at Stockholm Resilience Centre . Closing date: 15 June 2022.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is a leading international centre in
sustainability science for biosphere stewardship, at the Stockholm University.
The SRC currently employs around 135 members of staff. It was founded in 2007
and is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer
Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
FAIRTRANS (Fair Transformations to a Fossil-Free Future) is a 4-year
research programme funded by Mistra and Formas. Our mission is to develop
science-based and fair roadmaps for rapid decarbonisation, consistent with a
globally fair Swedish carbon budget, through collaboration with key actors
from civil society. Sustaining the resilience of Earth's biosphere requires
far-reaching transformations of the economy, breaking path dependency and
shifting toward a new development trajectory defined by a fundamentally
different narrative. A postdoctoral fellow within this program will gain
experience in problem-oriented, interdisciplinary collaboration in
sustainability science and become an expert in climate benefits of forestry
and resilient forestry.
Green negative emissions is Work Package 3 in FAIRTRANS. We want to hire a
postdoc for two years to explore and analyse how the climate benefits of
Swedish forests and forestry can be optimized, with respect to other ecosystem
services and biodiversity. The overarching research questions are:
Acknowledging the potential for climate benefits from both protected forests and active forestry, how can these climate benefits be optimised in a legitimate and cost-effective way?
How can Swedish forests increase their resilience to various stresses and shocks in order to safeguard their climate benefits?
Questions include how to ensure a high net sink at different time scales
(maintain or decrease harvesting rate?), how to maximise the benefits of
substitution (e.g. increase the share of timber to constructions at the
expense of paper and biofuel?), how to make forests more resilient (e.g.
increase the share of continuous cover forestry?), and explore novel avenues
for sustainable forest management (SFM) with several co-benefits. Since more
than half of stored carbon in Swedish forests is sub-soil, attention cannot be
limited to calculations of biomass in trees.
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work with us to develop new
governance and management approaches for optimising the climate benefits of
forestry and safeguard the resilience of these benefits. This research is
truly interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary and the candidate should
have previous experience of that. Research experience from forestry or climate
is desirable but not mandatory.
The research will include a review of forestry transformations in other
countries, especially Germany, and developing scenarios for alternative
management including continuous cover forestry (CCF). These scenarios will
be discussed and modified in workshops together with interested Swedish forest
owners and the Forest Agency. No Swedish language proficiency is required.
Depending on the skills of the candidate, case studies with interviews or
modelling (e.g. CAPRI) will be used to assess the robustness/resilience of
pathway scenarios for a few explicit forest management strategies. The
candidate may also supervise a MSc student in the same field.
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research.
Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent
degree from another country.
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision
is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree
may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick
leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total
defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or
service/assignments relevant to the subject area.
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to:
Research experience of policy-relevant transdisciplinary sustainability
Research and practical experience of climate and forestry.
Methodological skills in either qualitative or quantitative methods.
Practical experiences from science-policy dialogues.
Record of publications in scientific journals.
Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team.
Very good English language communication skills.
Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a
maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special
circumstances. Start date as per agreement.
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and
with equal opportunities for all.
Further information about the position can be obtained directly from:
Thomas Hahn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, email@example.com,
Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46
8 16 34 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com (SEKO).
Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the
responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in
accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is
submitted before the deadline.
Please include the following information with your application:
Your contact details and personal data
Your highest degree
Your language skills
Contact details for 2–3 references
and, in addition, please include the following documents
CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of
Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
– why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
– why and how you wish to complete the project
– what makes you suitable for the project in question
Copy of PhD diploma
Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).
The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.
We look forward to your application!
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society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.
Closing date: 15/06/2022