Posted on: 10 January, 2019
Application deadline: February 3, 2019

2-year postdoc – Loss and damage, social movements, climate change, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment conducts research in the field of technology history, environmental history and history of science. Here, research is conducted on industrial memories and cultural heritage as well as historically oriented technology and science studies.

With us the candidate will work in a dynamic and multicultural research environment within the department and the Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL). Here, historical studies of the environment are integrated with research on justice, political ecology and other contemporary ways to approach society’s major challenges.

Job description

We are looking for a postdoctor who will work in the research project Occupy Climate Change!. The position is for a period of 2 years. The project investigates how civil society organizations and local governments are responding to climate change. The research is done in several cities around the world. The aim of the research is to study the damage and losses caused by climate change, especially as perceived by the grass roots and local organizations, and how they react to them. In the role of postdoctor you will answer for one or more case studies.

The position includes the following tasks:

  • Coordination of research between the various partners included the OCC!-project
  • Design and implementation of case studies in close collaboration with local activists and academics
  • Contribution to the sub-project “Atlas over other worlds” and studies of climate change plans in different case studies
  • Participation in and presentation of research results at international conferences
  • Publication of research results in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Dissemination of project progress and results


You have a PhD in political ecology, historical or geographical environmental studies or a related field. You have written scientific publications in relevant journals, preferably also on adaptation to climate change. We would like you to have an editorial experience of working with or for academic journals. It is a merit if you have documented experience of contacts with social movements and groups, as well as the dissemination of knowledge about climate change.

The role requires that you master English fluently. The ability to read, speak and/or write in one of the Scandinavian languages is desirable, but it isn’t a must.  You are structured, have good ability to take your own initiative and to start new tasks. You are communicative and have easy cooperation with others. Desirable that you have a habit of collaborating in research projects over disciplinary boundaries.

Union representatives

You can find contact information for union representatives on the KTH website.


The application must contain the following documents in English (except for official documents that can also be in Swedish): – Personal letter – Curriculum vitae – Copy of doctoral degree – List of publications – Name and address (including email address) of two or more reference persons – It is desirable that the application be supplemented with a brief abstract (max 500 words, excluding references) that proposes a case study that the applicant is interested in working with.

You apply via KTH’s recruitment system. You as the applicant have the main responsibility for ensuring that your application is complete when submitted.

The application must be received by KTH no later than the last application day at midnight, CET / CET (Central European Time / Central European Summer Time).


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2018-2156
  • Sanna Dafteke, HR-handläggare,
  • Sabine Höhler, Avdelningschef,
  • Marco Armiero, Föreståndare EHL,
Published 15.Nov.2018
Last application date 03.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET