Lunds universitet

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 for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an international and interdisciplinary centre of excellence at Lund University. We advance knowledge on how to catalyse the transition to low-carbon and resource efficient economies across different levels of governance and management. We conduct research across the themes of international and national policy intervention, urban governance and experimentation, business management and practice, and consumption governance.


Subject description

The post-doctoral candidate will work in the area of behavioural economics as applied to energy use and climate change mitigation. The post-doctoral candidate will contribute to develop knowledge on, and methods for the modelling of, people's economic behaviour in response to (ambitious) climate and energy policies aiming for the transition to sustainable energy system.


Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion 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.


The work will be carried out in the context of the ‘Behavioural economics for energy and climate change policies and the transition to a sustainable energy system’ (BEECCS) project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. The post-doctoral fellow is expected to conduct high-quality research, publish in high-impact international scientific journals, provide policy-relevant recommendations, and organise and participate in events for the BEECCS project.


The candidate is expected to carry out randomised control trials and field experiments in cooperation with industry (e.g. energy companies) and wider society. Whereas attention will be given to the Swedish context and the Nordic region, further geographical and market research frameworks will be investigated. The research is to be performed in close connection with USYS TdLab (ETH, Zurich), partner in the BEECCS project and the project advisory board.


The candidate is expected to teach in Masters programmes run by the IIIEE in English. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to supervise doctoral students.


The main duties involved in the post-doctoral position are to conduct policy-relevant research, publish scientific articles, develop policy briefs, and disseminate research outcomes. The post doc is also expected to get involved in research funding proposals. Administration related to the work duties listed above also needs to be carried out.



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.


Additional assessment criteria:

  • Proven knowledge in econometrics and statistics, including statistical software (e.g. SPSS, SAS, Stata, R)
  • Proven knowledge in randomised control trials and/or field experiments
  • Capacity to publish in high-ranking academic journals in economics and other social and environmental sciences
  • Experience with behavioural economics as applied to energy and climate change
  • Understanding of energy challenges (supply and demand side) in the context of climate change and rapid decarbonisation, including knowledge on behavioural anomalies that prevent the adoption of low-carbon technologies and sustainable energy use
  • Ability to develop own research networks
  • Interest in Big Data analysis
  • Strong research focus and capacity to independently conduct high quality research and successfully finalise scientific projects
  • Proven teaching and pedagogical skills, including supervision of Master students
  • Good cross-cultural communication skills and experience of international cooperation
  • Being able and interested to co-operate in a multidisciplinary research group with societal stakeholders and knowledge institutes.
  • Experience with organising conferences and workshops
  • Swedish language skills are a plus


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 and submitted online. CV must also include contact information of three references. A research plan (max 3 pages) in line with the described research area must also be submitted.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2017-11-01
Salary månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2241
  • Lena Neij, 046-2220222
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 26.Jun.2017
Last application date 14.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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