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Call for Expressions of Interest to apply for a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship at BI Norwegian Business School, Centre for Applied Macroeconomics and Commodity Prices (CAMP)

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 27 February 2023

The Centre for Applied Macroeconomics and Commodity Prices (CAMP) at BI Norwegian Business School (BI) currently invites researchers outside of Norway to apply for a two-year EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF).

This highly regarded fellowship gives candidates the opportunity to pursue a two-year research project as part of the centre and under the supervision of an experienced professor within the field.

Eligible candidates must hold a PhD, have a maximum of 8 years of research experience from the time the PhD was awarded, and cannot have lived or worked in Norway for 12 months or more over the past three years.


About CAMP

CAMP is a research centre at the Department of Economics, BI, and is financed by the Research Council of Norway and Equinor’s research programme on energy economics. The centre brings together economists working on applied macroeconomic issues, with special emphasis on energy economics. Its objectives are to advance research and post-graduate training in relevant fields.

CAMP has a strong commitment to research. Faculty members and associates at CAMP regularly publish their research in highly ranked international journals and are often mentioned in both international and national media. The centre has a large international network and regularly invites leading international scholars to hold seminars and courses with special emphasis on energy economics and methodology.


Candidate qualifications

CAMP invites candidates with a strong quantitative background and interest in economics/finance, data science, and econometrics to apply for a two-year EU-funded MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF-2023). The candidate will use data science and quantitative methods to increase our understanding of macroeconomic developments from a predictive and/or causal perspective. We value creativity and good programming and communication skills. The candidate should be interested in doing research on applied macroeconomics, providing both methodological and economic contributions to the existing literature. Themes related to, e.g., energy markets, structural change, and economic policy are of particular relevance.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor and CAMP manager, Leif Anders Thorsrud. Thorsrud obtained his PhD at BI Norwegian Business School in 2014. His research has been published in top international journals, and his area of expertise includes time series analysis, high-dimensional statistics, business cycles, energy economics, and monetary and fiscal economics. His current research agenda centers on how text as data can be used to understand and predict economic fluctuations. Thorsrud has previously worked as a data scientist and Senior Researcher in Norges Bank and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.


Application procedure

With this call for Expressions of Interest, we invite candidates to submit an initial two-page outline of their proposed project and a CV to research@bi.no by 27 February 2023

The project outline should include a brief description of:

  • the purpose of the project, including the hypothesis or central research question that the project seeks to test/answer
  • why it is important to undertake this research, including how the project contributes to the state-of-the-art
  • what research methodology and approach will be used
  • the complementary between the candidate and supervisor, and why BI is an appropriate host institution

The Expressions of Interest will be evaluated internally at BI and candidates will be selected for full application development, including participating in the MSCA-PF Master Class hosted in April 2023. The selected candidates will develop their MSCA-PF applications in collaboration with their BI supervisor and with the support from the team for external financing at BI. The deadline for submitting the full MSCA-PF proposal is mid-September 2023.

For more information about the MSCA-PF funding scheme and the application process at BI, contact research@bi.no.


About BI

BI is an independent, not-for-profit foundation, whose sole purpose is teaching and research. BI is the main provider of research-based knowledge in the business and management disciplines in Norway. Since its founding in 1943, BI has focused on bridging the gap between academia and practice. The school’s strategy for 2025 is “Shaping people and business for an international, digital and sustainable future”. BI has approximately 20,000 students and 430 academic staff, including over 70 doctoral students. The research faculty is organized into nine separate departments, with research centres dedicated to business administration, marketing, finance, and general management. With accreditations from AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (The Association of MBAs), BI is a "Triple Crown" school. BI has extensive support for faculty, such as a highly professional and modern library and a Learning Resource Centre for research and teaching support. There are well-equipped research laboratories and a faculty club to facilitate the transfer and application of knowledge.