2018-07-Postdoctoral position: Governing the subsurface within ecological transition: energy storage

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E2S: Energy and Environment Solutions

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What is E2S?

The consortium at the heart of the Energy Environment Solutions (E2S) project is a composed of the University of Pau and the Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) and two national research organisations, National Institute...

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Postdoctoral position in Statistical EcologySubject: Governing the subsurface within ecological transition: energy storage

Scientific background / Project

We are looking for a researcher with a Ph D. in political science or sociology for a post-doctoral grant.

The research is included in a broader research project about the politicization of the subsurface developed in a junior chair implemented in the project labelled i-Site ‘energy and environment solutions’ led by Pau University.

The post-doctoral researcher will be integrated in a collective research about comparing various utilizations of the subsurface in a context of energy and ecological transitions. The research project should contribute to produce comparable data with two other projects led in the Junior Chair about the renewal of the French mining industry and mining development in French Guyana. The research is framed within a constructivist approach of public problems and it aims at mapping narratives of actors and their strategies to defend or attack mining development in a context of ecological transition.

The post-doctoral research will target geological energy storage (gas and hydrogen) to determine its modalities of governance and contestation. While a large independence will be given to the researcher, the collective dimension of the research commits to map the discourses and actors in order to compare his/her research with the others led within the chair. The collective dimension of the research also requires the location of the candidate in Pau. Participation to the research institute and the chair activities is expected. The post-doctoral grant comes along with a budget for research expenses.


Working conditions

Starting period: October 2018

Duration: 3 years

Gross salary range: 2699 euros/month + 220 euros (64h of teaching per year)

Funding: This post doc position is funded by the project E2S UPPA (Energy Environment Solutions) whom core scientific domain focuses on Environment and Energy to meet challenges related to the energy transition, geo-resources, aquatic habitats and the environmental effects of natural and anthropogenic changes.

Localisation: Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, campus of Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France


Young Researcher skills required

We are looking for a researcher with an experience and knowledge about energy transition, utilizations of the subsurface, policy analysis and sociology of collective action. The candidate should have previous experience with sociological investigation through interviews and their exploitation.

Application procedure

Applications must be sent as a single pdf file and must include:

  • a cover letter emphasizing the relevance of your research to this position (max 1 page),
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • a publication list
  • contact details of at least two relevant professionals who can provide a reference letter based on request
  • and a PhD diploma.

Application deadline

Please submit your application to s.chailleux @ gmail.com, before August 31st, mentioning [Postdoc] in the subject of the email.

Auditions will take place during the first forthnight of September.