Postdoctoral researcher on social sustainability of urban transformations in the global south

Країна: Фінляндія;

Місто: Helsinki

Додана: 19.01.2019

Роботодавець: University of Helsinki

Тип: PostDoc vacancy;

Дедлайн подачі: 10.02.2019

 

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and international Master’s programmes, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The Faculty has a research and teaching staff of approximately 350, and each year it awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information, please see the Faculty website at www.helsinki.fi/socialsciences/.

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER ON SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

for a three-year, full-time, fixed-term period from 1 April 2019 onwards (or starting point as agreed).

The successful applicant will join a research team in formation on the political economy of cities, natural resources, and development, led by Associate Professor Franklin Obeng-Odoom. The position will be located at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and closely associated with Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), https://www.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-sustainability-science.

The research, teaching, and service of the post-doctoral researcher are expected to support, and to enrich, the vision for the Professorship of Social Sustainability of Urban Transformations in the Global South. As this vision entails a dialectical engagement with mainstream economics, namely urban, development, and environmental economics, as well as general critical social science research in these fields, the postdoctoral researcher must be directly engaging these mainstream fields in terms of scale, voice, and paradigm. The successful researcher will be working on cities in the Global South, among others, by engaging marginalized voices, and seeking to develop political economic alternatives such as institutional, Georgist, ecological and feminist economics. The specific analytical framework is open in this regard, but the research of the successful candidate must demonstrate an engagement with urban social sustainability and its interdependence on economic and ecological sustainabilities. With the Professorship of Social Sustainability of Urban Transformations in the Global South seeking not only to understand, but also to change cities in the Global South and their dialectical relations with the Global North, the postdoctoral researcher must be interested in theories, empirics, and praxes.

An appointee to the position must hold a social sciences doctoral degree in fields such as political economy, development studies, sociology, geography, economics, and urban studies. S/he should have the capacity to pursue independent, world-class discipline-based, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary scientific research. Skills in specific empirical methods (such as ethnographic, archival, institutional, and bibliometic) would be an advantage. A demonstrable knowledge of the debates in development studies would be preferred, as would serious interest in debates about Asian, Pacific, or South American cities, but they are not essential. The research focus of the researcher must be on the Global South and its dialectical relationship with the Global North, but the specific geographical starting point of the researcher is open.

In addition to pursuing her/his own research, the researcher will collaborate with Associate Professor Obeng-Odoom in various ways, including developing the Study Group on Urban Political Economy, ensuring that the Edinburgh Studies in Urban Political Economy flourishes as a mouth piece of the study group, co-supervising students, co-authoring publications, and writing grant applications in social sustainability of urban transformations in the Global South. Applicants are invited from any country. Knowledge of Finnish society or Finnish language is not necessary. Proven teamwork skills and engagement with other fields, disciplines, and non-discipline specific ideas are advantages, as is developing a strong emerging track record in international peer-reviewed publications in political economy, development studies, or urban studies journals. Candidates are expected to possess excellent academic writing and communication skills in English.

The successful applicant should possess appropriate teaching skills in development studies, sustainability, urban studies, or political economy. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload). The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki, and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the discipline of Development Studies, HELSUS, and the wider scientific community across and beyond the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation.

The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, occupational healthcare will be provided. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae, clearly indicating type and level of qualifications
2) A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold her or his three key publications to be considered during the review.
3) A statement (max 1 page) outlining how the applicant’s expertise could productively contribute to the social sustainability of urban transformations in the Global South.
4) A summary (max. 2 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activities including: original research at an international level, international academic networks, local forms of collaboration, disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities, success in obtaining research funding, and other relevant details

Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications and the documentation of teaching merits can be found in the following web address: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-social-sciences/faculty/applying-f...

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal, saphr.it.helsinki.fi.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Associate Professor Franklin Obeng-Odoom, franklin.obeng-odoom(at)helsinki.fi.

Should you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment@helsinki.fi.

 
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