Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Thematic Studies was the first in Sweden to offer an academic setting for thematically organised, interdisciplinary, socially relevant research. We combine strong research with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses, often in collaboration with actors outside the university. Our point of departure is a critical, reflective approach, and we seek to develop new ways of understanding established social phenomena, in order to benefit both scientific and social development.

Hereby advertises a position as

Postdoc in Child studies with focus on children and young people as actors in climate politics
formally based at the department of Thematic Studies

The position as post-doctor is focused on research on children and young people's agency in climate politics. As a postdoc you will conduct research in two parallel projects. The Mistra and Formas funded project "Growing up in a Warming World: The Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics of Youth Activism for Climate Justice" (part of the research program Seedbox) examines how young climate activists narrate and act upon a climate changed world. The project is based on ethnographic studies of street protests by the Fridays for Future movement and discursive analyses of social media campaigns. The project "Youth Representation in Global Politics: Climate, Migration and Health Governance Compared" funded by Riksbanken Jubileumsfond compares how children and youth are represented in global climate institutions and what the effects of such representations are in three prominent areas; climate, migration and health. The project combines text analysis of international policy documents and negotiation texts with qualitative interviews and participatory observations in connection with international climate negotiations.

The post-doctor will contribute to the two projects in collaboration with senior colleagues and societal actors outside academia. The employment is at the Department of Thematic Studies - Child Studies and the research will be carried out in close cooperation with the Environmental Change Unit and the Center for Climate Policy Research (CSPR). The research tasks include qualitative interviews and participant observations together with young climate activists participating in UN climate conferences, ethnographic studies of school strikes in two Swedish cities, discourse analysis of international policy documents, negotiation texts and campaign material on social media, as well as publishing and reporting of results.

Documented scientific skills from qualitative methods such as interviews and text analysis are required. Documented scientific skills from social science and/or humanities research in one or more of the following fields 1) Child and youth studies, 2) political representation, citizenship and/or protest movements, and 3) climate policy and/or climate justice are required for the employment. Finally, it is a merit with documented skills of working with actors outside the academy. Documented good English skills in writing and speech are required.

A postdoctoral student will mainly conduct research. Teaching within Linköping University's Bachelor's Program in Environmental Science, and the Masters Programs in Child Studies, Strategic Urban and Regional Planning and Science for Sustainable Development can also be included in the work assignments, but not more than a fifth of the working time. Documented skills in teaching in any of the following areas, children and youth science, political science, environmental studies or sustainable development is a merit for the position. The teaching will primarily be conducted in English.

The position requires a doctorate or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. The doctorate shall have been obtained no longer than three years before the expiration date of the application.

Appointment time
A Postdoc is appointed until further notice, but for no longer than two years. The appointment can be renewed if there are special reasons.

Starting date 
By agreement.

The University applies individual salary scales adapted to the experience of the employee and to the labour market.

Union representatives
For contact with union representatives see below. 

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest April 6, 2020.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Equal opportunities
A majority of our post docs within the department of Thematic Studies are women, which is why precedence will be given to men in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact person

Håkan Löfgren

Head of Division

+46 13-28 20 51

Jonathan Josefsson

Associate Senior Lecturer

+46 13 285676

Camilla Junström Hammar

HR manager

+46 13 28 21 20