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 sustainable business model innovation in relation to clean energy and the circular economy, and the role of intellectual property (IP) and IP rights (IPR) in sustainability transitions.

The work will be carried out for the project Intellectual Property Models to Accelerate Sustainability Transitions (IPACST), funded by the Belmont Forum programme “Transformations to Sustainability”. Transformations to sustainability rely on innovation with complex diffusion and adoption processes. The role of intellectual property (IP) and IP rights (IPR) in sustainability transitions remains insufficiently understood. The project will build an interdisciplinary research that furthers our understanding of dynamic sustainable development focusing on the intersection of IP(R) and sustainable business models. The postdoc will develop and promote conceptual and analytical tools, best-practice cases and guidelines, and training for key stakeholders such as policy makers, businesses and educational institutions.

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-doctoral candidate will develop cases of sustainable business models, develop conceptual and analytical tools and approaches and training kits in relation to the IPACST project.  The area of focus for the postdoc will be on sustainable business model innovation with a specific focus on circular economy and clean energy. Other consortia partners have complimentary expertise in IP (R). The candidate will collaborate with project partners to develop cases, tools and eventually training. The candidate is expected to teach in Masters programmes run by the IIIEE in English. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to supervise doctoral students. Finally, the candidate will be involved in administration.

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:

  • Research experience in the field of sustainable business model innovation
  • A strong research focus and capacity to independently conduct and successfully finalize research
  • Capacity to publish in established academic journals in the field of sustainability
  • Good cross-cultural communication skills and experience with international cooperation
  • Being able to cooperate in a multidisciplinary research group with a need to bridge different disciplines (sustainability, business models, innovation, Intellectual Property)
  • Experience with qualitative research methods (e.g. case studies, interviews, surveys)
  • Experience and/ or affinity with developing conceptual and analytical tools and/ or training kits for sustainability/ sustainable business model innovation

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 shall include the following documentation:

  • Research proposal / agenda (based on what is in the ad and beyond/ including own ideas)
  • Vision on how you can contribute to the IIIEE research agenda
  • Publications (full list)
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 20181101
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/2008
  • Nancy Bocken, +4646 222 02 49
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 07.Jun.2018
Last application date 30.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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