The Greenhouse is now accepting proposals from scholars interested in applying for the EU Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships program (MSCA-PF) in 2022. The MSCA-PF scheme is highly prestigious and provides a unique possibility for talented researchers to develop their careers through international mobility. The MSCA fellowship is granted for a period of up to 2 years and is carried out under the supervision of an experienced researcher at the host institution.

Researchers of any nationality, who wish to engage in R&I projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe, can apply. They:

  • must have a PhD degree successfully defended by 14th Sep 2022;
  • must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g., due to parental leave), will not be taken into account;
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before 14th Sep 2022.

At the Greenhouse, we are interested in hosting MSCA fellows with environmental humanities projects who would benefit from being in an interdisciplinary dynamic environmental humanities environment and working closely with one or more members of Greenhouse. The following potential supervisors are available this year:

Ellen Arnold – medieval environmental history; water history; medieval ecocriticism.

Dolly Jørgensen – environmental history particularly at intersection with history of technology; human-animal studies; histories of conservation and biodiversity; extinction studies; and museums & environmental issues. I’m also open to other kinds of environmental humanities projects.

Finn Arne Jørgensen – Environmental history; digital environmental humanities; green transition; waste and recycling; environmental citizenship.

Tyson Retz – History of environmental ideas and philosophies; History of environmental politics and movements; History of the “growth paradigm” (economic and political ideologies); History in the Anthropocene – theory and method.

Siddharth Sareen – My research spans the governance of energy transitions across the value chain, from extractive zones to household energy practices. I have a special interest in multi-scalar solar energy, urban transport decarbonisation, energy flexibility, digitalisation and electricity distribution. My team works within the interdisciplinary energy social sciences, with emphasis on human geography, political ecology and development research, and generative overlaps with the environmental humanities. Conceptual interests include accountability, metrics, governance across scales, and social equity and inclusion. I tend to work with relational approaches and a broad range of qualitative methods.

The Greenhouse currently has three MSCA-funded postdoctoral fellows on staff. At the Greenhouse our postdocs are included in a vibrant and international research community with weekly group meetings, frequent guest talks, good support structures, and a world-class environmental humanities research library. The Greenhouse offers a year-long professional development program that all of our postdocs take. 

We will work with select candidates to develop their applications for submission to the EU in early fall 2022. Through the University of Stavanger’s Research Development Department, The Greenhouse can arrange for potential applicants to participate in the UiS MSCA-PF Support Programme, including a MSCA-PF workshop in June. The workshop is delivered by the external consultants and covers topics such as project development, proposal writing, proposal evaluation and the call requirements. The workshop will be conducted digitally.

In order to take advantage of this training opportunity, we need to receive a statement of interest no later than March 25, 2022. Send an email to the Greenhouse directors Finn Arne Jørgensen and Dolly Jørgensen at greenhouse@uis.no with a CV using this template and project statement of no more than 2 pages. The project statement should address the aim of your project, what is new/novel about it, what skills you will need to acquire during the postdoc period, and who the supervisor for the project would be (this is the tenured faculty member with whom you’d be working – see list above). You should also make it clear how your project aligns with The Greenhouse’s interests and expertise. 

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