Ref TEMA-2023-00154

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We are now looking to appoint a postdoc in the field of Technology and social Change 

Work assignments

The postdoc research will deal with questions related to the transition of Swedish cities towards climate-neutrality. The position will be part of the research project “Beyond pilots: Accelerating energy system change for climate neutral cities” which investigates how demonstrations of system change in cities are designed and conceptualized, how their transformative potential can be assessed, and how they can cross-fertilize each other. Moreover, the postdoc will contribute to the Swedish strategic innovation programme “Viable Cities”. A key challenge here will be to study how to map and monitor processes of transformative socio-technical change towards sustainability, and how to make them legible and governable. Research in the project comprises conducting interviews, collecting documents and texts and qualitative analysis of these sources. Work requires close collaboration with project partners and municipalities and shall result in the publication of articles in international journals. 

As postdoc, you will principally carry out research. A certain amount of teaching may be part of your duties, up to a maximum of 20% of working hours. 


To be qualified to take employment as postdoc, you must have been awarded a doctoral degree or have a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree.  This degree must have been awarded at the latest by the point at which LiU makes its decision to employ you. 

It is considered advantageous if your doctoral degree is no older than three years at application deadline for this job. If there are special reasons for having an older doctoral degree – such as taking statutory leave – then these may be taken into consideration. 

Documented scientific skills in methods of qualitative social science is a requirement, as is proficiency in English language, both written and spoken. Documented scientific skills within sustainability transition studies; science, technology and innovation studies; urban planning, environmental governance or related subjects will be regarded as a particular merit. Having collaborated with municipalities or other actors within urban climate transitions is meriting as well. Documented skills in Swedish are a merit. 

The workplace

You will be employed at the Division of Technology and Social Change. Tema T is a nationally and internationally leading environment for research and education in how people create and use technology, and how technological change is interwoven with cultural patterns, everyday life, politics, ethics and economy. Third cycle and first cycle studies specialising in issues of technology and social change are carried out at the department. 

The employment

This post is a temporary contract of two years with the possibility of extension up to a total maximum of three years.  The position as a postdoc is full-time.

Starting date
According to mutual agreement. 

Salary and employment benefits

Salaries at the university are set individually. State your desired salary in the application.

More information about employee benefits is available here.

Union representatives

Information about trade union contacts can be found here.

Application procedure

Apply for this position by clicking on the button labelled “Apply” below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than 15 September, 2023.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives – diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody’s equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application!
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Contact persons

Harald Rohracher


+46 13 28 29 75

Jelmer Brüggemann

Head of Division

+46 13 28 29 58

Camilla Junström Hammar

HR manager

+ 46 13 28 21 20

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