Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) - Postdoctoral Fellow in Land use and transport planning – 17/01997

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Land use and transport planning – 17/01997

Application deadline: September 17th, 2017

The Faculty of Landscape and Society announces a postdoctoral position at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in land use planning and transport planning.

The position is for four years and combines research and teaching in an approximately equal share additional to some administrative obligations.

The Faculty of Landscape and Society has 1300 students and 180 staff. It consists of five sub-units, carrying out research and education in the fields of urban and regional planning, property management and law, landscape architecture, international environment and development studies, and public health.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning has 22 staff and six PhD students, with backgrounds including urban and regional planning, environmental and landscape planning, architecture, human geography, political science and sociology. Their main fields of expertise are substantive and procedural aspects of urban planning, regional planning in urban and rural areas, place development and place making, sustainable urban development, land use and transport planning, environmental and landscape planning, the planning system and planning theory. These fields are pursued in research, education and outreach. The department has also responsibility for a 5-year master program in Urban and Regional Planning, with around 160 students.

The position

The postdoctoral fellowship is in the broad area of land use and transport planning, with an emphasis on sustainable mobility in urban areas.

We seek a person with an interest in, and with knowledge of, how to plan for urban sustainable mobility, including public transport, walking and cycling. We also welcome candidates interested in the design of urban spaces promoting sustainable mobility.

The successful applicant must pursue an own postdoctoral research agenda, including scientific publications and development of new research and take part in teaching in the master program Urban and Regional Planning.

Academic Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD degree, or have a PhD thesis accepted for defence in urban and regional planning or in social sciences with a relevant topic for urban and regional planning when submitting the application. Appointment in the position is conditional on the candidate having successfully defended the PhD thesis.

It is desirable that applicants hold a master's degree in urban and regional planning or a related field such as landscape architecture, architecture, social sciences or the humanities.

It is desirable that the applicants have experiences in teaching and supervision in urban planning.

It is desirable that the applicants have skills in dissemination of research findings and innovative teaching methods.

The faculty aims to develop its international standing as a leading university in urban and regional planning. Ongoing participation in national and international networks, research projects and boards is therefore of importance.

It is expected that the applicant is willing to, and has capacity to develop and take part in research projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council, EU, ERA as well as other research funding bodies.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research group. It is therefore of high importance that the applicant have good skills in cooperation and collaboration in research and teaching teams, and is able to inspire and engage colleagues, and share knowledge and networks.

Teaching normally includes collaboration with Norwegian institutions, municipalities and regions, where international perspectives are welcomed. It is expected that non-Scandinavians develop competence in Norwegian (or Scandinavian) within three years. The administrative language at the university is Norwegian.


NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic and forward-looking academic institution with a strong emphasis on professional development and outreach.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.


The selected candidate will be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow with a salary in the range from NOK 483.700 – 617.000 per annum (salary scale 57 to 70).

A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


Further information

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Tim Richardson tlf + 47 67231230 or email



The application must include a cover letter, the applicant’s complete CV with certified copies of relevant transcripts, up to five relevant scientific publications, a draft research proposal of maximum 1000 words (excluding references), a publication plan for the postdoctoral period and the names and contact details for two references. Incomplete applications will be withdrawn from the appointment process.

Scientific competence remains the main criteria for evaluating the applicants; in particular originality, independence and productivity in terms of peer reviewed publications. The shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview as a part of the evaluation.

Apply online for this vacancy. Please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Application deadline: September 17th, 2017

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

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Søknadsfrist: 17.09.2017

Kontakt: Professor Tim Richardson
Telefon: + 47 67231230