Postdoctoral Position in Environmental History at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is offering postdoctoral associate position in sustainable development. The funding allows successful candidates to work for two years in the first instance. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply before the deadline: November 10, 2018.

The Department of Technology Management and Economics (TME) broadly researches the interaction between technology development, industrial systems, society, people and the environment. The research can be divided into three main research areas, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain & Operations Management and Sustainability & Society Studies. The department is organized in six divisions for research and teaching and one support function and it hosts four research centres and the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers’ Areas of Advance.

Information about the division and the research

The position is based at the division of Science, Technology and Society. The division research and teaches courses in history of technology, history of science, the social role of the engineer, gender and technology and sustainable development.

The research project this postdoc will be part of is interdisciplinary from its foundation onward, drawing together scholars from different disciplines to conduct in-depth and multi-faceted research on climate change denial including both national case studies, global linkages and cross-national comparisons. In this research project we will scrutinize images of climate science set in play by extractive industries as well as analyze how this is played out in different/similar national and cultural settings via think tanks and right-wing populism.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Major responsibilities

Existing research suggests that extractive industries have played a central part in climate politics at multiple scales. Which role do extractive industries with large emissions of CO2 play in a country such as Sweden? How do they present global climate change and their role in it? This project will take an environmental historical approach and research reports, environmental assessments, public speeches and archival material for these large companies 1960-2000. Research will proceed via key-actor interviews and document/archival analysis. Attention will be paid to the activities of particular companies and of industry associations. Comparisons with other countries via the international collaboratory network of the research project will be based on thematic coding of interviews and documents, as well as detailed chronologies of events, political debates, and key moments of policy and legislative decision-making.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of one year.


To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in history with extensive knowledge and research experience on Swedish environmental politics and environmental movements. Experience from working with a range of different source materials from archives, (both public and private), broadcasting and oral history is meritorious.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180560 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 yourselfand 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.

Application deadline: 10 November, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Professor Per Lundin, STS

Associate Professor Martin Hultman, STS

Phone: +46 709 450112


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