics and dynamic methods. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in natural resource economics.

• Basic Qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, agricultural economics, or a closely related discipline, including thorough training in economic theory, econometrics and dynamic methods
• Demonstrated expertise and research interest in natural resource economics
• Demonstrated expertise in analytical and numerical methods of dynamic analysis
• Demonstrated or potential ability to develop a distinguished research program that results in publications in high-quality refereed journals
• Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences
• Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to advise undergraduates in the Managerial Economics major
• Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students in the Agricultural and Resource Economics graduate program.
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity.
• Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to work with peers in the department, on campus, and in Cooperative Extension to meet the missions of the University and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by November 27, 2017.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to natural resource economics, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) three letters of reference. Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor Travis Lybbert, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair (

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Job location

Davis, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including Publication List

  • Transcript - if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching accomplishments and philosophy

  • Statement of future research plans relevant to natural resource economics

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • 3 Publications; Pub#1 (Optional)

  • Pub #2 (Optional)

  • Pub #3 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required