Information about the division and the research
At the Division of Physical Resource Theory, within the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, we focus our research on technical and socio-economic systems, addressing challenges associated with the transition to a sustainable and low-carbon society. The Division of Physical Resource Theory offers an interdisciplinary research environment that relies on a range of different scientific methods, from energy system modelling and agent-based modelling, to remote sensing, econometrics and surveys. Our aim is to advance challenge-driven scientific excellence by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries and by increasing the level of cross-collaboration in environmental research as well as with society at large.

The research in this project relates to Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions, with its focus to deepen the knowledge and understanding of a) change and transformation of large sociotechnical system and b) the intervention required to guide the systems in more sustainable directions.

We are currently studying the creation of a transformative climate strategy in the region of West Sweden and the realization of the ambitious transportation agenda in Gothenburg. In relation to this we are also doing research on method development for guiding such processes. Furthermore, we are studying the role of universities in transitions. Of special interest here is Challenge Lab, a unique student-centered transition arena, developed by the group. The research group has a long tradition of developing and applying a backcasting approach based on sustainability principles on different scales in this context. In this position we will also take advantage of our strong complex system research group. 

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found at

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

You will use your knowledge background to complement the research group's expertize in analyzing real-world transition processes and co-develop relevant methods for guiding such processes.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

You have a PhD degree in a relevant field, such as organizational studies or innovation studies. You have experience from conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research and are confident in qualitative research and interviewing. Futhermore you have experience in working in a project environment and a track record of international peer reviewed journal publications. You are able to work both independently as well as in a project team and you have good communicative skills for interacting with project partners and societal actors. You speak and write fluently in English. 

Good oral and written communication skills in Swedish is meritorious.

We accept applicants that finish their PhD degree in the Autumn of 2017 (with the date set at the interviews in August).

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170239 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, 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) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

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

Application deadline: 30 June 2017

For questions, please contact:
Professor John Holmberg, Physical Resource Theory,, +46-706457266
Head of Division Fredrik Hedenus, Physical Resource Theory,, +46-736487984

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


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