Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)

Post-Doc Social scientist

UBFC – Université de Franche-Comté

DIJON, France

Job description

An exciting opportunity for a post-doc with social science expertise to conduct socio-ecological research on the current state of agriculture, its challenges and crisis points and how it can transition to a more sustainable position. To advance our understanding this project will adopt the novel perspective of conflict transformation science based on applied and participatory approaches focused on the underlying social conflicts and trade-offs between societal groups, driven by their opposing values, identities, choices, and constraints.

Reframing the agricultural crisis as a conflict offers the potential for achieving innovative solutions. This novel approach draws heavily from peace studies, where the paradigm is shifting from conflict resolution, with its emphasis on reaching jointly agreed outcomes, to the more challenging transformation of conflicts, involving profound change in terms of both outcome and process. This implies fundamental changes are required in 1) individual perceptions of the conflict, 2) the approaches used to mitigate conflict at the institutional level, and 3) the relationship between people in conflict. The project will therefore develop a novel theoretical transformation framework applied to conflicts in agricultural contexts that will be tested empirically in four case studies before being refined and implemented in practice with key stakeholders through participatory Transformation Labs (T-Labs).

This stimulating post-doc opportunity will consist of evaluating governance and institutional transformation; evaluating individual and relational level transformation; and the development and adaptation of a robust theoretical framework to understand the potential for conflict transformation in different agricultural settings.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and flexible, have a strong social science background, evidence of independent thinking and working, willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams, and experience of working closely with stakeholders.

Supervisor(s):Young, Juliette Juliette.young@inra.fr

Candidate profile:Essential:

  • PhD in relevant social science discipline (e.g. political science, peace studies, sociology, psychology, development studies)
  • Strong knowledge of social science theory from a relevant discipline
  • Experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis
  • Experience of team working
  • Strong stakeholder focus
  • Proficient in English

Candidate profile:Desirable*

  • Track record of publishing research
  • Experience of conflict studies
  • Experience of working in interdisciplinary projects
  • Proficient in French

Keywords:Agriculture, conflict, transformation, social science, participation, biodiversity.


Please send the following documents (all in one PDF file) by e-mail to Juliette.young@inra.fr :
1) For EU candidates: Copy of your national ID card or of your passport page where your photo is printed.
For non-EU candidates: Copy of your passport page where your photo is printed.

2) Curriculum Vitae (may include hyperlinks to your ResearchID, Research Gate Google Scholar accounts).

3) Detailed list of publications (may include hyperlinks to DOI of publications).

4) Letter of motivation relatively to the position (Cover Letter) in which applicants describe themselves and their contributions to previous research projects (maximum 2 pages)

5) Copy of your PhD degree if already available.

6) Coordinates of reference persons (maximum 3, at least your master thesis supervisor):
Title, Name, organization, e-mail.

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact the supervisors.


Apply with CV and Cover Letter

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Post-Doc Social scientist