Lund University, Universitetets särskilda verksamheter, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an international and interdisciplinary centre within Lund University. We work at the nexus of economy, industry and the environment, as indicated by our name, and we believe that a profound industrial transformation is a precondition for a sustainable future. We also believe that a transformation towards sustainability will require strategically focused governance and management structures, policy instruments, business models, visions and scenarios. More information is available on the Institute's website

Subject description
The post-doctoral candidate will work in the area of sustainable urban governance with a focus on nature-based solutions and innovation.

Work duties
The work is to be performed in the context of the Naturvation project funded under Horizon 2020, which is of high relevance to societal actors, such as governments at various levels (i.e. city, regional and national), industry and civil society. The post-doctoral fellow is expected to conduct research, publish in high-impact, peer-reviewed leading international scientific journals, organise, coordinate and participate in events and workshops for the Naturvation project.

The research is to be performed in close connection to other research projects at the IIIEE, and other partners in the Naturvation project, e.g. the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS).

The candidate is expected to teach in Masters programmes run by the IIIEE and LUCSUS in English. The candidate will also contribute to the design and development of a Massive Open Online Course on nature-based solutions in cities.

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and Learning.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills (e.g experience of teaching and supervising Masters students).
  • PhD degree in sustainability-related topics closely linked to urban governance, innovation and/or management.
  • Familiarity with theories of governance, innovation, climate change adaptation and/or mitigation as well as social science research methods (both qualitative and quantitative).
  • Capacity to independently carry out and successfully finalise research. The candidate should have the ability to create their own research networks and to write and disseminate high quality academic papers.
  • Being able and interested to co-operate in a multidisciplinary research group with societal stakeholders and knowledge institutes.
  • Experience with organising conferences and workshops.
  • Work experience with various societal stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, industry, businesses and community groups) is a plus.
  • Swedish language skills are a plus.
  • Good cross-cultural communication skills and experience of international cooperation.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Full CV with contact information for three references, along with a statement of research interest (one page maximum) on nature-based solutions in cities, which highlights experience and knowledge of the applicant that is relevant for this call, should be included.

You can reach Kes McCormick, contact person for the position, by email until January 29 if you have any questions. From January 14 you can also reach him by phone.

+46 72 223 12 27

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment April 2017
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2016/3801
  • Kes McCormick, +46 72 223 12 27
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 20.Dec.2016
Last application date 03.Feb.2017 11:59 PM CET

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