Postdoctoral fellow food systems justice

  • Contract
  • FullTime

Stockholm University

1 Jul 2023
Job Information

Stockholm University
Research Field
Environmental science » Earth science
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
22 Jul 2023 – 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

at Stockholm Resilience Centre . Closing date: 23 July 2023

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a research centre on resilience and sustainability science at Stockholm University. The Centre advances the scientific understanding of the complex, dynamic interactions of people and nature in the Biosphere; train the next generation of sustainability researchers and leaders; and engage in collaborations with change agents. It is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The SRC currently employs around 135 members of staff.

Project description
We are hiring a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the field of healthy and sustainable diets, with a specific focus on food systems justice. The candidate will work with the international EAT-Lancet 2.0 Commission (herein “the Commission”) and conduct reviews of how to ensure healthy diets for all, within planetary and social justice boundaries. The interdisciplinary commission consists of 25 Commissioners from 19 countries, with backgrounds in e.g. public health, agriculture and food systems, political science, behavior change, food justice and environmental sustainability and the Post Doc will be working in a team of several other Post Docs and Early Career Scientists connected to different working groups in the Commission.

Main responsibilities
The overall scope of the Commission is to understand how to feed 10 billion people a healthy diet, within planetary boundaries, in ways that are affordable and accessible for all. The main responsibilities of this post doc position will be to work with the justice working group of the Commission, and support Commissioners with reviews and analyses of different justice dimensions within food systems activities and outcomes. It includes developing case studies and reviews demonstrating differential outcomes across groups and regions, and strategies to address injustices and create more inclusive food systems. The Post Doc will work primarily with qualitative analyses, but elements of quantitative analyses will be included. The analyses will be global in scope, but focus on diversity of pathways in different geographic regions and for different socio-economic groups compatible with global outcomes of healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the core EAT-Lancet 2.0 publication, but will also have the opportunity to conduct standalone scientific papers in close collaboration with other researchers in the Commission. The candidate will also be given opportunities to engage with policy and business communities at the national and international level and will be provided training and mentorship on effective science communication. 

The candidate will be employed at SRC, at Stockholm University, but will work with researchers across the globe, with some flexibility in terms of location depending on the tasks being undertaken and the collaboration with other commissioners. The main supervisors will be Prof. Line Gordon (SRC), Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, CGIAR, Prof. Nitya Rao (University of East Anglia), Prof. Christina Hicks (University of Lancaster), along with other Commissioners and Scientists in the Justice working group. Interaction across working groups (Transformation, Healthy Diets, Sustainable Production, and Food Systems Modelling) are welcome and encouraged. The postdoctoral fellow will also be part of a group of early career scientists connected to the Commission who will serve as a peer group supported by regular meetings and interactions.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process attention will be given to research skills needed for the position.

  • A track record demonstrating excellence in empirical analyses, notably synthesis research, of food systems nutrition and/or sustainability as related to food system governance and/or justice, and which is demonstrated in academic outputs in the form of scientific publications
  • Skills in reviewing and synthesizing literature, narrative and quantitative analysis, and engagement with the conceptual implications of justice on diets, livelihoods and the environment, drawing on specific examples around nutritional and/or environmental aspects of food systems (e.g. water equity, nutrient recommendations, protection of labour rights and contracts).
  • Shown ability to formulate own original research ideas and conduct research independently
  • Willingness to work as part of a transdisciplinary team, and evidence of previous work with researchers from different disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate research ideas and results and an interest engage with stakeholders outside the academic community
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills (Swedish is not a requirement).

In the recruitment, emphasis will be placed on personal suitability. We are looking for a person who has the ability to work in an international, fast-paced environment. You are responsible, responsive, and a good team player. You are self-motivated, take responsibility for your tasks and have a structured way of working. You are used to prioritizing and can keep an overview of a complex organization while delivering on concrete tasks.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Director of SRC, Line Gordon, [email protected] , telephone: +46 73 707 85 29, (or Astrid Auraldsson Sjögren, [email protected] , telephone: +46 73 460 47 67).

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, [email protected] , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, [email protected] , and [email protected] (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application:

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

We look forward to your application!

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Research Field
Environmental science
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Research Field
Environmental science » Earth science
Years of Research Experience
1 – 4

Research Field
Environmental science » Global change
Years of Research Experience
1 – 4

Additional Information
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Stockholm University
Postal Code
Albanovägen 28

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