Postdoc in Sustainability Transitions

Updated: 17 days ago
Deadline: 09 Sep 2022

The Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a two-year postdoc position in Sustainability Transitions. Within the Department of Food and Resource Economics, the postdoc position will be placed in the Section for Production, Markets and Policy.

The position is funded through the project Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways (see https://steps-mistra.se/ ). This project is run in collaboration with researchers from Lund University, RISE and IVL. In addition, stakeholders associated to the programme represent the entire value chain, from raw material suppliers to waste handling and recycle companies. The overall aim of STEPS is to play a key role in instigating and accelerating the transition towards sustainable plastics by strengthening the knowledge and research base for technology- and product development and innovation, developing and assessing key niche products with industrial partners, and analysing the sustainability, institutional and policy implications of potential transition pathways.

The position is part of work package 3 in the project, which is concerned with the systemic aspects of innovative plastic technologies. Specifically, the candidate will work on questions in relation to policy and governance, including the multi-scalar governance of plastics and policy mixes in the field of plastics.

In addition to this specific project, the postdoc’s duties will include teaching as well as participation in other related projects. The position may also include performance of other duties (e.g. public sector service and supervision of BSc and MSc students).

The successful candidate should have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field e.g. geography, innovation studies or sustainability transitions
  • Strong qualitative analytical skills
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and an open mindset towards this
  • Good communication skills, both for scientific communication and broader
  • Preferably, experience of relevance to the topic, e.g., on multi-level governance, policy mixes, transition processes towards sustainable plastics.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/ . Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Teis Hansen (email: teis.hansen@ifro.ku.dk ).

The position is open from January 1st, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 9 September 2022 23:59 GMT+2

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process athttps://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews will be held during October 2022.


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