Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Law with focus on Large Scale Collective Action
Diary id: PAR 2018/660
Employment level: Time limited employment (temporary)
Location: Department of Law
Apply by: 2018-06-18
The postdoctoral position is placed at The Department of Law within the School of Business, Economics and Law. The School offers an impressive breadth, with over 8 300 students, 450 staff members, 150 international partner universities, four departments and three main subject areas – business, economics and law. The Department of Law counts more than 100 employees, approximately 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 20 doctoral students.
The Department of Law has established itself as the leading institution in Sweden and a prominent one internationally with respect to research focused on complex, policy relevant legal issues pertaining to use and management of the oceans and their resources. More information about the Department of Law is available at www.law.gu.se.
Founded in 2016, the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) is an inter-disciplinary centre of researchers at the University of Gothenburg. CeCAR involves experts from the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the School of Business Economics and Law, the Faculty of Arts as well as the Faculty of Education. The centre is funded within the framework of UGOT Challenges, i.e. a University of Gothenburg research initiative where the University invests 300 million SEK in six multidisciplinary research centres addressing some of today’s global societal challenges.
CeCAR is primarily concerned with identifying the conditions under which successful Large Scale Collective Action (LSCA) occur. Several of the threats and challenges the world faces today, not least environmental and natural resource related issues, demand collective solutions where the self-interest of individual actors may conflict with the long-term collective interest. Collective action at smaller scales has been famously studied not least by Elinor Ostrom, but large-scale collective actions are hard to achieve and not sufficiently understood. CeCAR offers rich opportunities for collaboration over traditional disciplinary boundaries. For more information about CeCAR, please see https://cecar.gu.se.
Within CeCAR there are ongoing research activities relating to nudging. Although there are many definitions of nudging an oft quoted one is that a nudge is a change in any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives (Thaler and Sunstein, 2009). Although nudges should not compel those subjected to them to act in a predetermined way the ‘choice architecture’ as such may be subject to legal requirements meaning that legal instruments are used to prescribe actions or conditions that in relation to the final addressee are considered nudges. This may, depending on the precise nature of the measures and the context, raise issues of legality, privacy, personal autonomy, etc.
The position includes at least 80 per cent research and a maximum of 20 per cent teaching and/or administrative duties.
The successful candidate is expected to conduct research founded in law and relating to some aspect of Large Scale Collective Action. The research may relate to the preconditions for successful LSCA e.g. in terms of institutional structures, incentives, mechanism for compliance and/or enforcement, or dispute settlement. It may relate to nudging as an instrument for managing LSCA but that is in no way a requirement.
The candidate is expected to contribute to the research and teaching environment at the Department of Law and to participate in transdisciplinary collaboration activities with CeCAR.
The candidate is also expected to participate in drafting of applications for external research funding, to publish high quality research and contribute to the advancement of the academic environment.
To be eligible for employment as a post doctor in Law, the applicant must hold a Swedish doctoral degree in Law or a foreign doctoral degree in Law which can be assessed to be the equivalent of a Swedish LLD.
The position of post doctor aims to give recently graduated holders of a doctoral degree the opportunity mainly to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency. The successful candidate should have gained his/her doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of this call.
A candidate who has acquired a doctorate at an earlier date may also be eligible if there are special reasons. Special reasons are considered to be sick leave, military service, commissions of trust within professional and student organizations or parental leave or other similar circumstances.
The position will be offered to the applicant who is considered best suited to fulfill the job assignments and contribute to the research environment, based on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s scientific skills and potential.
Projects involving marine management or (and) nudging (broadly defined) might be of particular interest for this post-doctoral position. Projects relating to other LSCA-challenges, such as climate change, could also benefit from and contribute to the research environment.
Other assessment criteria are: documented interest and ability to collaborate over disciplinary boundaries; skills relevant for the initiation of projects, for cooperation with the surrounding society, and for the dissemination of research results.
The recruitment process will entail interviews, pilot lectures and a hearing of references.
Type of position: Full-time, fixed-term position during 2 years
Location: Department of Law, Gothenburg.
Starting date: upon agreement, but preferably in the early Fall of 2018.
For further information, please contact
Thomas Erhag, Head of Department +46 31 786 5189 email@example.com
David Langlet, Professor +46 31 786 1517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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How to apply
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The application should include:
- Resume/CV and personal details. Educational certificates, diplomas etc. should be attached.
- An indicative plan of maximum of two pages for the research the applicant intends to carry out if she/he is offered the position.
- A brief written account of the applicant’s own academic research activities.
- Maximum three publications.
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