Professor in political science - focus on governance of natural resources


The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences 
The Department of Urban and Rural Development

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Subject area
The subject includes political science with focus on governance of natural resources. The starting point of the subject lies in the complex interplay between ecosystems and society, as well as related societal conflicts of goals and interests.

The professor is expected to lead a research group, which includes administrative duties.

The candidate, should, within the subject area

• develop and lead a strong research environment with internationally recognized and successful research
• develop research and teaching in close collaboration with other researchers and teachers at the faculty and university
• address research issues with multi- and interdisciplinary approaches
• apply for external research funding at national and international level
• contribute to the development of CBM
• lead, develop and participate in education at basic and advance level
• participate in PhD training and supervising PhD students
• develop and maintain national and international networks and collaborations with academia, and relevant agencies, organizations, the industry and stakeholders
• support the strategic development of the department and faculty
• collaborate with others within the department and at other departments within and outside SLU
• actively collaborate with other research groups within SLU in order to strengthen interdisciplinary research at the university
• disseminate research findings and contribute with relevant knowledge to society/the public
• be able to communicate in Swedish within four years.

The successful candidate shall

• have a PhD and competence as associate professor (docent) or equivalent academic qualifications
• be scientifically skilled within the subject area of this appointment
• have experience of collaboration with stakeholders
• have demonstrated a proven ability to lead and develop a successful research group
• have a proven ability to obtain external research funding in competition
• be pedagogically skilled
• have ability to integrate research and scientific perspectives in teaching
• good ability to communicate in written and spoken English.

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria for appointment for this position will primarily be based on the degree of skills to which the applicant have in the subject.

The assessment of scientific skills will consider the ability to

• initiate, lead and deliver innovative and excellent research
• independently initiate and pursue outstanding research
• obtain external research funding in competition. 

The assessment of pedagogic skills will consider the ability to

• convey and implement his/her pedagogic vision
• plan, conduct and evaluate teaching and research
• supervise and examinate doctoral students. 

The assessment of collaboration skills will consider the ability to integrate and cooperate with relevant stakeholders and society.

It is a merit to have conducted multi- or interdisciplinary research and / or research in transdisciplinary collaborations. It is also a merit to have worked with the governance of biodiversity.

Assessment of pedagogic and scientific skills shall be given equal consideration.

Emphasis will be placed on the applicant's personal suitability and abilities.


This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at

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Application deadline

Place of work
Uppsala, Sweden


Form of employment
Permanent employment

Starting date
By agreement.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Arbetsplats: Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
  • 1 plats
  • Tills vidare
  • Heltid
  • Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön
  • Publicerat: 6 maj 2022
  • Ansök senast: 1 juli 2022

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