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The position is connected to the Academy for Smart Specialisation at Karlstad University, https://www.kau.se/en/external-relations/external-relations-university/good-examples/academy-smart-specialisation, in the area of forest-based bioeconomy. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the Centre for Regional Studies (CRS) https://www.kau.se/en/centre-regional-studies. CRS is a cross-disciplinary research centre focused on regional societal transition processes. CRS conducts research, offers a doctoral programme and communicates its research done in partnership with other research environments at Karlstad University and other national and international higher education institutions. This position is directly connected to ongoing and concluded projects at CRS in the area of forest-based bioeconomy, such as “Transition to sustainable forest bioeconomy,” the network project BioWiseTrans, Paper Province 2.0, and the Interreg project Innovation for green transition in the forest (InGO-Skog). More information on these projects: https://www.kau.se/en/crs/research/current-projects
The postdoctoral researcher will work with the project coordinator and in partnership with other researchers in related projects on forest-based bioeconomy (see the projects mentioned above). The research questions have been developed during the first phase of “Transition to sustainable forest bioeconomy” and in collaboration with other actors in the BioWiseTrans network. The aim is to contribute knowledge on smart specialisation, regional innovation systems and transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. This will be done through an international comparative study in three to four European regions, based on contacts in the above-mentioned network. The results will form the basis of policy briefs as well as scientific articles in international journals.
In addition to your own research in the specified area, you will contribute to developing relevant international contacts, writing applications for research funding and publishing in popular scientific and scientific publications. You are also expected to participate actively in the daily development work in CRS as well as in activities in adjacent projects such as the BioWiseTrans network.
Eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher are those who have obtained their doctoral degree, or achieved equivalent qualifications abroad, at the most three years prior to the end of the application period. If there are special reasons, the required qualifications may have been obtained earlier. Special reasons may include illness, parental leave, clinical duties, commissions of trust in labour unions or similar organisations, or other similarly special circumstances.
The doctoral degree should be held in disciplines such as human/economic geography, economic history, business administration, environmental science, sociology, or similar. Research experience in one or more of the following fields is essential: regional innovation systems, smart specialisation, transition processes and sustainable development, bioeconomy and/or circular economy.
Since the project is conducted in partnership with other researchers as well as actors from regional innovation systems, special weight is given to applicants’ documented collaborative skills and ability to work independently.
Considerable weight is given to good ability to take initiative and to experience from multidisciplinary environments.
The research takes the form of an international comparative study and therefore considerable weight is given to ability to express yourself well in English, in writing and speech.
In addition, weight is given at assessment to experience of participation in international research projects and/or an international network.
Appointment as postdoctoral researcher is usually for two years’ full-time employment, starting on 1 January 2019, or as per agreement. The position involves 100 % research duties.
A condition of employment as postdoctoral researcher is that you have not been employed as a postdoctoral researcher under a central contract for more than a year in the same or similar discipline at Karlstad University.
Appointment is contingent upon necessary funding allocation decisions.
The application should include well-documented qualifications. Please provide the contact details of at least two references. Applicants are responsible ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that the university receives it before the deadline.
The application should include:
The application is submitted electronically via the university’s web-based recruitment system. Documents and publications should be attached to the electronic publication (do not only provide links). One copy of each document that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:
651 88 Karlstad
State ref. no:REK 2018/146
Last day of application: 2018-08-31
Interviews will be conducted during the last week of September 2018.
Contact: Ida Grundel, senior lecturer in human geography
Tel: 0046 (0)54 700 2212
Questions about being a postdoctoral researcher at CRS can be directed to Silke Reeploeg
We look forward to your application.
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