Post Doctoral Fellow

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World Maritime University
Malmö, Sweden
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The Post-Doctoral Fellows will work under the supervision and guidance of the Head, Research and will undertake research assigned by the Director and Head of Research as a part of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme in Land-to-Ocean Leadership through research, education and capacity building at the GOI, sponsored by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Kindly see the Land-to-Ocean Leadership programme Terms of Reference for further programme information.

Against this background, Ph.D. scholarship and Post-Doctoral fellowship research proposals are welcome canvassing novel regulatory, policy and scientific approaches in land-to-ocean leadership within and across the following thematic areas:

  1. Straits used for international navigation;      Governance challenges in the context of regulatory, socio-economic and environmental change;
  2. Capacity building and stakeholders in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction;
  3. Spatial governance of ocean space and the ocean/coastal/terrestrial interface in the context of the effects of human induced climate change;
  4. Governance implications arising from the advent of emerging technologies and platforms for data acquisition and management.

At WMU, the candidate should expect to:

● Undertake and contribute to research in the field of ocean governance and ocean policy;

● Publish high-impact, peer-reviewed scholarly articles;

● Assist in the development of the Institute’s research agenda;

● Carry out projects as a member of a research team;

● Teaching and mentoring in WMU’s MSc programme relating to Marine and Ocean Governance as well as capacity-building as may be required;

● Perform any other tasks relating to research, education or capacity building as may be required;

● Undertake special projects and other duties as may be assigned.

Desired skills and experience



● The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and an advanced university degree in ocean governance or ocean policy, ocean science, international environmental law or related fields.



● Experience in working in the higher education or related sectors;

● A strong record of internationally recognised research and publication in fields of ocean governance and/or policy or ocean science;

● Demonstrated ability to use established, appropriate research methodologies and deliver critical policy-relevant analyses;

● Familiarity with ocean-related 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals;

● Knowledge of IMO, other UN institutions and other international organisations with ocean-related mandates, and international ocean organizations, their aims, objectives and activities.



● Language proficiency in English is essential. Applicants must offer one of the following tests as proof of competence in the English language:

○ Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL): 243+ (computer-based test), 96+ (internet-based test), 590+ (paper based test)

○ International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 7.0 or above

○ Cambridge Examinations:Cambridge Proficiency Examination at grade A or B

○ GCE O-level or the equivalent: a good pass grade

○ Other relevant proof of competence.


● Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.

Desirable Qualifications, Competencies and Professional Experience

● An understanding of WMU and its mission, and strong commitment to the delivery of the highest practicable standards in pursuing its mandate;

● Excellent communication skills;

● Some working experience, especially at the international level and in connection with ocean governance capacity-building activities;

● Computer literacy.

Female applicants, especially from Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS), developing countries and least developed countries, are strongly encouraged to apply.

This vacancy is open to male and female candidates. WMU seeks to increase the number of women at all levels and, therefore, qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. WMU will make every effort to facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities.


The position offers a monthly stipend of SEK 32,000, free of income tax in Sweden, as well as health insurance coverage.

Applicants must apply by sending their complete application including all documentation to Head of Human Resource Mr. Marco Batista on with copy to .

Following documentation shall be submitted via email with subject line Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Land-to-Ocean Leadership programme

  1. Updated CV and UN Personal History form P11
  2. A one-page research proposal
  3. A one-page Motivational Letter
  4. Certified copies of degree certificates and      transcripts
  5. Copy of English language proficiency certification
  6. Copy of passport (data page, only for      internal record)
  7. Two Academic Letters of Reference

Deadline for Applications: 15 March 2019.