Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology

The House of Innovation at Stockholm School of Economics is recruiting a research assistant for a joint research project with Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University on Temporal Structures and Sustainable Work Practices

The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is a leading Northern European business school. Enjoying a strong international reputation, the School is known for its ability to attract outstanding students and scholars from across the globe. World-class research forms the foundation of our educational offering, which includes Bachelor, Master, PhD, MBA, and executive programs.

Stockholm Business School (SBS) is one of the largest departments at Stockholm University with 150 employees and about 3,500 students per academic year. We conduct outstanding research and teaching in an open and innovative environment, collaborating across national and international boundaries. We work toward equality, gender equality and equal treatment.

The position is situated at the House of Innovation at SSE, and the collaboration involves Docent Lotta Hultin (SU) and Professor Magnus Mähring (SSE).

Project description

The position will be associated with the research project “Time to act sustainably: How temporal structures condition the development of sustainable work practices”, funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. The project aims to contribute to extant research on organizational sustainability by addressing how temporal structures, (re)produced in everyday work practices, condition the development of environmentally sustainable work practices.

Specifically, the project aims to deepen our understanding about how material artefacts, spaces, and technologies are co-constitutive of and reproducing these structures and shaping sustainability-related strategies and practices. The project seeks to employ a combination of research methods with a focus on ethnographic field studies in organizational settings. Our preliminary empirical focus is on organizations and initiatives focused on creating liveable and sustainable cities.

Main responsibilities

The RA plays an essential role in assisting the research team throughout various stages of the research process.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Literature review: Conducting literature reviews of existing literature relevant to the research topic to understand the current state of knowledge, identify research gaps, and contribute to the development of research questions and objectives.
  • Data collection: Assisting with data collection, which involves recruiting participants, scheduling interviews, conducting interviews and observations, and coordinating logistics for data collection.
  • Organization: ensuring proper organization and storage of all data collected and maintaining data compliance and confidentiality.
  • Data analysis: Assisting in the analysis of qualitative data, which includes coding, categorizing, and identifying themes or patterns within the data.
  • Data interpretation: Collaborating with the research team to interpret the findings and understand their implications in the context of the research objectives.
  • Research documentation: Maintaining comprehensive and accurate records of all research activities, including data collection and analysis processes, to ensure transparency and facilitate the replication of the study if necessary.
  • Literature updates: Keeping track of relevant literature published during the research period and providing updates to the primary researcher to help refine the research focus and adapt methods if needed.
  • Assisting with writing: Supporting the research team in writing research reports, academic papers, and presentations.

The position is well suited for candidates interested in exploring research activities and can function as a “predoc” position bolstering relevant experience and credentials for subsequent applications to doctoral programs in Sweden or abroad.

Qualification requirements

The candidate must hold or is currently finalizing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration or similar qualifications, and should be able to work at a professional level in English. Professional level in Swedish is desirable but not required.

The role of a research assistant is multifaceted and requires attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work collaboratively in a research team.

Assessment criteria

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for 6 months with an extension to approximately 1 year. Start date 2024-01-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm School of Economics strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Associate Professor and Project Leader Lotta Hultin, telephone: +46 73 650 01 21,


Apply for the position at Stockholm School of Economics’ recruitment system Varbi. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement. The application deadline is 2023-12-01.

Please include the following information with your application:

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

In addition, please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and (if relevant) a list of publications
  • Copy of education diplomas and transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications, theses, etc., in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

We look forward to connecting with you!

More about Stockholm School of Economics

SSE is committed to a balanced gender distribution and values a variety of backgrounds and experiences among our employees. We therefore welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, age, or religion or other beliefs. We strive to have a fair and inclusive recruitment process. 

Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January 1, 2024, or according to agreement.
Salary According to agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2023/89
  • Lotta Hulting, Project Leader, +46736500121,
Published 07.Nov.2023
Last application date 01.Dec.2023 11:59 PM CET

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