Postdoc in Human Geography specialised in energy transitions

Lund University
October 06 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Job assignments

The position (100 %) involves research (minimum 80%) and teaching at all levels (max 20%).

This position is primarily connected to the research project Co2mmunity: Co-producing and co-financing renewable community energy projects financed by INTERREG-BSR (Baltic Sea Region) - see for a brief description.

This project is run in collaboration with partners from across the Baltic Sea Region, including multiple practitioner organisations in relation to community energy. The project is led by Kiel University.

The overall objective of the project is to foster renewable energy deployment in the Baltic Sea Region through improving renewable energy acceptance and development conditions via community energy models. Core to achieving this is the establishment of renewable energy cooperative partnerships (RENCOPs) in the partner regions, which initiate and support community energy projects.

The postdoc to be hired is expected to contribute to the Co2mmunity project in two main aspects: Firstly, to carry out research on the process of initiating and developing RENCOPs under the Co2mmunity project. Secondly, to carry out a scientific review of existing knowledge on community energy drivers and barriers. However, within this scope, the postdoc will have extensive freedom to decide on research issues, develop theoretical ideas and choose research methods. The postdoc is also expected to contribute to other eventual tasks in relation to the project.

Qualifications and assessment

To be appointed as a postdoc requires a PhD in a field of relevance to the position, i.e. human geography, other relevant social science disciplines or interdisciplinary research. Candidates are expected to have research experience in at least one of the following fields: human geography; sustainability transitions; social science studies of energy; or innovation studies. Furthermore, candidates are expected to have extensive qualitative research experience.

The basis for assessment is the ability to develop and conduct high quality research, as well as teaching skills. Research expertise is primarily considered. The applicants must be able to demonstrate documented research expertise through the quality of their doctoral thesis and/or other publications.

The applications are assessed with regard to the following criteria:

the relevance and strength of the research plan, and its relevance for the project described abovethe quality of previous research output, and its links to the topic of the postdocother qualifications proving the applicant's research skillsteaching expertise within subjects of relevance to the Department of Human GeographyFluent English (written and spoken) is a requirement.


Applications must be written in English and include:

1. CV

2. Copies of grades and examination certificates

3. List of publications

4. Up to 3 representative publications (e.g. PhD thesis and academic papers)

5. Research plan (maximum 5 pages), showing what research the applicant intends to pursue, and how it relates to the project described above. 

6. Two letters from academic references

7. Account of other experience and competences of relevance to the position (not covered elsewhere in the application), e.g. policy work.

Applicants are expected to indicate in the application when - if offered the position - they would be able to start.

Terms of employment

This is a 2 year temporary employment according to the Agreement on fixed-term postdoctoral position (Swedish Agency for Government Employers).

Terms A postdoc fellowship is a career development position specialising in research, and is to be an initial step in the applicant's career. Please note that a person who has previously been employed as a postdoc at Lund University for more than a year cannot be employed as a postdoc again within the same or similar subject at the University. 

The postdoc to be hired is expected to live in or relocate to the region.

The University applies individually set salaries. Please state the salary requested in your application.


- Teis Hansen, bitr. universitetslektor , 046- 222 38 92,

- Karl-Johan Lundquist, Prefekt , 046-222 84 13,

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