Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Postdoc Position in Global Sustainability Governance, Utrecht University

Application deadline: 1 March 2019

Utrecht University has opened a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the field of Global Sustainability Governance/Earth System Governance.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will become part of the new, cutting-edge international research programme “Global Governance through Goals? Assessing and Explaining the Steering Effects of the UN Sustainable Development Goals” (GlobalGoals). This research programme is directed by Professor Frank Biermann and funded through an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. The postdoctoral researcher will analyse the global steering effects of the Sustainable Development Goals as part of a team of four faculty members and four PhD candidates within the broader framework and research design of the GlobalGoals programme.

Job requirements

We expect successful candidates to bring a strong interest and broad expertise in the field of global sustainability governance/earth system governance, as evidenced by a doctoral dissertation and/or related postdoctoral experience in this field of study. There is no special disciplinary requirement. With a view to the research design of the GLOBALGOALS project, we are looking especially for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong affinity to, and experience in, the theory of international relations and world politics. Affinity with quantitative methods and approaches in political science/international relations, especially in social network analysis, and/or a strong affinity to, and experience in, discourse analysis with a focus on international relations, is especially welcome.

In addition, we expect the Postdoctoral Researcher to have excellent communication skills, to be a good team player and to have a strong affinity with working in an interdisciplinary and international research environment. The working language of the Institute is English.

Teaching is not formally required in this position. However, if so desired, a limited involvement in the Faculty’s teaching programmes is possible.

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Monday 4 February 2019