Postdoc position in Energy and the SDGs in LDCs - interdisciplinary approaches

Updated: 14 days ago
Deadline: 05 Dec 2024

There are many important links between the different sustainable development goal (SDGs), both synergies and trade-offs. This is the starting point for this new postdoc position. In a number of completed and ongoing studies in the research group at Chalmers, we have focused on SDG7, electricity access and clean cooking for all, but less on the links with the other SDGs. Thus, this new postdoc should add to the current activities and broaden the scope.

The topic is broadly defined but should focus on how SDG7 links to the other (one or several) SDGs. The topic could also address how fulfillment of SDG7 relates to adaptation to climate impacts and risks. Further, the research should be based on the context in one or several least developed countries (LDCs). The research should be inter-disciplinary and be based on a systems perspective. The research approach should include a combination of quantitative and qualitative research and possibly also action research methods. Creativity and open-mindedness are expected in carrying out the research and realizing the objectives, especially given the context of hard to come-by data.

Information about the division and the department
At the Division of Energy Technology , we conduct research and offer education in energy technology and energy systems. Our work is characterised by the combination of systems-level projects with research on energy transformation and transition processes, and our participation in a great number of national and international research projects. The division is highly international with staff of many nationalities.

The research of the Energy System Group focuses on energy transitions, sustainable energy systems, and energy systems technology with a particular emphasis on modelling analysis of transitions of the power, heat and transport sectors and on sectoral interactions.

Major responsibilities
As a postdoc your are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. You are also expected to contribute to the project and take active part and in building and maintaining collaborative links with relevant members of the department, research project members and stakeholders. Teaching may constitute a small share of the position. The time period for the position is two years with a possible one-year extension.

PhD in energy systems, rural electrification, clean cooking, minigrid systems assessment/modelling etc.

Experience/knowledge of:
• energy systems assessment and modelling, local energy systems, rural electrification, and clean cooking
• spatial and social aspects of energy, sectoral linkages, synergies, trade-offs and conflicts between different sustainable development goals, and mitigation and adaption linkages
• inter- and transdisciplinary research, mixed methods approaches, and stakeholder interviews.
• Strong interest in inter-disciplinary research. 

Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). Exceptions from the 3-year limit can be made for longer periods resulting from parental leave, sick leave or military service*.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

* The date shown in your doctoral degree certificate is the date we use, as this is the date you have met all requirements for the doctoral degree.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years with a possible one-year extension.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg .
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with 20240200 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-2 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
• Present your research ideas in a short document (not more than 1500 words including key references).

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: 2024-05-12

For questions, please contact:
Professor Erik Ahlgren, Energy Technology,
[email protected], 031-7725247

Prof Simon Harvey, Energy Technology,
[email protected], 031-7728531

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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