Lund University, Universitetets särskilda verksamheter, IIIEE

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Description of the workplace
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University was founded in 1994 and has since developed genuine interdisciplinary education and research with focus on strategies for sustainable development. The Institute facilitates a great number of external research and development projects as well as two international master programs. More information is available on the Institute's website

We offer
Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.
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Subject Description
The doctoral student will work in the project VERSAM - Regional collaboration to achieve a fossil-free welfare society. The aim with the project is to enhance knowledge on how regional collaboration contributes to build capacity to achieve a fossil free society. A framework for collaboration will be developed as a tool to facilitate regional capacity building to reach a fossil free society.

The project VERSAM including in total three doctoral (one at the IIIEE, one at Linköping University and one at Halmstad University) students and is action oriented and has an interdisciplinary approach, combining three research fields: sociotechnical transition, sustainable regional development and energy system modelling. The empiric focus is on transportation, industry and housing and service in three regions.

The doctoral student at the IIIEE will focus: 1) A literature review to get an overview of how collaboration between a multitude of actors in transition processes has been studied in earlier research and how these studies have been connected to potential assessments; 2) A comparative case study of regional collaboration to achieve fossil free industry, housing sector and service in Skåne, Östergötland and Norrland. A multitude of methods will be used here such as study visits, participatory observation, document studies, interviews and workshops; 3) In collaboration with the two other doctoral students in the project develop a framework for regional collaboration which is of practical relevance for the regional actors working with regional transition to achieve a fossil free society.

The project will study Swedish initiatives with the aim to develop fossil free system solutions.

Work duties
The position will be based at the IIIEE and be part of the national interdisciplinary graduate school in Energy systems. This project is conducted in cooperation with Linköping University and Halmstad University.

The doctoral student will be part of the national graduate school in Energy systems which is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. The candidate is expected to participate in the activities organized by the graduate school in Energy Systems including a course package of 30 cr. This will also involve a lot of travelling to courses and meetings located somewhere in Sweden.

The fieldwork in the project will also imply the need to travel in Sweden. Using a combination of methods for data collection and analysis, including case studies, focus groups, interviews, workshops, and document studies will require collaboration with stakeholders in the region. The research will result in a systematic, integrative and comparative analysis of how regions can work with sustainable development.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Sustainable energy systems if the applicant has:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in a relevant, preferably multi-disciplinary, field (e.g. climate and sustainability studies, governance, planning, institutional, and/or organisational studies).
  • Degree or a course related to sustainability or environmental management/policy is a requirement.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in Swedish.

Assessment criteria
Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Experiences from working in interdisciplinary environments

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and include

  • CV
  • A cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background.
  • An outline of a research design corresponding to the project description above and related to the research conducted at IIIEE (maximum 3 pages).
  • Degree certificate or equivalent.
  • Other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).
  • Relevant thesis must be attached (master’s thesis and/or bachelor’s thesis).
Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 230101 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/3374
  • Jenny Palm, +46462220242
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 18.Oct.2022
Last application date 08.Nov.2022 11:59 PM CET

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