Vacancy: Postdoc position on Biodiversity hypothesis of human health and wellbeing

The programme Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere (GEDB) is advertising a 2-year postdoc position, which will focus on testing the biodiversity hypothesis of human health and wellbeing through an evidence synthesis of existing evidence across both human and ecological scales of organisation.

As the successful candidate, you will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at GEDB and at our external partners in Sweden and abroad. We are open to candidates from a broad range of topical and methodological backgrounds, and the following description should not be seen as a requirement to be fulfilled.

Methodological background: Experience with or a keen interest in one or more of the following analytical methods are desirable: systematic reviews, meta-analysis, systematic evidence maps, or other forms of qualitative and quantitative synthesis.

Topical background: General or topic specific knowledge of human health and wellbeing and/or biodiversity is a plus. Relevant topic specific areas include, but are not limited to: Green and blue urban spaces, protected areas, food systems, microbiomes, infectious disease, atopic disease, physical and psychological wellbeing, ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, oceans, lakes, or the like.

Additional qualification requirements and selection

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record in research, including publications, related to broad areas of biodiversity, human health and wellbeing and sustainability.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on:

  • experience working with issues related to the topic area or using relevant methods;
  • experience conducting interdisciplinary research;
  • demonstrated academic outputs in the form of scientific publications;
  • the applicants personal references;
  • willingness and ability to work as part of a transdisciplinary team;
  • communication and presentation skills;
  • good written and spoken English skills (Swedish is not a requirement).

Terms of employment

The term of the initial contract is two years with conditional extension of contract depending on evaluation of academic outputs.

Please note that selection decisions cannot be appealed.


Please include the following information with your application. NOTE: consolidate your documents into ONE SINGLE pdf – multiple documents will not be accepted, and make sure you include the reference number: ‘GEDB Biodiversity’ in the title.

  • your contact details and personal data
  • your highest degree
  • your language skills
  • contact details for 2–3 references (NOTE: do not include reference letters. You will be asked to provide these if you are selected for interview)
  • cover letter, describing what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses/publications
  • research proposal (no more than 1 page) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you might choose to complete the project
  • degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Send your application to:

Closing date: June 15th, 2022.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to provide electronic copies of three of your most relevant works (degree projects or published articles) and letters of reference.


For specific questions about the fellowship, contact Peter Sögaard Jörgensen,

Welcome to apply!

About the programme

The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme (GEDB) is a research programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It is funded by the Erling-Persson Family Foundation.

Our aim is to conduct interdisciplinary research that improves understanding of the economic dynamics of global change in a biosphere context, and the implications and opportunities this presents for a sustainable future.

More information about the programme