Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Economics and Policy Analysis

Duration: 2 years, with possibility of renewal or development into a permanent position
Start date: March/April 2013 – exact date is negotiable but early spring preferred
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Application deadline: January 20, 2013

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

SEI is an independent, international research institute founded in 1989. Its mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. In January 2012, SEI was ranked number eight out of the world’s top environment think tanks in the 2011 Global Go To Think Tank Report, compiled by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

SEI has about 180 staff members working at research centres in six countries around the world. Our centres are located in the United Kingdom (SEI-York and SEI-Oxford), the United States (SEI-USA in Boston with sub-units in Seattle and locations in California), in Bangkok, Thailand (SEI’s Asia Centre) and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (SEI’s Africa Centre). SEI headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden, where we also have the Stockholm Centre with approximately 60 staff members.


SEI has a growing international research portfolio in the fields of energy systems, climate change policy and global development. Through our programme we are supporting governments and multilateral agencies, development banks and other high level change agents around the world. We now need to expand our team. We are recruiting a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow in Economics and policy analysis with strong skills in energy and climate issues. The new position presents an opportunity to join a leading research institute and contribute to the management of a growing dynamic research environment, with flexibility to follow one’s own interests. The level of the position will be determined based on the qualification of the selected candidate.

The successful candidate will:

  • Strengthen SEI’s global economics and policy analysis capacity
  • Lead SEI’s engagement in specific strategic policy support processes related to climate change, energy systems and global development.
  • Contribute to project, programme and strategy development world wide

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan, develop and implement innovative research projects addressing policies and actions to towards low carbon / sustainable development.
  • Maintain and build relationships with funders and partners; find and secure new funding opportunities.
  • Manage, mentor, and collaborate with staff researchers, provide regular guidance and feedback to colleagues across SEI.
  • Explore joint research opportunities and collaborate with colleagues at other SEI centres.
  • Review and manage project outputs from the research team, including publications and other materials to ensure they meet the project objectives and SEI quality standards.
  • Present research results externally and raise the profile of SEI research


The applicant should possess outstanding research, leadership, management, organizational, interpersonal, and networking abilities. She/he should have proven interdisciplinary research experience and ability to work with various stakeholders. The applicant should demonstrate an understanding of both development and environment in line with the SEI mission and be able to conduct independent analysis and reflect critically on conventional economic reasoning and debate.

Key qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent research experience in Economics or other relevant field and 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • In-depth documented knowledge of energy systems development and climate change policy issues.
  • Experience in international governmental policy processes.
  • Experience applying quantitative analysis to policy applications and environmental economics accounting, including the use of modelling tools and interpretation of modelling results.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills for both technical and public audiences
  • A strong record of research project design and management, securing external funding, and publications.
  • Proven success in work relations with a wide range of partners, including research institutes, governments, and other non-profit organizations.
  • Proven ability to write up and document research, lead analyses, act as lead author or significantly contribute to publications or project reports and participate in peer reviews
  • Experience in working in international, multi-disiplinary research teams in policy environments, and with international partners
  • Proven ability to engage in knowledge production towards high level policy making
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Established network within governments, multilateral organizations, research institutes and non-profit organizations
  • Knowledge about international development
  • Knowledge about natural resources management
  • Other language skills, Swedish and/or another European language
  • Knowledge about European and Scandinavian Economic Affairs


Applications should be submitted in PDF format and should consist of a CV and a cover letter that includes the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be written in English and arrive at SEI as soon as possible but no later than January 20, 2013. They should be sent by e-mail to Use as the subject line in the email: ‘Economics and Policy analysis – [Applicant’s Last Name] – [Applicant’s First Name]’.

Inquiries concerning the content of the position can be directed to Dr. Jakob Granit, Centre Director; or Magnus Bucht, Human Resources Director; The Academic Union at SEI Stockholm is represented in this recruitment process by

The selected candidate will be employed by SEI in Stockholm, following Swedish labor laws. Remunerations will be competitive based on the Swedish market and will be subject to Swedish income tax.

Inquiries concerning the content of the position can be directed to Dr. Jakob Granit, Centre Director;

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