Vacancy: research assistant to help us advance research related to digital technologies, artificial intelligence, and human behaviour

Governance, Technology and Complexity is a research programme at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The programme studies the increasing influence of machine intelligent digital technologies and systems, and their ability to create new connections between social, ecological, and technological domains.

We are currently looking for one research assistant (RA) with a Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree to help us advance new research initiatives related to digital technologies, artificial intelligence, and human behaviour.

Tasks and Qualifications

The work will mainly be conducted to support two research initiatives. The first is about how peoples’ behaviour are affected by emotionally charged material about climate change issues online. This work is conducted in close collaboration with the Emotion Lab at Karolinska Institutet, and includes supporting design and conducting experiments; manage research data; and conduct literature reviews (80% of time). The second initiative is linked to a new research collaboration with the New School (New York) funded by, about using AI-analysis to assess urban climate risks. The RA will be supporting simpler communication and research tasks (20% of working time).

Applicants should be prepared to combine multiple tasks of possibly varying nature. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical skills (quantitative, including R programming or similar) and experience with experimental methods. Documented experiences in behavioural sciences, psychology, emotion research, and/or sustainability sciences will be particularly valued, but are not essential. We also value programming skills in Java and/or Python.

The assistant will work closely with our team of interdisciplinary researchers including researchers at Beijer’s Behaviour, Economics and Nature Programme, and academic partners. The assistant may also be required to help organise, and participate in, international workshops. Assistants can expect to be part of the full research process, and as such the RA position should be seen as an excellent opportunity to gain research experience for candidates interested in an academic future.

Candidates must have a permanent residency permit and a work permit to be eligible for the position.


100% for 12 months (with possible extension), starting from as soon as possible (start date is negotiable).


According to agreement.


Last application date: 2023-12-15, but send your application as soon as possible as we will be conducting interviews on a regular basis.

Applications should include:

  • CV
  • List of relevant publications (if you have) – do not send full papers as they will not be considered in the initial stage
  • A description of your skills and experience as they relate to those called for in the job description
  • Contact details to at least two references

Please note: Send your application as one file (pdf) and do not send any other documents as these will not be considered at the initial stage.

Applications should be e-mailed to, at Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.