The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
The Department of Urban and Rural Development
The Faculty establishs a new research area and are recruiting a professor in
political science with focus on governance of natural resources. Political
science includes studies of the content of politics, political processes and
the institutional rules that surround them. The professor will strengthen and
renew social science research and education on governance of natural
resources, especially in relation to policy and policy implementation. In the
autumn of 2021, SLU started a new bachelor program, Politices candidate -
sustainable development, where teaching in political science will be an
This fully funded professor position will be placed at the Department of Urban
and Rural Development (www. slu.se/en/sol). The department's research and
education is based on the subjects Environmental Communication, Rural
Development, Landscape Architecture and Agrarian History and will now be
further developed with Political Science as a subject.
SLU Swedish Biodiversity Centre, (CBM), which is a centre for the production
and dissemination of knowledge about the complex interplay between
biodiversity and societal development, is placed at the Department of Urban
and Rural Development. CBM's activities focus on the interplay between
biodiversity and human activities. The task of the centre is to initiate,
conduct and coordinate socially relevant research, investigation and
information with the goal to conserve, restore and sustainably use
biodiversity. The announced position will have a clear connection to CBM. Read
more about CBM here: https: // www. slu.se/en/CBM
SLU offers an attractive research environment with an unique breadth,
including world leading research in biodiversity, and thereby the opportunity
for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations with research
groups in other social sciences, including economics, and with groups on
natural and engineering sciences.
The subject includes political science with focus on governance of natural
resources. The starting point of the subject lies in the complex interplay
between ecosystems and society, as well as related societal conflicts of goals
The professor is expected to lead a research group, which includes
The candidate, should, within the subject area
develop and lead a strong research environment with internationally
recognized and successful research
develop research and teaching in close collaboration with other
researchers and teachers at the faculty and university
address research issues with multi- and interdisciplinary approaches
apply for external research funding at national and international level
contribute to the development of CBM
lead, develop and participate in education at basic and advance level
participate in PhD training and supervising PhD students
develop and maintain national and international networks and
collaborations with academia, and relevant agencies, organizations, the
industry and stakeholders
support the strategic development of the department and faculty
collaborate with others within the department and at other departments
within and outside SLU
actively collaborate with other research groups within SLU in order to
strengthen interdisciplinary research at the university
disseminate research findings and contribute with relevant knowledge to
be able to communicate in Swedish within four years.
The successful candidate shall
have a PhD and competence as associate professor (docent) or equivalent
be scientifically skilled within the subject area of this appointment
have experience of collaboration with stakeholders
have demonstrated a proven ability to lead and develop a successful
have a proven ability to obtain external research funding in competition
be pedagogically skilled
have ability to integrate research and scientific perspectives in teaching
good ability to communicate in written and spoken English.
The assessment criteria for appointment for this position will primarily be
based on the degree of skills to which the applicant have in the subject.
The assessment of scientific skills will consider the ability to
initiate, lead and deliver innovative and excellent research
independently initiate and pursue outstanding research
obtain external research funding in competition.
The assessment of pedagogic skills will consider the ability to
convey and implement his/her pedagogic vision
plan, conduct and evaluate teaching and research
supervise and examinate doctoral students.
The assessment of collaboration skills will consider the ability to integrate
and cooperate with relevant stakeholders and society.
It is a merit to have conducted multi- or interdisciplinary research and / or
research in transdisciplinary collaborations. It is also a merit to have
worked with the governance of biodiversity.
Assessment of pedagogic and scientific skills shall be given equal
Emphasis will be placed on the applicant's personal suitability and abilities.
This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the
position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support
including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to
care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established
pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost
education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about
Sweden at www. sweden.se
Located in the greater Stockholm region, the city of Uppsala has a rich
history and culture, and is a true academic and cultural hub. Find out more
about moving, living and working here at https: // internationalhub.uppsala.se/
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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the
understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural
resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas.
SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree
programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management,
environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.
SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3
billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive
environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.
SLU is an equal opportunity employer.
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