Postdoc in Sustainable Urban Governance with Focus on Solar Power

Lund University, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship position. The funding allows sucessfull candidates to work for 2 years in the first instance. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply before the deadline: October 08, 2018.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malm. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an international and interdisciplinary centre of excellence at Lund University. We advance knowledge on how to catalyse the transition to low-carbon and resource efficient economies across different levels of governance and management. We conduct research across the themes of international and national policy intervention, urban governance and experimentation, business management and practice, and consumption governance.

Installed solar power in the world has increased steadily over the last decades. By the end of 2016 there were 192 MW installed in the Swedish grid. A large part of this capacity was integrated in the form of small-scale building-applied systems. It is reasonable to assume that it is in the building sector large part of the continued expansion will take place. The post-doc will map barriers and enablers experienced by public and private property owners of premises for becoming producing consumers (so called prosumers). The post-doc will also map and analyse barriers and enablers that the established companies in electricity distribution, electricity generation and electricity trade experience for a large diffusion of PVs in the building sector. The post-doc will work in close collaboration with the regional Energy Agency in Skne when collecting, analysing and disseminating results.

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching will also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

The work will be carried out within the project “ Fastighetsgare som prosumenter – stdstrukturer och hinder”, which is funded by Energimyndigheten. The position includes conducting high quality research, publishing in international scientific journals, providing relevant feedback and recommendations to our collaborative partners, as well as organising and participating in events within the framework of the project.

The position includes conducting case studies involving interviews and participatory observations. It also includes to actively contribute to the development of solar power in the region by providing policy-relevant recommendations based on existing research, and organise and participate in events within the frames of the project.

The candidate is expected to teach in Masters programmes run by the IIIEE in English. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to supervise doctoral students. The candidate is also expected to get involved in research funding proposals.

Administration related to the work duties listed above also needs to be carried out.

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.
- Very good oral and written proficiency in Swedish.
- Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:
- Documented experience of working in collaboration with societal actors
- Documented skills in publishing in academic journals or book/book chapters through academic publishers

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and submitted online. The following documents need to be submitted:
- a research plan (max 3 pages) in line with the described topic and should be in line with research conducted at the IIIEE


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