Postdoctoral position at the nexus of governance and disaster risk

Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning

The Swedish Defence University is an internationally renowned university in the area of defence, crisis management and security. We offer a unique academic environment where military and civilian researchers, teachers and students interact. We educate and train top-level executives, experts, and researchers for the task of analyzing and managing current and future crises, security issues and conflicts. The university educates all military officers in the Swedish armed forces and leads the academic progression of the military profession. We conduct research in the areas of Law with a focus on International and Operational Law, Leadership and Command & Control, Military History, Political Science, Systems Science for Defence and Security and War Studies.

Weather extremes and climate variability pose major challenges and demands for social-environmental systems to address the needs of societies, reduce vulnerabilities as well as protect endangered habitats and ecosystems. By focusing on governance and leadership in a climate change and disaster context, the successful applicant should advance our knowledge of disaster risk reduction and/or contribute to enhancing societies’ ability to prevent, adapt to and cope with climate variability and natural hazards.

If this sounds interesting to you and you have a PhD in social or behavioural sciences with relevance to the proposed topic, you are most welcome to apply for this postdoctoral position in the Department of Leadership and Command & Control at the Swedish Defense University (SEDU) in Stockholm. We welcome both Swedish and international applicants.

Leadership and Command & Control is an interdisciplinary subject that draws on and develops knowledge from behavioral science, social science and design science. The subjects of study are individuals and groups, functions and technical support as well as how they interact in defense, crisis management and security systems. We also study organizations and the conditions they provide for individuals' behavior. The subject enables studies at different analytical levels and the units of analysis can be individuals, organizations and societies. The department's research and education is closely linked to practices within the Swedish University of Defence's main area; defence, crisis management and security.

The research is also part of the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), a center for research on disaster risk reduction and crisis management. CNDS is a collaboration between Uppsala University, Karlstad University and the Swedish Defence University. We particularly welcome applicants with an interest to contribute to this multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research environment.



PhD in political science, sociology, anthropology, or another subject that the employer deems relevant. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. As the research is conducted in an international environment and scientific articles will be written in English, the ability to communicate in English (spoken and written) at a high level is an absolute requirement. Experience from conducting empirical research in political science, sociology, governance, leadership, international relations, disaster science, and/or any related area is a strong merit. It is also meritorious [HH1] to have published in scientific journals. As the project is funded by the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), the candidate is expected to participate in the activities of the centre together with other researchers at SEDU. The applicant must have the personal qualities required to complete the position well.


Kindly submit your application through the SEDU recruitment system no later than 240116

The application should entail the following documentation:

Research plan including introduction, a problem statement and research question(s), a literature review, the research methods, the expected results, and a timetable (max. 5 pages) Doctoral dissertation Brief personal letter Brief description of the candidate’s pedagogical competence and teaching experience. CV Contact information for two references. If applicable, published article(s)

The research plan will be assessed based on (a) the applicant’s empirical and theoretical familiarity with the project’s research field, (b) the applicant’s selection of and reflection on suitable methods, (c) the project’s relevance for and contribution to the field and (d) feasibility within the period of employment.


The position

The postdoctoral position is a two-year full time position located in Stockholm. At least 80% are dedicated to the candidate’s postdoctoral research project.

The employment may be extended by a further maximum of one year.

Candidates who obtained their PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

To be able to fulfil the postdoctoral agreement, the condition is that the employee have not been employed as a post doctor under this agreement for more than a year within the same or similar subject of study with the same employer.

Start of position

According to individual agreement.

Salary and benefits

The Swedish Defence University applies individual salary setting.


The application is submitted via Varbi. Kindly state reference number HF/HR

The application deadline is 2024-01-16

Further information

For any further information about the position, please contact:

Helena Hermansson, associate professor at the Department of Leadership and Command & Control

Stefan Borén, head of Stockholm division[HH4] , Department of Leadership and Command & Control,

Union representatives are Johan Österberg (SACO-S), Anders Oltorp (OFR/O) and Christian Friman (OFR/S-Försvarsförbundet).

All can be reached by phone 08-553 425 00 (switchboard).


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number HF/HR 284/2023
  • Helena Hermansson, +468-55342722
Union representative
  • OFR/O, OFR/
  • SACO,
  • OFR/S, OFR/
Published 19.Dec.2023
Last application date 16.Jan.2024 11:59 PM CET

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