The School of School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher interested in innovation processes for sustainability (circularity) based on maintaining and processing of natural resources and ecosystem services.

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Halmstad University

Halmstad University adds value, drives innovation and prepares people and society for the future. Since the beginning in 1983, the University has been characterized as forward-thinking and cross-border. Today, the University has around 600 employees and 12,000 students. The range of education is wide and the research is internationally renowned. Halmstad University actively participates in social development through collaboration with both industry and the public sector.

The School of School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability (FIH)

The School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability is one of four faculties, with 105 employees who conduct education, research and societal collaboration within and between the subject areas of business studies, engineering and science.

The school supports talent among early-career researchers by offering competitive postdoc-employments and aims to stimulate collaboration between existing faculty and surrounding institutions, business sector and public administration. A further aim is to inspire and facilitate the education of a new generation of research trained specialists focused on foundations and implementations of innovation for sustainability transition.


The School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability (FIH) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher interested in innovation processes for sustainability (circularity) based on maintaining and processing of natural resources and ecosystem services, in contexts such as energy or food production, water management, and agriculture or forest industry. The research should be related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the transition to a fossil-free society based on the reprocessing of natural resources and ecosystem services.

Activities span from creating and capturing value from bio-based resources and residual streams and transforming these into fossil-free systems or to lead/manage business development processes in cooperation with stakeholders to support sustainable value creation and policy development. The interdisciplinary research can also deal with business model development/transformation based on resource efficiency and ecosystem services. Altogether, the research should contribute to the sustainability transition through collaboration with private and public organizations as well as civil actors.

Research is relevant to the focus area Smart Cities and Communities in the fields of Environmental Science, Business Administration and Economics

Innovation and Sustainability, Sustainable Energy systems, Strategic Entrepreneurship for International Growth

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20 % of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. Teaching could consist of taking part in courses at the Bachelor program Environment, Innovation and Sustainability (180hp) or on the master program Applied Environmental Science.

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.


  • PhD in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Economics, Innovation Science, Sustainable development, or other relevant subjects

  • High proficiency in both spoken and written English.

  • A postdoctoral position requires that the doctoral degree, or an international degree deemed to be equivalent, was awarded within three years of the application deadline unless there are special reasons.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Documented experience in interdisciplinary research with connection to sustainable innovation.
  • Documented ability and experience of research in collaboration with public or private partners.
  • Documented ability to develop and conduct good quality research. Good publication track record.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the national agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) dated 2008-09-04.


Applications should be sent via Halmstad University's recruitment system Varbi (see link on this page) and be written in English.

The application package shall consist of:

  • a cover letter stating the purpose of the application together with a description of future research plans
  • a CV that includes at least a list of previous degrees, with dates and institutions, certified with relevant diplomas and certificates.
  • a complete list of publications with 2-3 most relevant ones for this position marked. Links to online copies.
  • a brief description of what the applicant invokes based on the requirements specification and assessment criteria. Any documents proven the information.
  • contact information for at least three references.

General Information

We value the qualities that gender balance and diversity bring to our organization. We therefor welcome applicants with different backgrounds, gender, functionality and, not least, life experience.

We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

More information about working at Halmstad University:

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Anställningsform Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Anställningens omfattning Heltid
Tillträde Efter överenskommelse
Löneform Månadslön
Antal lediga befattningar 1
Sysselsättningsgrad 100%
Ort Halmstad
Län Hallands län
Land Sverige
Referensnummer 2021/76
  • Head of Dept. Charlotte Olsson,
  • Docent Pia Ulvenblad,
  • Prof. Marie Mattsson,
  • Docent Fawzi Halila,
Facklig företrädare
  • Kristina Hildebrand, Saco-S, 070-7721015
  • Anniqa Lagergren, OFR, 035-167655
  • Camilla Soto, ST, 035-167242
Publicerat 2021-07-06
Sista ansökningsdag 2021-09-01

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