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Future Earth vacancy: Global Sustainability Postdoctoral Researcher (Sweden)

Future Earth is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to lead a targeted global sustainability synthesis. This position for a Future Earth Fellow is a one-year sabbatical and will be based at Future Earth’s Global Hub in Sweden located at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.  

The deadline for applications is 18 April 2017. For more information about this position or to apply, read the announcement here.

The focus of the fellowship will be:

  • Synthesis and integration of scenarios and pathways to a sustainable world by 2050
  • Manage integration between three related initiatives: The World in 2050 (TWI2050), Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES) and Future Earth’s Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge-Action Network

The successful applicant will manage a major synthesis effort, which may require some modelling, to provide policy-relevant new insights related to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within planetary boundaries by 2050. We are interested in the following areas:

  • Planetary health: Feeding 9.7 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries
  • Rapid transformation from urban sprawl to sustainable cities
  • Alternative pathways to zero emissions by 2050

We encourage applicants with deep knowledge of one of these areas who are seeking to expand their knowledge in other areas. However, we are willing to explore other avenues relating to SDG scenarios and pathways for example, with regards to: equity and equality, gender, education, resilience, consumption and production, technological diffusion and artificial intelligence.

The aim of the project will be to elucidate pathways and levers for deep transformations based on new research and synthesis and analysis of existing research to provide new insights. The successful candidate will develop the project with AIMES and TWI2050 principal investigators (Peter Cox, Sander Van der Leeuw, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Johan Rockström) and other researchers and work closely with the Earth League’s “Earth docs” based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The Future Earth Global Sustainability Postdoctoral Research will also provide some coordination for related Future Earth activities.

The analysis and synthesis will entail meta-analysis and coordination of inter-comparisons. It is expected to lead to publications in high-profile interdisciplinary journals and other intellectual products.

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