Information about the division and the research

What constitutes a sustainable consumption pattern and how can it be achieved? The interdisciplinary research group on sustainable consumption puts specific emphasis on consumption areas with large greenhouse gas emission (GHG) such as air travel and food habits, but the research also covers aspects related to the overall volume and composition of household expenditures. Current research projects include both analyses of the effects of consumption and analyses of various policy instruments.

The research group is part of the division of Physical Resource Theory which carries out research and education on potential solutions to our major environmental challenges, e.g. global warming and sustainable use of land and other resources. At the division we focus on research in the field of technical and socio-economic systems addressing the challenges involved in the transition into a sustainable and low carbon society for a growing population, where a range of different quantitative and qualitative methods can be applied on our research topics. The ambition is to build challenge-driven scientific excellence by crossing traditional boundaries and increase the level of multi-disciplinarity in research. The division has around 50 staff members, faculty and PhD-students with diverse expertise, including engineers, natural and social scientists. We also offer courses in areas related to our research.

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Major responsibilities
The researcher will develop the consumption research at the division with a focus on analyses of broader consumption patterns and their effects as well as analyses of policy instruments for sustainable consumption. Establishing and maintaining collaborations both within and outside of academia is an important task in this respect.

Specific responsibilities include the supervision of PhD students and writing of research applications. The position will be financed by “soft money” and an important part of the responsibility is to secure external funding for salary and expenses.

Position summary
Full-time permanent employment.

PhD in a relevant discipline and additional academic qualifications equivalent to an Associate professor or an Assistant professor with several years of research experience.

Applicants should have demonstrated ability to:
- formulate and select research problems independently, to plan and carry out research and to supervise doctoral students or other junior researchers.
- perform interdisciplinary research, preferably using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
- collaborate with partners outside of academia.
- achieve outreach beyond academia.
- secure funding to support own research.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190599 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• CV
• Complete list of publications (divided into peer reviewed/non peer reviewed journal articles,conference contributions, etc).
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum of ten publications). It is a good idea to attach the files as a PDF or compress them into a Zip file. − Copies of a maximum of ten other publications that substantiate your other qualifications (for example, educational publications and popular science articles).

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 5 December, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Fredrik Hedenus Associate Professor, Head of Division, Physical Resource Theory
Phone: +46 31 7723453

Jonas Nässén, Associate Professor, Physical Resource Theory
Phone: +46 31 7723268

About the department
The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consist of about 250 employees.

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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 eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 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!