Postdoctoral Fellow in how to reinforce nature based solutions through smart technology

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Stockholm, , SE

The Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University is a leading international centre in sustainability science for biosphere stewardship.

Project description
To be liveable, equitable, resilient and positive contributors to global sustainability, cities need to be understood as complex systems where technological and digital infrastructure supports relate with ecological-biophysical and social-institutional- economic dynamics. However, systems perspectives do not inform how we design and govern our cities and are poorly integrated into “smart” city agendas. For example, there is a lack of understanding and investment in social and ecological/environmental processes and structures that are equally important components of city systems. Additionally, smart cities have so far failed to address nature-based solutions in urban forests, parks, and community gardens and their contribution to human well-being, including stress relief and heat mitigation.

The SMARTer Greener Cities project aims to develop and test novel tools and processes for explicitly converging social, ecological, and technological approaches. The convergence of these approaches will promote resilient and equitable urban futures in Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, and generate new opportunities for transformative change and increasing resilience to extreme events in other Nordic cities. The comprehensive integration of emerging science and practice connected to each of the three couplings(social-ecological (S-E), ecological-technological (E-T), and social-technological (S-T)) into a combined SETS framework is essential for the development of “smarter” (through systems) solutions for resilience and equity.

Main responsibilities
The post-doc will focus on the ecological-technological (E-T) couplings in a systems framing of how to advance a SMARTer and Greener City for climate resilience. The postdoc will work primarily on the Stockholm case will focus on how technology can be used to better understand the “voices of nature”. The post-doc will apply and lead IoT local sensor observations of nature-based solutions at multiple locations in Stockholm together with local partners and project collaborators. Goals include real-time monitoring and analysis of variation in green infrastructure performance over time and to integrate results with other local and regional spatial data to examine the social-ecological-technological system context that affects deliver of nature-based solutions to local residents. The applicant will work closely with project researchers including on both empirical and conceptual aspects of the research. The work will include project management duties and help with the overall coordination to up to 25% of the time.

The post-doc position is funded by the Nordforsk grant to SRC (in partnership with Copenhagen University, SYKE and Helsinki University) for the SMARTer Greener Cities project and in collaboration with multiple institutions including the Urban Systems Lab at The New School in New York.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

The doctoral degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications.

The candidate needs the following skills:

  • Strong statistical analytical skills
  • Experience working with large datasets and databases
  • Experience with real time data or IoT sensors preferred
  • Spatial analytical and mapping skills preferred
  • Experience of system science-interdisciplinary work and synthesizing scientific literature and with developing conceptual frameworks
  • Excellent scientific writing skills and ability to create and communicate results that are useful to policymaking and stakeholder decision-making
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, but also closely with small (interdisciplinary) teams, experience of project coordination and management are appreciated

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Timon McPhearson (SRC), [email protected], or Dr. Erik Andersson (SRC), [email protected].

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, [email protected], Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, [email protected], and [email protected] (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 30/01/2020