Research Assistant in Environmental Science, specialising in sustainability studies linked to coasts and oceans

Södertörn University

Huddinge, Sweden 🇸🇪


Ref AP-2023/485

Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University) in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 13 000 students and 840 employees. Undergraduate and postgraduate education and research are conducted in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Technology and Education. Our site is in Flemingsberg. Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.

The School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies has around 110 employees, who include teaching staff/researchers, doctoral students and administrative staff. Transdisciplinary activities are a priority for education and research, with researchers and students from varying subjects working together to make active contributions that strengthen multidisciplinarity. Environmental Science is a broad, multidisciplinary area that focuses on increasing understanding of fundamental natural processes, societal functions, sustainable development and how issues relating to the environment and development can be managed in practice. Research in Environmental Science at Södertörn University focuses on two integrated themes: (1) Sustainability challenges and pathways and (2) Environment. These themes, as well as research in Environmental Science at Södertörn University, are described in more detail here.

OCEANS PACT is a five-year international research project that aims to create knowledge and capabilities to facilitate the analysis, productive management and, where possible, transformation of conflicts regarding interests and goals linked to coasts and oceans. The project builds upon a co-designed transdisciplinary and action-focused research strategy. A broad array of conflicts that range across the Global South and North are compared, in South Africa, India, Brazil, Norway/Barents Sea, Estonia/Baltic sea and the United States. The created knowledge is used to develop and test tools and practices for conflict resolution/transformation and their capacity to contribute to sustainable development objectives. The project is funded by FORMAS, a Swedish Government research council for sustainable development, via the international Belmont Forum programme for sustainable oceans. It is a partnership between Södertörn University and researchers and stakeholders from Brazil, the US, Norway, South Africa and India.

We are now welcoming applications for the position of research assistant in Environmental Science, specialising in sustainability studies linked to coasts and oceans

Job description
Tasks include research and scientific communication as part of an international research project, OCEANS PACT – Sustainability Pathways for Achieving Conflict Transformation. The successful candidate will help researchers perform qualitative case studies about conflicts linked to a proposed offshore wind farm near the island of Hiiumaa in Estonia. Tasks will also include administration for the project’s website, organising project meetings and conferences and supporting the project leader with follow-ups and reporting. The project’s primary working language is English. 

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Environmental Science, or a closely related subject focusing on the social sciences (e.g. cultural geography, sociology, political science)
  • The position requires the level of English necessary to conduct interviews and communicate scientific findings orally and in writing
  • Good cooperation skills
  • Good administrative skills
  • Proficiency in Swedish 

 Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, or a closely related subject focusing on the social sciences (e.g. cultural geography, sociology, political science).
  • Proven experience in research using a case study approach, with qualitative research methods such as interviews
  • Good communication skills in science communication, including popular science and academic writing
  • Experience of managing/updating websites
  • Proficiency in Estonian 

This full-time position is for a fixed term of up to 12 months. First date of employment as soon as possible or as agreed. 

Application deadline: 30 September 2023. 

Additional information
Deputy project leader: Fred Saunders, , +46 (0)8 608 4966
Head of Department: Karin Ebert,
HR Generalist: Marie Granroth,

The current employment is valid on condition that the employment decision becomes valid.

An application that is not complete or arrives at Södertörn University after the closing date may be rejected.

Welcome with your application!

Union representatives:
SEKO: Henry Wölling tel: +46 8 524 840 80,

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