Associate professor / Professor plant ecology

Deadline: 21.09.2023

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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About The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

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.

MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

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Are you a plant ecologist with expertise in restoration ecology?

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant fulltime permanent position as Associate professor/ Professor within plant ecology. MINA is Norway's leading academic institution in field-based ecological research and teaching, and we are seeking to expand our program in field-based ecology.

The new position will be in the Ecology and Natural Resource Management section, where the candidate will join an excellent group of researchers covering a broad spectrum of ecology. We wish to complement and strengthen the plant ecology group with a new position in plant ecology focused within the field of restoration ecology.

Main tasks

  • Developing and teaching a master’s course in plant ecology
  • Teaching in conservation/global change/restoration topics
  • Initiate and secure external project funding, and conduct high level research
  • Publish scientific articles and communicate findings to the general public
  • Supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students
  • Participate in the development of BSc and MSc programs, and activities directed to “life-long learning”/continuing education
  • Participate in administrative tasks


Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD in plant ecology or biology
  • A substantial list of high-quality publications in plant ecology and related fields
  • Experience in conducting field-based research
  • Oral and written communication skills in English

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Background in restoration ecology
  • Knowledge about Scandinavian vegetation
  • Knowledge about the Norwegian conservation management system
  • Experience in supervising MSc and PhD candidates
  • Solid background in statistical methods and in use of R
  • Ability to initiate, obtain funding and carry out research projects
  • Experience from interdisciplinary research
  • Oral and written communication skills in a Scandinavian language

Besides scientific expertise, we put emphasis on teaching experience, pedagogical and administrative expertise.

You need to have the following personal qualities:

  • Good work ethic and good cooperation skills
  • Ability to establish contacts and develop networks
  • Ability to create a pleasant and productive atmosphere for students and colleagues

Required for a position as associate professor:

  • Documented educational competence using a “teaching portfolio” with a description of;
    • Pedagogic qualifications, completed programme of at least 200 hours
    • Teaching and supervision experience including breadth and variation in topics
    • Basic teaching skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision

Those who do not meet the pedagogic requirements for employment are required to meet them within two years of employment.

Required for a position as professor:

  • Professor competence at the scientific level in accordance with established international or national standards in the subject area
  • Documented educational competence using a “teaching portfolio” with a description of;
    • Pedagogic qualifications, completed programme of at least 200 hours
    • Teaching experience at higher and lower degree levels
    • Broad experience of supervision, preferably at master’s degree/PhD level
    • Quality development in own teaching and supervision over time
    • Participation in work to develop quality of education in the academic community
  • Scientific leadership experience, and ability to communicate, network and collaborate in research and teaching

In exceptional cases, a professor may be hired subject to the requirement of documented pedagogic competence being met within two years.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1011 Associate Professor, salary grade (68-84) (NOK 667.700 - 966.300), or 1013 Professor, salary grade (79-94) (NOK 845.900 - 1.220.400), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

For further information, please contact the:

  • Head of section, Professor Stein R. Moe, E-mail: stein.moe@nmbu.no; phone +47 (67231721 or 90737216)

Information to applicants


To 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: 21.09.2023

All applicants must document their teaching competence. Please see the NMBU’s guide for applicants.

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 (MINA), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 21.09.2023. Please quote reference number 23/03920.

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

Please note that the report from the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

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