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Nyhet 2012-11-14

Ledig tjänst: Two Research Positions with focus on global social-ecological dynamics and marine stewardship in a global context

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce two positions as Academy Researcher, one for a scholar with a documented background in economics and one for a scholar with a documented background in research on social-ecological interactions.

The positions will be central for the Family Erling Persson’s Academy Program on The Ecological Economics of Global Change, lead by Prof. Carl Folke.

Human wellbeing and the Earth system on which it depends are in transition. In a globalised world the economy, society, technology and the environment interact in novel and even unexpected ways. A key challenge is to foster development that is favourable and sustainable for current and future generations. This challenge rests upon the capacity of the biosphere to support such a development. Research will address the complex, multi-scale dynamics of social–ecological systems and critical ecosystem services for societal development and human wellbeing. The dynamics include nonlinear thresholds that can lead to large, persistent changes but also transformations of human actions toward stewardship of social–ecological systems for global sustainability. Part of the program will focus on marine issues in this context.

The Ecological Economics of Global Change program aims to address such challenges and is searching for key collaborators to achieve this. The positions are three plus two years, with potential for continuation. We envision a mid-career researchers at the level of associate professor (docent) or similar. Documented skills in leading research and research teams will be highly valued and experience from interdisciplinary collaboration a bonus. The two Academy Researcher positions, with four post docs and a visiting professor will form the core of the program. The funding available for an Academy Researcher position can be used for own salary, or combined with support to post docs, PhD-students or similar.

The program provides a forum for researchers in economics and social-ecological systems to interact and develop joint research, seeking a deeper understanding of the interplay of social-ecological systems from local to global levels in the new global context. There will be opportunity for researchers of the program to closely collaborate with scholars of the Academy’s Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. A stimulating, trusting and friendly research environment in collaboration with diverse disciplines is provided, focusing on understanding the new global dynamics and the challenges towards sustainability.

The Academy is accepting applications from researchers with a PhD in economics and ecology or related disciplines. We are looking for open minded candidates with exceptional scholarly promise and a rigorous approach to problem solving. We value documented capacity to synthesize knowledge, analyze large data sets and build empirically grounded theory. The successful candidates must be team players who understand how their particular expertise fits within the greater global picture and can collaborate with other researchers in an open-minded and creative way. Leadership roles will be part of the positions. Salary will depend on the merits of the candidate. The program will start January 1st 2013 and the position, which is full time, is to be filled as soon as possible for an initial period of two years.

Applicants should submit a single document containing a short letter of interest including a vision of research focus to further the understanding of social-ecological systems in the context of new global dynamics (1-2 page) and Curriculum Vitae including relevant publications (max 3 pages). In addition the applicants should ask a person of their choice to send a letter of recommendation.

Please, submit the applications to Christina Leijonhufvud (chris@beijer.kva.se) by November 30, 2012.

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