Karlstads universitet / Institutionen för miljö- och livsvetenskaper

Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members.

Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff.

This PhD-student position is affiliated to the Centre for Climate and Safety (CCS) and the national Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS). CCS is a multi-disciplinary competence centre in the field of management of climate-related risks (www.kau.se/en/ccs). CNDS is a centre for research on natural hazards and risks that brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from different departments at Uppsala University, the Swedish Defence University, and Karlstad University (www.cnds.se). The PhD student will be admitted in Risk- and Environmental Studies at Karlstad University.

The 5 year position is financed through one of the government’s strategic research areas and the employment starts as soon as possible, but no later than 1 January 2018..

Window of opportunity for change in disaster risk science
Disasters can bring important changes, positive or negative, in society and its interplay with ecological systems. There is often a general expectation that the reconstruction after natural hazards ravages will lead to reducing the risk of similar damage and disruption to arise again. This expectation can literary be described as a window of opportunity for change that opened, a concept that includes political, social, economic, technological and environmental dimensions. One can also describe the window from the fact that natural hazards through their impact reveal some shortcomings in society's risk management and not necessarily only linked to an extreme and unusual event. The aim of this PhD project is to increase knowledge about the changes that actually occur after natural hazard forced disasters and to discuss various obstacles and success factors in society's reconstruction. There is a lack of literature on studies that describe the nature and evolution of these changes in different time perspectives. Theoretically, the project includes concepts like complexity, systemic dependencies, a dynamic community development and lessons learning. Dissertation work involves interdisciplinary studies and collaborations.

Possible research design: Case studies of past disasters, nationally and internationally in various time horizons, based on theoretical frameworks. Data collection through interviews and document studies are probable approaches.

Other type of duties, usually teaching and administrative tasks, will require up to 20% of the student’s time. Information on postgraduate studies is found on the university website: www.kau.se/en/research/doctoral-studies. Local guidelines exist for salary levels.

Eligible for this position are candidates with a university degree of 240 ECTS, from which at least 60 ECTS were awarded for courses at advanced level and have a Master’s degree or the Swedish Magister degree in environmental science, risk management, or equivalent disciplines relevant to the field of risk and environmental studies. International applicants who have achieved corresponding/equivalent degrees are also eligible to apply.

Strong motivation and ability to work independently are important qualities. We require good oral and written proficiency in English.

The selection is based on individual assessments of the applicant's ability to benefit from the research training and successfully pass the research education. Expressed interest in interdisciplinary research is important.

The application is done electronically and attachments can be uploaded:

  • A verified CV
  • Copies of relevant publications
  • A letter to demonstrate the applicant’s research interests in relation to the announced position
  • Copies of relevant diplomas, certificates and recommendation letters

Non-electronic documents (state registration number REK 2017/164) can be sent to: Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology, Att: Åsa Ivansson, 651 88 Karlstad, Sweden.

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Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2017/164
  • For the position: Magnus Johansson, , magnus.johansson@kau.se, 0730-36 26 96
  • For CNDS: Giuliano Di Badassarre,, giuliano.dibaldassarre@geo.uu.se, 018-471 70 28
Union representative
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 14 34
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 17 14
Published 19.Jun.2017
Last application date 15.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CET

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