Postdoctoral fellows (3-5) with orientation toward environmental research in human science (humanities, law, social science)

The Faculties of Humanities, Law and Social Science constitute the Human Science Academic Area.

Project description

This call is part of Stockholm University’s strategic inter-disciplinary initiative in environmental research in human science, which comprises environmental humanities, law and social science. In a broad sense, this research aims to understand and explain the relationship between human beings, society, environment and nature from a range of theoretical, empirical and methodological traditions and perspectives. Environmental research in human science is an evolving inter-disciplinary field that examines what governs humans’ perceptions, values and behavior and ways of collective organization in relationship to the environment, nature, natural resources and sustainable development. The overarching aim of the strategic initiative is to deepen our understanding of the challenges and possibilities of global environmental change found across different scholarly fields and disciplines in humanities, social science and law. The University’s efforts to strengthen environmental research in human science are defined by trans-disciplinary exchanges of knowledge between different academic disciplines. The idea is that the postdoctoral fellows should collaborate across departments and faculties and also with societal actors. In this way the call can contribute by establishing new internal and external networks and platforms for environment and sustainability. The research issues in this call are not only related to local and national environmental issues but also international and global challenges. More information about the initiative can be found on the website (https://www.su.se/hvmf/).

Main responsibilities

The main responsibilities for the postdoctoral fellows is to conduct research within their areas of specialization and collaborate with researchers across faculties. The initiative aims at strengthening the multi-disciplinary research environment at Stockholm University. Hence, researchers with different theoretical, empirical and methodological perspectives will be given opportunities to focus on their own specific research area and are expected to contribute to strengthen the cross-faculty research environment. The initiative is led by the Steering Board for Environmental Research in Human Science, which consists of researchers from the faculties of humanities, social science and law. The postdoctoral fellows will, depending on disciplinary belonging, be employed and hosted by the different department at these faculties. 

The research should be related to environment and sustainability issues within humanities, law, social science or corresponding areas. For instance, it can revolve around the interrelated research fields below:

  • Environmental humanities 
  • Environmental politics
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental sociology
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Environmental history

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellows are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country in a field of study in humanities, law or social science or similar. The PhD degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for the application. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances (such as sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar).

Assessment criteria
The assessment is based on the applicants’ research merits as well as a research plan for the research ideas for environmental research in human science. In the plan, the researcher should demonstrate an ability for scientific excellence and address research problems, theories and methods of relevance for the environmental research in human science. The research plan should be independent and contain overarching theoretical questions, methodological approaches and possible empirical focus.

A central element in the initiative and the call is to establish a leading research environment and network for university-wide, cross-faculty research in human science. Therefore, it is important that the applicants have a capacity to collaborate. Additional merits include capacity to work in a cross-disciplinary team of researchers and to communicate research findings to wider audiences beyond academia. The candidates should demonstrate excellent skills in academic English in writing. 

Terms of employment
The positions involve full-time employment for a period of 12-24 months, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. The positions are for 100% with possibility for teaching or other departmental duties according to agreement with relevant department. Start date is a soon as possible during the fall of 2018.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact
Further information can be obtained from Astri Muren, professor and vice rector for Human Science Academic area, astri.muren [at] ne.su.se

 or from members of the Steering Board for Environmental Research in Human Science: Kerstin Lidén, professor at the Department for Archeology and Classical Studies, kerstin.liden [at] arklab.su.se

, Karin Bäckstrand, professor in environmental social science research at the Department of Political Science, karin.backstrand [at] statsvet.su.se

 and Jonas Ebbesson, professor in environmental law at the Department of Law, jonas.ebbesson [at] juridicum.su.se

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Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, saco [at] saco.su.se

, Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and seko [at] seko.su.se

 (SEKO).

Application
Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application:

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing: 
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement 
    • why and how you wish to complete the project 
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

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