Postdoctoral position (Postdoc) in social science sustainability research

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University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland
Apr 11, 2021
May 17, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics at the University of Basel welcomes applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher for the project "Ecovillages as Incubators for Sustainability Transitions", beginning June 1, 2021. The research project will focus on the role of ecovillages in local sustainability transitions within different regional contexts. It explores under what conditions ecovillages diffuse sustainability innovations in their local social environment. The position encompasses a 70% work load with a four-year contract. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jens Koehrsen, the project team will consist of the postdoctoral researcher, two Ph.D. students and at least one research assistant. The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Your position
  • Coordination of the project tasks and the team
  • Qualitative and quantitative methodologies and data analysis utilizing software programs (e.g. MAXQDA, SPSS)
  • Writing and revising empirical reports and research articles for leading journals in environmental studies
  • Organizing, supervising and conducting university courses and various events (e.g., workshops, penal discussions)

Your profile
  • Doctoral degree in sustainability research, sociology, human geography or a similar discipline
  • Strong understanding of sustainability research in the social sciences as well as an interest in studying ecovillages
  • Experience in qualitative research methods and, optionally, in quantitative methods
  • Very good written and spoken English language skills (C1 or higher). German and Spanish are an advantage, but not required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to coordinate teams
  • Track record of publishing in established academic journals
  • High degree of flexibility and willingness to live and work in different locations across the globe
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and social skills

We offer you
  • Attractive job conditions with leadership duties
  • Diverse tasks with meaningful impact at different locations worldwide
  • Work in a motivated and dynamic team
  • Interesting research in a field with strong societal relevance
  • Opportunity to expand and develop your competencies for a continuing academic career
  • Networking with sustainability researchers and practitioners

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