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The post-doc position will be part of a new research project on climate governance in a post-Paris context. The project will study the role of non-state actors and initiatives in transforming Sweden into a fossil-free welfare state. It is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas) 2018-2020. The project seeks to advance the research frontier and provide policy-relevant knowledge in the post-Paris policy landscape by examining the interplay between the Swedish state and domestic and transnational climate initiatives in the political quest for decarbonization. IVM’s part of the project is led by dr. Oscar Widerberg, Assistant Professor in the EPA department. The overall project is led by Professor Karin Bäckstrand from Stockholm University and includes partners from Linköping University, both in Sweden. For more information: http://www.statsvet.su.se/english/research/environmental-politics-policy-and-learning/projects/climate-action-in-the-post-paris-context-1.357552.
The post-doc will be expected to identify promising research questions within the scope of the project, and carry out independent and high-quality research contributing the successful implementation, including, but not limited to: data-collection, data-analysis and academic publications.
The applicant should have a PhD degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, Policy Sciences or a related field. We also expect a proven interest in climate/energy/environmental governance. The successful candidate should have some familiarity with quantitative methods, preferably network analysis, as well as qualitative data-collection techniques such as interviews and surveys. The candidate must have demonstrated excellent skills in academic written English. Some Swedish language skills would be preferable but are not essential. Additional merits include capacity to work in a cross-disciplinary team of researchers and to communicate research findings to wider audiences beyond academia. The candidate should expect regular travels to Sweden and possibly other destinations in Europe and beyond.
The appointment will be for a period of 2 year. Information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment can be found at www.workingatvu.nl and include, for example:
• Remuneration of 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• Solid pension scheme (ABP);
• A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.
We offer a competitive salary package in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, in the position of post-doc in salary scale 10, ranging between € 2640 and € 3545 per month (depending on experience), for a full-time employment
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It comprises ten faculties and has teaching facilities for 23,000 students.
Established in 1971, IVM is a leading environmental research institute that is internationally recognized for its high quality research output in a range of environmental disciplines, as well as for its interdisciplinary work. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainable development and care for the environment through scientific research and teaching. IVM aims to do excellent problem-oriented research that is useful to a wide range of stakeholders in the Netherlands and internationally. A unique strength of our research is to understand sustainability problems in their social and economic context. IVM’s research community works within four departments: Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy Analysis; Environmental Geography; and Water and Climate Risk. IVM is part of the Faculty of Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam. In the Environmental Policy Analysis department, 25 researchers (faculty, postdocs, PhDs and junior researchers) organize their work around three themes: governance complexity, institutional change, and policy evaluation.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV, Amsterdam
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