Postdoctoral Researcher in Machine Learning, University of Barcelona, Spain

Postdoc in Spain

Postdoctoral Researcher in Machine Learning: The University of Barcelona is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher for a 2-year position, starting June–September 2024, to contribute to the Horizon Europe research project “Models, Assessment, and Policies for Sustainability (MAPS).” The researcher will focus on applying machine learning methods within ecological macroeconomic models to better model environmental and social outcomes. The project aims to assess different policy packages for achieving a sustainable economy, particularly exploring “post-growth” approaches beyond GDP. The successful candidate will be part of an international team based at the Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Machine Learning for Ecological Macroeconomic Models – University of Barcelona

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Machine Learning for Ecological Macroeconomic Models

Location: University of Barcelona, Spain


  • PhD in computer science, engineering, natural sciences, sustainability science, ecological economics, or a related field.
  • Track record of relevant research publications in internationally recognized journals.
  • Expertise in machine learning methods.
  • Strong programming skills in open-source languages (e.g., Python, C, Julia).
  • Interest in the environmental and social impacts of artificial intelligence.
  • Motivation and initiative to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Fluency in English.

Job Description:

  • Apply machine learning methods within an ecological macroeconomic model.
  • Join an international team developing a new model for assessing human well-being and environmental sustainability.
  • Explore broader questions related to the impact of AI on society.
  • Contribute to the assessment of policy packages for a sustainable economy.
  • Work in the Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona, under the primary supervision of Dr. Daniel O’Neill.

How to Apply:

  • Submit CV and a motivation letter (max 2 pages) to Dr. Daniel O’Neill at by March 20, 2024, 23:59 CET. Email subject: “Application for Postdoc in Modelling with Machine Learning.”
  • In the motivation letter, indicate how skills and experience match the essential/desirable specifications and discuss how machine learning can improve environmental and social indicators.
  • Two referees to submit reference letters to by March 20, 2024, 23:59 CET. Email subject: “Reference for YOUR NAME.”

Last Date for Apply: March 20, 2024, 23:59 CET

Start date of position: June–September 2024

Salary: €36,250 per year

Online interviews: Expected to be held 8–12 April.

The MAPS Project: The MAPS project, a 4-year Horizon Europe research project coordinated by the University of Barcelona, aims to achieve sustainability, equity, and human well-being. The successful candidate will join a top group of post-growth researchers, living and working in Barcelona, a dynamic city with a high quality of life. The University of Barcelona is regarded as the top university in Spain and one of the best in Europe. The project is committed to advancing the careers of junior women researchers and researchers from under-represented backgrounds.



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