Head of Unit, Climate, Energy and Society

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Stockholm, , SE

Duration: Permanent position, with a 6 months’ probation period

Start date: As soon as possible but no later than 1 April 2017

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Salary Range: Competitive based on the Swedish market

Application deadline: 4 December 2016

Open to: External and internal candidates

SEI is recruiting a Head of Unit, Climate, Energy and Society at the Stockholm Centre. The position presents an opportunity to join a leading research institute and contribute to the management of a growing and dynamic research environment.

Reporting to the Centre Director, the Head of Unit will manage a team of researchers and project managers and be part of the Management Team of the Stockholm Centre. The position will also provide the opportunity to actively engage in externally funded research activities within the research field of the unit.

As Head of Unit (50%), key responsibilities include:

  • Act as the immediate manager of the employees in the unit, represent the employer in all matters concerning work, i.e. performance and development dialogues, target setting, follow up and work-environment;
  • Be an active member of the Stockholm Centre management team, contributing to the strategic development of the Centre;
  • Provide overall and ongoing guidance to the unit employees, addressing management, implementation and reporting, and monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • Be responsible for the professional development of the employees in the unit;
  • Be responsible for resource planning and time reports to achieve a balanced work load for all unit employees, and across the unit; and
  • Stimulate unit employees in identifying and developing research projects in line with the SEI strategy.

As senior colleague (50%) we expect the selected candidate to:

  • Develop and lead a strong, visible and lasting research portfolio involving several SEI research employees in the field of climate, energy, and/or socio-technological transitions;
  • Interact with policymakers and other stakeholders, and represent SEI at key events; and
  • Successfully raise funds from a variety of Swedish and international funding agencies including the private sector.


The applicant should possess solid leadership, project management and research skills. She/he should have proven interdisciplinary research experience and ability to work with various stakeholders. The applicant should demonstrate an understanding of both development and environment issues in line with the SEI mission, and be able to conduct independent analysis and contribute to the creative research environment of the Stockholm Centre.

Key qualifications

  • Solid leadership skills, including a minimum of 5 years of people- and project management experience in a knowledge-based organization;
  • Strong interest and capacity to support colleagues in their development process, both as individuals and as a team;
  • Strong research and project management experience in the field of climate, energy, and/or socio-technological transitions and innovation or related ares of work;
  • Proven ability to engage in knowledge production towards high level policy making and an established network within national administration, multilateral organizations, research institutes and non-profit organizations;
  • A strong record of research project design and management, securing funding, and publications;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, for both technical and public audiences; and
  • Experience with working in international, multi-disciplinary research teams in policy environments, and with international partners.


Please use the Apply now button below to submit your applications. Applications sent via e-mail will not be accepted. Applications should be written in English and arrive at SEI as soon as possible but no later than the 4th of December, 2016. Attachments must be in PDF or Word format and should consist of a cover letter (maximum 1 page) and a CV.

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Inquiries concerning the content of the position can be directed to Maria Westerlund, Human Resources Director; [email protected]  or Louise Karlberg, Centre Director; [email protected] or The Union at SEI Stockholm which is represented in this recruitment process by Akademikerna, Marie Jürisoo ( [email protected]).

The selected candidate will be employed by SEI in Stockholm, following Swedish labor laws. Remunerations will be competitive based on the Swedish market and will be subject to Swedish income tax.