Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

We are looking for a senior research engineer in Political Science. As a senior research engineer within the Political science unit you will be part of the research environment of the Social Sciences Division, which has some 70 employees. You will be placed in the Political Science unit, which has around 15 employees.

Research at the Social Sciences Division is mainly oriented towards social science aspects of natural resource, environmental and energy issues. Research at the Division is carried out in intra-disciplinary as well as in multidisciplinary projects where economists collaborate with the other disciplines in the Division, as well as with other researchers within the university and elsewhere. We strive for a clear international orientation in our research.

Subject description
Political Science is the scientific study of politics and political systems, and comprises both empirical and theoretical studies. The research is primarily concerned with issues regarding how individuals and interest groups as well as various political and administrative systems deal with natural resources, energy and environmentally related conflicts and agreements. Disciplinary orientation is mainly public policy and administration, institutional analysis, comparative politics, public opinion studies and political theory.

As a senior research engineer, you are expected to support ongoing research projects in the subject through, for example, literature reviews, analyzes, work with Dataset and data management, logistics on travel and workshops, work on developing research applications and project budgets, and more. The tasks also include participation in the subject’s basic education and perform various administrative tasks. You will be based in Luleå, but your duties might also entail travelling for research and conferences. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to influence Departmental, Divisional, and unit activities, and we therefore value people with initiative and drive.

For senior research engineer a bachelor’s degree in Political Science or equivalent is required. Higher degree is a merit. Experience working with environmental, energy, natural resource issues (from an advanced level as well as from research or other work) is a merit. You should be analytical, used to working independently and sometimes under time pressure. You should also be able to write and speak Swedish fluently. Good knowledge of English is a merit. Experience in writing reports to, for example, authorities is a merit. Previous experience of work as a research engineer, research assistant or similar is also a merit. In addition to this, independence, initiative, creativity and good cooperative ability are highly valued for the announced position.

Further information
Employment as a research engineer is limited to 6 months.

For further information about the position, please contact Simon Matti, Professor and Chair of the Political Science unit, (+46)920-49 2331, or Jerry Blomberg, Head of the Social Sciences Division, (+46)920-49 2335,

Union representatives:SACO-S Kjell Johansson, (+46)920-49 1529, OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. 
The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: 942-2023
Closing date for applications: March 20, 2023


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