Postdoctoral Researcher In Sociology With Focus On Environmental Expertise

Country: Sweden;

City: Örebro

Vacancy added: 25.01.2019


Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

Resumes due: 15.03.2019


The School of Humanities, Educational and Social Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in sociology for a fixed-term appointment.

The sociology department offers courses and study programmes at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. In addition to freestanding courses, the department is also responsible for the Personnel Work Programme, as well as for the Social Analysis Programmes at the Bachelor’s and one-year Master’s levels. Research is organised into two main areas: Work, Family, and Intimate Relations, as well as Environmental Sociology.

Subject area

The subject area of the position is sociology with a focus on international environmental governance. The work will form part of a research project on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary challenges for the intergovernmental expert organization IPBES, which synthesizes and assesses knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services. The project is part of the research conducted by the Environmental sociology group. For further information about this group, please visit its website.

Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop primarily their research/artistic skills.

The main responsibilities consist of conducting research on how environmental expertise develops useful knowledge for global environmental problems. More specifically, it means working within the framework of an ongoing project to collect and analyze empirical material (in the form of interviews and documents) on how a specific expert organization, IPBES, works with interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and communicative challenges in synthesizing a complex knowledge field and packaging it in a way that makes it both scientifically credible and politically relevant.


Eligible for the appointment as postdoctoral researcher are applicants holding a doctoral degree in sociology or in related subject areas. The doctoral degree should have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that may however also be considered if special grounds exist (leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical duties, an elected position in a trade union, or other similar circumstances).

Assessment criteria

General assessment criteria include good interpersonal skills and an ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to perform the duties well. Particular importance shall be attached to the qualities enabling the candidate to contribute to the future development of both research and education. A demonstrated ability and desire to pursue an academic career is also of importance.

Applicants must have a PhD in sociology or other discipline relevant for the project. Since interviews will be conducted in English, high proficiency in English is a requirement. Special emphasis will be put on documented experience of interview studies as well as document studies and publishing internationally. Knowledge of the research area is merit as are experience of working in research projects. Great importance is also attached to personal qualities such as collaborative skills and independence.


The position is a position for a fixed term of two years. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information, please contact professor Rolf Lidskog +46-19-30 32 72, e-mail:, or head of unit Kerstin Lekare, +46-19-30 35 43, e-mail:


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • A covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • An account of research/artistic qualifications
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10) (Not only publication list.)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 15 March 2019.  We look forward to receiving your application!

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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.

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