The Arctic Centre, University of Lapland is seeking to fill two 24-month full-time post-doctoral researcher positions that will advance the frontiers of knowledge of the role of non-human nature in Arctic politics and governance. Both positions are to be based at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law in Rovaniemi, Finland and require residence at Arctic Centre during the respective periods of employment.

The positions are key personnel appointments for scientific implementation of the project “A Planetary Approach to Global Arctic politics,” which is funded by the University of Lapland’s strategic funding scheme under the Global Arctic Responsibility theme.

Project description and working tasks
To facilitate a profound green transformation of global life, “A Planetary Approach to Global Arctic politics” project develops novel conceptualisations of “planetary society” and “planetarisation” of world politics to describe the ambitious visions and fundamental reorganisation of political practices with the objective of transforming planet Earth into a safe and peaceful place where all species can thrive. Empirically the project focuses on the Arctic region which can be viewed as a showcase of the global ecological crisis and globalisation. The project asks: What would the social and institutional organisation of Global Arctic politics look like if planetary justice was put at the front and centre of politics?

The positions will encompass diverse tasks including:

  • Conduct research on Global Arctic politics and governance from a post-anthropocentric perspective
  • Publishing of research results in high-quality international journals and other publishing venues
  • Acquisition of supplementary external research funding (e.g., Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship, the Academy of Finland, Kone foundation) for a project focusing on post-anthropocentric Global Arctic politics and/or governance
  • Organisation of an international workshop on post-anthropocentric approaches to Global Arctic politics
  • Popularisation of Arctic science

Required qualifications and merits
Successful candidates should have a PhD in International Relations, international law or a related field, and excellent oral and written communication skills in English. To be eligible for this position, the applicants should have completed their doctoral degree a maximum of five (5) years before the end of the application period, unless special circumstances exist. The applicants should be able to work both independently and in close collaboration with others.

Eligibility to apply for Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at the Arctic Centre in the 2023 call will be considered as a highly complementary merit, and at least one of the successful candidates should fulfil this criterion. For more information:

The deadline for application is August 15, 2022.

Find more information about applying here.

Further information:
University Researcher Sanna Kopra
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law
Phone +358 40 132 4502