NEWS 2021-01-11

Research assistant

The Inequality and the Biosphere project is a FORMAS funded research initiative at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The project seeks to improve our knowledge about how to reduce socio-economic inequalities while maintaining healthy marine and terrestrial ecosystems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

We are looking for a research assistant with a Master’s Degree or similar to help us advance a range of new research ideas.

Read more about the project

The work will be distributed across the work packages of the Inequality and the Biosphere project, in particular those focusing on identifying the patterns and processes by which inequalities interact with the environment. This will require an ability to synthesise information from different sources.

The initial tasks will involve desk-based data collection and literature reviews spanning the natural and social sciences as well as interdisciplinary research fields, so applicants should be prepared to combine multiple tasks of possibly varying nature and feel comfortable with engaging with different bodies of research.

Candidates with strong analytical skills (quantitative or qualitative), and experience with interdisciplinary work and literature reviews, are encouraged to apply. Skills with ArcGIS and/or other programming languages are appreciated, but not necessary. Candidates must be highly proficient in spoken and written English and must be EU residents to be eligible for the position.


The assistant will work closely with our team of interdisciplinary researchers to compile and review literature (scientific and “grey” literature), identify, collect, organise and analyse relevant data, and summarise important work related to the specific topic in focus. The assistant may also support communication and outreach work, educational activities, as well as help organise, and participate in, international meetings and workshops with researchers and stakeholders.


100% for 12 months (with possible extension), ideally starting from March 1st 2021 (both are negotiable).


According to agreement.

How to apply

Last application date: 2021-01- 15.

Applications should include:

  • CV
  • Any relevant publications (if you have) or writing sample (e.g. MSc thesis)
  • A description of your skills and experience as they relate to those called for in the job description
  • Contact details to at least two references

Applications should be e-mailed to Sofia-Kristin Kokinelis, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences:

Please note: Send your application as one file (pdf). No other documents will be considered at the initial stage.

Send your application as soon as possible, as we will be conducting interviews on a regular basis until mid-January.

Union representatives

At the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences – Sila Özguven (SACO), 08-673 95 08.