Postdoctoral Researcher In Sociology

Göteborg University
April 25, 2024
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About the department

The Department of Sociology and Work Science has about 120 employed, teachers, researchers, PhD-students and administrative staff. The Department carries out research, education and collaboration in a number of areas. There is research in areas like the labor market, working life, social deviance, digitalization, emotions, gender, migration, environmental issues, social movements, governance and organization as well as science and technology.

The different fields of research in the department are mainly coordinated around a number of seminar series, where there is constant cross-fertilization as most staff members follow more than one seminar series.

Courses are offered in a range of fields such as sociology, work science, human resource management, criminology and social psychology. The Department also has extensive commitment to several of the University's educational programmes, particularly in teacher education. Collaboration and development projects are conducted both in research and education with partners in the private and public sector for example through the Centre for Global Human Resource Management (CGHRM).

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The Department of Sociology and Work Science is seeking a postdoctoral fellow who will work in an existing project titled “A Sea of Plastic: Social Structural Drivers of Marine Plastic Pollution in Europe” (2024-2026). This project will examine political-economic processes associated with growing plastic production and consumption in the European Economic Area, with a focus on marine pollution. The primary aim of this project is to identify social- structural processes that act as underlying drivers of growing plastics pollution.

The postdoctoral scholar in this position is expected to conduct research in collaboration with the research team including national and international researchers. The project will be directed by the PI, Dr. Stefano B. Longo. The duties for the position include compiling and organizing historical/existing data, planning and conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and publishing the results in scientific articles. Some travel for fieldwork will be expected. Within the framework of the employment, there is the opportunity to independently develop research ideas.

The employment as a postdoctoral fellow aims to give the employee an early opportunity to develop independence as a researcher after completing a doctorate and to create the conditions for further qualifications. The person employed as a postdoctoral fellow must mainly conduct research. Teaching is also included in the work duties, but to a maximum of one-fifth of the working time .


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.

To be eligible for this appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree in sociology, or a degree, obtained in Sweden or abroad, that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree in sociology for example sustainability science or human ecology. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made.

In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.

In order to be able to carry out planned empirical collection, the applicant must have a very good ability (equivalent to CEFR B2) to communicate in English in speech and writing. Swedish language skills are meritorious and command of other European languages can be advantageous.

Documented training in environmental sociology, human ecology, and/or sustainability science is meritorious.

Assessment criteria

The successful candidate will have a proven research record in environmental sociology, human ecology, or sustainability science. The post-doctoral scholar should have demonstrated proficiency in conducting social research drawing on structural analyses and theories in environmental social science. It is particularly beneficial for the applicant to have research experience employing theory and methodology based in historical materialist and/or critical realist traditions. Knowledge of issues associated with plastics production and consumption is useful.

To be successful in the position, the candidate must have good organizational and problem-solving skills. Great importance is placed on personal suitability, which is expressed in, among other things, communication and cooperation skills, and the ability to work independently.

As a basis for assessment, the applicant must attach a letter of application (max. 2 pages) that describes how your research agenda can contribute to the research project and how you meet the criteria above, CV, complete list of publications, degree certificate or certificate regarding upcoming degree, one (1) example of a publication, and three references (including contact details).


The employment is a fixed-term employment of 2 years, 100% of full-time and is currently placed at the Department of Sociology and Work Science. Accession date by agreement.

Selection process

Besides assessing written documentation from the applicant, the selection process will also include interviews and reference taking.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Stefano Longo, (PI) [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact human resource officer Anna Karin Wiberg, [email protected], +46 31 786 3156


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Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

The application should, as mentioned above, contain:

  • A letter of application
  • CV/resume, including a complete list of publications
  • Degree certificates
  • Example of publications (max 2)
  • References, including contact details
  • Applications must be received by: April 25, 2024

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