Faculty of Engineering, Department of Technology and Society

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

The Faculty of Engineering/LTH announces a post-doctoral position for research with a focus on interdisciplinary studies of low carbon transitions in the basic materials industry, changes in value chains and development of methods for evaluating transitions.

The position is placed at the Department of Technology and Society, the Division for Environmental and Energy Systems Studies (IMES), LTH. IMES is an interdisciplinary division with research and education in the closely interlinked spheres of energy, environment, technology, economy, security, and sustainable development.

The position is funded through the EU H2020 project ”Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation” (REINVENT). The research will be carried out in close cooperation with other researchers at Lund University, Durham University, Utrecht University, Wuppertal Institute och PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency).

In REINVENT we analyse low carbon transitions in four key sectors (steel, plastics, paper and food) bottom-up and from within to better understand the dynamics and inertia, and potentials and capabilities for change. See also www.reinvent-project.eu.


Environmental and Energy Systems Studies on low-carbon transition in the basic industries

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 post-doc will contribute to several work packages in REINVENT, including:

  • Case studies of two to three initiatives or innovations for decarbonisation in the steel, plastics or paper industries.
  • Develop a new approach for how long term processes and strategies for low-carbon transitions can be evaluated.
  • Contribute to analyses of how transition can be up-scaled and accelerated.
  • Contribute to the research synthesis by participating in writing a book on transition in industry.
  • Support management of the project as Project Coordinator Assistant.

As a post-doc you will work closely with the Project Coordinator (Lars J. Nilsson) and collaborate with researchers from Lund University (Political Science, Human Geography, and CIRCLE), as well as the international partners in the project. It also involves engagement with stakeholders from industry and society at large.

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.
  • Relevant research background and experience for the research and work duties in the project.
  • A background in engineering or interdisciplinary research is desirable.

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.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to understand and assimilate different research perspectives.
  • Experience from inter- and/or multidisciplinary research on transitions.
  • Good ability to collaborate in projects across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Ability to engage with industry and society at large.

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 include:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. CV.
  3. A copy of your MSc and PhD certificates and list of courses.
  4. List of publications.
  5. Up to 3 representative publications.
  6. A plan or reflection (about 1 page) that shows how the applicant looks on the planned research (see project webpage for Work Plan and other documents).
  7. Two letters of recommendation (academic).
  8. Certification of other relevant experiences and competences, e.g., policy experience.

Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1118
  • Lars J. Nilsson, professor, 046-2224683
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 09.Apr.2018
Last application date 30.Apr.2018 11:59 PM CET

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