Researcher within forest ecophysiology and remote sensing

Deadline: 10.03.2021

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

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Are you interested in tree health and like handling large data sets?

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2.5-year researcher–position related to forest ecophysiology and remote sensing.

During the last decades, drought in combination with bark beetle attacks have caused large-scale death of managed spruce forests in Central-Europe. Although drought stress is less common in the Nordic countries, widespread planting of spruce on sites naturally occupied by more drought-tolerant species cause concerns about future forest health.

The project Forests4Society, financed by the EEA Norway Grants, will evaluate the ability of managed forests to provide ecosystem functions under future climatic conditions and focuses on the effects of drought and heath waves occurrence in the Czech Republic and Norway. In the Norwegian part of the project we will study water balance and it’s effect on basic ecophysiological tree functions (NPP, evapotranspiration, foliage pigments etc) along humidity gradients in spruce forests by use of field monitoring and data obtained by remote sensing. The ultimate aim is to fit models for forecasting where spruce will thrive under future climatic conditions.

Main tasks

The researcher employed will

  • Plan and perform field work
  • Interpret and analyze remotely sensed data
  • Collaborate with Norwegian and Czech project partners
  • Analyze and disseminate project results


Required Academic qualifications

  • Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in ecophysiology/physiology of plants, plant ecology or forest sciences
  • Strong background in data analyses using R or other statistical computing software
  • Experience with and motivation for fieldwork

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience with remotely sensed data from airborne and spaceborne platforms (e.g. LiDAR or hyperspectral data)
  • Experience from studies of tree water balance or other ecophysiological parameters
  • Experience from boreal forest systems

You need to:

  • Have a driver’s license
  • Have a strong motivation for this project
  • Be able to work both individually and in teams
  • Be proficient in English, both orally and in writing

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 Researcher, wage framework 24 (salary grade 61-77) (NOK 542.400-741.300) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

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Application deadline: 10.03.2021

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application.

If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 10.03.2021. Please quote reference number 21/01012.

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