I rarely give academic economist jobs much attention, having chosen a different career path. But one plum job did catch my eye recently. The European University Institute are looking for a Director for their Programme on Global Economics:
The Programme on ‘Global Economics’ will focus on the connected fields of the economic and financial trends of the global economy and the mechanisms of global economic governance. The programme should develop a research agenda departing from the consequences of economic globalisation and the changing global economic order. Among the many possible themes from which such agenda can emerge are international trade, global economic imbalances and crises, exchange rates and capital movements, the reform of the international economic and monetary system and the regulation of the financial system.
As for the job itself:
The Programme Director will be responsible for the overall conception and direction of the Programme, the co-ordination of activities across different projects, the reporting, dissemination, and training activities. The Director of the Programme will ensure the fulfillment of high scientific standards and the outstanding quality of all these activities.
...Preference will be given to candidates with the potential to establish links and generate synergies with other research strands at the Global Governance (see below). Initial financial support will be available to help the Programme Director to launch the Programme.
The EIU is based in San Domenico di Fiesole, in the foothills surrounding Florence (Firenze). A more pleasant location, or interesting role, is hard to imagine.
The deadline for applications is 3 June 2012. More details on their website here.