Professor in Environmental Social Science

Country: Sweden;

City: Gothenburg

Vacancy added: 01.12.2015

Employer: University of Gothenburg

Vacancy type: PhD position; PostDoc vacancy;

For whom: For researchers;

 

Type of employment: Permanent post
Extent: 100 %
Location: School of Global Studies, Gothenburg
First day of employment: By agreement
Reference number: PER 2015/401

The School of Global Studies (SGS) at the University of Gothenburg is an interdisciplinary department, with doctoral programs in environmental social science, social anthropology, and peace and development studies. The doctoral program in environmental social science is a joint social science faculty program, hosted by SGS. Environmental social science is also an important feature in undergraduate programs and courses at the School.

Subject area

Environmental Social Science

Specific subject description

Environmental social science at SGS is an interdisciplinary social science subject, which is organized as a cross-faculty program at the Social Science Faculty. Substantively research in ESS analyses causes, effects, and solutions in relation to environmental degradation and unsustainable natural resource use. This includes describing and explaining the social causes of environmental and sustainability challenges, identifying and assessing the social effects of environmental problems, and analyzing potential solutions aimed at improving environmental conditions. The research field is thus developed at the interface between social and behavioral disciplines.

The focus of ESS is to develop an understanding of how various social scientific disciplines can be combined to grasp the complexity of current environmental problems, both theoretically and methodologically. The theoretical and methodological tools that are available in the social sciences are seen as central for the analysis and theorization of the environment- and society nexus. Given the complexity of the topic, ESS can also include relevant insights from the humanities and ecological sciences, methodological skills such as the ability to relate social and natural science research results in an integrated way, and the combination of scientific and non-scientific expertise in applied and transdisciplinary approaches.

Job assignments

The duties of the professor include the overall responsibility for leading and organizing research as well as for the continual development of the subject. Important duties also include leading, developing and organizing the doctoral program in environmental social science, both as a cross-faculty social doctoral program but also as one out of three doctoral programs situated at SGS. The duties also include supervision of doctoral students. The professor is also expected to actively apply for external research funding, as well as lead and participate in research projects. Supervision on the undergraduate and master level can also be part of the allocated tasks. The duties of professor also include contributing to the department through participation in different research and doctoral education committees and bodies. Administrative and leadership tasks at the institutional as well as higher levels at the university can also arise within the position.

Eligibility

The qualification requirements and the evaluation criteria for the appointment are as specified in Chapter Four of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance. Candidates are expected to have an internationally outstanding academic record including leadership, research, teaching and directing collaborative research programs. Applications must be supported with formal documentation of these merits. We are particularly looking for applicants with an interdisciplinary research- and publication profile firmly grounded in social science theory and methodology. Thus, documented expertise in one or more applicable interdisciplinary ESS research areas is a prerequisite for the position. Experience from interdisciplinary doctoral research education will be seen as a merit. Emphasis will also be placed on leadership experience. Candidates should have good administrative skills, a strong capacity for communication, cooperation and management of processes as well as the additional abilities required to successfully perform the task of professor. The ability to collaborate with the surrounding society will also be considered.
While prior Swedish language skills is not a prerequisite, the successful applicant is expected to be in sufficient control of the Swedish language to be able to perform administrative and pedagogical tasks and external cooperation in Swedish after three years of employment.

Assessment

Primary emphasis in the review process will be placed on the quality of the candidate’s publications, the ability to attract external research funds, and experience in developing and leading research groups. Applicants should have broad academic skills that are not only focused on a single area of expertise. The evaluation criteria are spelled out in the University of Gothenburg’s employment regulations

http://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/digitalAssets/1438/1438712_gu_anst_sordning-beslutad_from2013-03-01.pdf

and in the Faculty of Social Sciences rules

http://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/digitalAssets/1471/1471898_samh–llsvetenskapliga-fakultetens-till–mpning-av-gus-anst–llningsordning–beslutad-2013-12-12.pdf

Pedagogical skills will be assessed through experiences of teaching at all academic levels as well as supervision and examination. The ability to supervise graduate students to a completed PhD is a particularly important criterion.
Interviews and lectures can be included in the recruitment process.

Additional information

The application must include the following documents (see also the User Manual for the Portal, under Job opportunities for more information about how to apply for this position):

  • A list of the scientific and educational works referred to are presented under Submitted publications, tab 8.1. The applicant should specify a maximum of 10 publications or other submitted works.
  • A brief summary of scientific, educational and administrative activities is reported under the heading Scientific CV under tab 8.1, Pedagogical portfolio under tab 8.2, and Leadership under tab 8.3. Documentation of the scientific merit may include information on research funds, if the applicant was the main or co-applicant, as well as their size. Documentation of pedagogical merits can include certificates, course evaluations and qualitative reviews by Directors of Studies or the equivalent. Qualifications should be supported by certified copies of diplomas, certificates and other documents cited in PDF format under the 9th tab.

The description shall indicate the studies and results, and other activities that, according to the applicant wish to be considered in the appointment. The starting point for the presentation of scientific and educational activities will be the University’s general employment regulations and the faculty implementing arrangements for the employment of teachers (see link above). Personal circumstances (such as parental leave) that may be relevant to the assessment of qualifications an also be included here.

  • A brief statement of the candidate’s future research plans and what the applicant intends to do to develop the research at the department are presented under Scientific activities, tab 8.1.
  • A concise statement of the applicant’s experience of cooperation with the surrounding society is presented under the heading Collaboration outside the university, tab 8.4.
  • The scientific publications (maximum 10) which are submitted shall be numbered according to the publication list (these cannot be sent by e-mail). These must be uploaded in full text as an attachment in PDF format under tab 9.0.

The recruitment group can use interviews, lectures and references.

Applications should be written in English so that international experts can be hired.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the announcement and that it be sent electronically no later than the application deadline.

To staffing and recruitment companies, and to salesman, the School of Global Studies declines kindly but firmly, any direct contact with staffing and recruitment companies.

For further information please contact

Merritt Polk, Head of Department
+46 (0) 31 786 4942
merritt.polk@globalstudies.gu.se

Isabell Schierenbeck, Deputy Head
+46 (0) 31 786 5947
isabell.schierenbeck@globalstudies.gu.se

 

 
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