Project assistant: International Plastics Politics Research


Lunds universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Department of Political Science announces a job as a project assistant.

Lund University is well-known for its research on the social and political dimension of plastics. Several large research projects run in parallel creating a vibrant multi-disciplinary research environment that span across the entire university.

The employment is related to the STEPS project ( and concerns the recent global attempt to tackle the issues around plastics. National governments officially started plastic treaty negotiations in December 2022. These negotiations take place under the auspices of the United Nations with the aim to establish a legally binding instrument that addresses issues related to plastics. The second negotiation round will take place in Paris in May-June 2023 and the final in Nairobi in December 2023. 

The project assistant will work on mapping the positions of actors and institution that take part in the negotiations by conducting a qualitative content analysis. The project assistant will, together with other researchers, be involved in the examination of power asymmetries, diverging interests, and norm conflicts within the negotiations as an understand of the countries preferred instrument mixes. The outcome of the work will be a report (written in collaboration with other researchers at LU) that provide critical reflections on the negotiations.

The job as a project assistant requires an ability to perform independent, accurate and systematic work, a curious mindset, and a willingness to work with qualitative data. The following qualifications are a requirement for eligibility for the position:

  • Experience of working with qualitative methods.
  • Experience of working with qualitative data analysis software is a merit, but not a requirement.
  • Good ability to express themselves in written and spoken English.
  • At least bachelor's degree in political science or in a related discipline such as sociology, peace and conflict studies, geography, environmental studies. 
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team.

We prefer if the project assistant could be present in Lund for at least bi-weekly meetings. 

Details of the position 
This is a part-time (50%), temporary position from 1st of September to Dec 31 2023.

• Contact details; Associate Professor Johannes Stripple.

We offer
Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. 
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Application details: 
•    Max. one-page motivational letter 
•    CV
•    A copy of degree and grade certificates in Swedish or English (examensbevis och betyg)
•    One reference contact

Type of employmentTemporary position
Contract typePart-time
First day of employment2023-09-01
Salarymonthly salary
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent50%
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2023/1666
  • Associate Professor Johannes Stripple,
  • HR Coordinator Marie Persson,
Union representative
  • Saco-S Council at Lund University,
  • OFR/ST at Lund University ,
  • Seko Civil at Lund University,
Last application date11.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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