Associate Professor / Professor in plant knowledge and plant use in green spaces

Deadline: 06.06.2021

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

About the Faculty of Landscape and Society

The Faculty of Landscape and Society is home to some of Norway's foremost academic environments within international environment and development studies, public health science, landscape architecture, landscape engineering, urban and regional planning, property development and property law. The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 employees divided into five departments and a Faculty administration. It offers popular, forward-focused Bachelor, Master’s and PhD programmes. The Faculty is interdisciplinary and works with sustainable social development, both nationally and internationally.

Are you passionate about the use of plants in green spaces

About the position

NMBU’s Department of Landscape Architecture seeks a new colleague with an excellent record of accomplishment in research and education, competence in theoretical approaches to plant use and ecology in green spaces.

This includes species knowledge, plant selection, the establishment and management of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals used in green spaces under Nordic conditions.

Main tasks

The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and contributing to high standards in education and research in the above-mentioned field of work.

The appointed candidate will:

  • Develop, teach, supervise, and administer study courses and programs
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct research projects with external funding
  • Participate in administrative and collective duties within the Department, Faculty, and University
  • Develop and participate in national and international networks


Required academic qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Horticulture, Forestry, Plant Science, Landscape Architecture, or related fields of specialization relevant to the position
  • Research experience in accordance with established international or national standards in knowledge of plants, their use and ecology in green spaces under Nordic conditions
  • Experience in supervision and teaching at the university level.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, both individually and as part of a team
  • The ability to communicate, network and collaborate in research and teaching
  • Experience with popular research dissemination and communication
  • Very good in written and spoken English

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Very good in written and spoken Norwegian, or another Scandinavian language.
  • Work experience from the private or public sector
  • Connections to national and international professional networks
  • Experience with research projects, for example, projects funded from EU, ERC, the Research Council of Norway

Personal skills:

  • Personal ambitions to develop and lead education and research
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills
  • Motivation to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Motivation to take part in the Department’s academic, and perform common tasks and duties
  • Willingness to contribute to fulfilling the Department’s and the Faculty’s strategic priorities

Further expectations:

The administrative language at Norwegian universities is Norwegian. If a successful candidate is not fluent in Norwegian or in another Scandinavian language at the time of appointment, s/he will be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian within three years to be able to participate actively in all functions necessary for the position within three years of starting the position.

If the person appointed does not have formal competence in pedagogics, s/he is obliged to complete a course in university pedagogics within two years following the appointment.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in the government pay scale at code 1011, Associate Professor, wage framework 24, salary grade 65-77 (NOK 586 500 – 744 600), or code 1013 or Professor, salary grade 75-83 (NOK 708 100 – 887 000), depending on qualifications.

The successful candidate is expected to be present at the Department on a daily basis.

Pursuant to the Personal Data Act, we hereby notify you that the report of the Expert Committee will be sent to all applicants.

For further information, please contact the Head of Department of Landscape Architecture,

general information to applicants


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

Application deadline: 06.06.2021

All applicants must submit a teaching portfolio. The portfolio should be completed in full following NMBU’s format. See NMBU's guide for applicants and members of the expert committee for documentation and assessment of educational competence for a position as professor

or NMBU's guide for applicants and members of the expert committee for documentation and assessment of educational competence for a position as associate professor

Full text versions of up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant to the position must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation of the applicant’s contribution to the work is suggested. The five most relevant publications to the position must be identified

Those applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

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