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Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 13th, 2018
Next review date: November 17th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


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 Environmental 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 environmental economics. Appropriate areas of focus include, but are not limited to: environmental regulation, non-market valuation, environmental policy, environmental justice, water quality, air quality, climate change, ecosystem service provision, and environment and human capital. The successful candidate will coordinate with existing departmental colleagues who have expertise in one or more of these areas, agricultural economics, development economics, econometrics and/or resource economics.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in environmental 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 environmental 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 environmental economics (e.g., ARE 176 Environmental Economics, ARE 275 Economic Analysis of Resource and Environmental Policies, and ARE 276A-B Environmental Economics) and core courses for the undergraduate or graduate programs (e.g. 100A-B Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, ARE 106 Econometric Theory and Applications, ARE 155 Operations Research and Management Science, ARE 204A-B Microeconomic Analysis or ARE 202A-B-C Applied Microeconomics, 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, 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.

Evidence for meeting these criteria includes but is not limited to: experience, candidate application and statements, letters of recommendation, and interview (if invited).

Basic Qualification:
• At time of hire a Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, agricultural economics, or a closely related discipline, including thorough training in econometrics and economic theory

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated expertise and research interest in environmental economics
• 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 to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through extension education, research, and/or service would be a plus.
o Statements of Contributions to Diversity will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness of, contributions toward, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion
• Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to work with peers in the department, on campus, and in Cooperative Extension to meet the land grant mission 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 17, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three research papers or publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, and future research plans relevant to environmental economics, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 7) three letters of reference. Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor Aaron Smith (, 530 752 2138).

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

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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

  • Up to three Research Papers or Publications; Pub #1

  • Pub #2 (Optional)

  • Pub #3 (Optional)

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

  • Statement of research accomplishments, and future research plans relevant to environmental economics

  • Statement of Teaching accomplishments and philosophy

  • 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.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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