Professor in Sustainability Science, with a focus on Sustainable Food Systems – The Curt Bergfors Professorship

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The Curt Bergfors Professorship at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, SRC. Closing date: 30 June 2020.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is part of the Faculty of Science at Stockholm University. It currently employs ca 130 members of staff with an additional 18 Master’s students. The educational focus is on sustainability science and the research focuses on the resilience of social-ecological systems, sustainable cities, and ocean governance.


Sustainability science, with a focus on sustainable food systems.

Subject description

The subject for the Curt Bergfors professorship is interdisciplinary research on sustainable development, including studies of the interactions between ecological and social systems, and in particular how food systems influence human health and the resilience of the biosphere.

Main responsibilities

Research, leadership and coordination of interdisciplinary research project, supervision, and some teaching.

Qualification requirements

A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching skills is qualified for the position as professor. In order to be appointed as a professor, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

-Well-documented research skills at a high international level

-Documented pedagogical skills

All teaching positions at Stockholm University require the ability to collaborate and the general ability and suitability to perform one’s duties.

Assessment criteria

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills, followed in importance by the ability to develop and lead interdisciplinary research activities and staff, administrative skills, and the ability to collaborate with the community and convey information about research and development. Attention will also be given to pedagogical skills.

The assessment of research skills will focus primarily on merits within the subject area of the position.

Teaching and learning in higher education

Completed training in teaching and learning in higher education is an advantage. An applicant who has not completed at least 15 credits of teaching and learning in higher education and is not considered to have otherwise acquired the corresponding knowledge should undergo such training within the first two years of employment.

Additional information

The position is funded by The Curt Bergfors Foundation for ten years.

Proficiency in Swedish is not a requirement at the time of appointment, but the candidate should be prepared to carry out teaching and administrative duties that require good command of Swedish within a couple of years of employment.

Female applicants are particularly welcome, as most professors at the Faculty are men. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


For further information about the position, please contact professor Henrik Osterblom, science director, Stockholm Resilience Centre: +46 8 674 76 64,

For questions regarding the application process, please contact administrator Katarina Gustafsson, telephone: +46 8 16 22 92,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackforbundet ST/Lararforbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position through Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

We would appreciate if your application is written in English since it will be examined by international experts, and English is the working language at SRC.

The University’s rules of employment and instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants. The specific criteria for assessment of research and teaching skills within the Faculty of Science are available at: Guidelines – Employment.

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