Associate Professor in Garden Art and Landscape Architecture History

Deadline: 04.01.2021

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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.

The Department of Landscape Architecture has around 40 permanent and temporary employees and 300 students and is a nationally leading environment within its field. It is the oldest academic community within Landscape Architecture in Europe. The Department offers a 5-year Master's program in Landscape Architecture, a 2-year Master's in Global Landscape Architecture and a 3-year Bachelor's degree in Landscape Engineering. The Department hosts five academic groups: Design and planning; Management of outdoor spaces and green aesthetics (FUGE); History and theory; and Landscape planning and 3D visualization. The Department is also responsible for the Norwegian Landscape Laboratory at NMBU and the Historical Archive for Norwegian Landscape Architecture. More about the Department here.

About the position

The Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacancy for a full-time, permanent position as an Associate Professor in Garden Art and History of Landscape Architecture.

We seek a candidate with a research background in the field of history of landscape architecture and garden art, who has interdisciplinary experience and the capacity to bridge research and practice.

Through this position, the Faculty intends to strengthen the department´s research and educational capacity in the history of landscape architecture in a Nordic context.

Main tasks

  • Initiate and perform high quality education, research and innovation
  • Develop, teach and administer courses in landscape architecture at Bachelor and Master level
  • Supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD theses
  • Initiate, take part in and lead research and development projects (in cooperation with, for example, the Norwegian Research Council, EU, private/public agencies)
  • Work with and develop the Historical Archive for Norwegian Landscape Architecture
  • Develop and participate in national and international networks
  • Collaborate with colleagues within the Department, Faculty and University
  • Participate in administrative duties


The applicant must have:

  • A PhD degree with a specialization in history of landscape architecture and/or garden art
  • Knowledge of Norwegian and/or Nordic landscape history and garden art
  • Experience with working across disciplines, both individually and as part of a team
  • Experience with research and development projects, e.g., projects funded by EU, ERC, ERASMUS, and/or the Norwegian Research Council
  • Experience with teaching and supervision in higher education in landscape architecture and/or garden art. If the successful candidate cannot document pedagogical qualifications at the time of appointment, she/he will be required to obtain these qualifications within a two-year period
  • Experience with popular research dissemination and communication
  • Connections to national and international professional networks
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and in one of the Nordic languages. The administrative language at NMBU is Norwegian.

Personal skills:

  • Personal ambitions to develop and lead education and research
  • Good collaboration and communication skills
  • Motivation to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Motivation to take part in the Department’s academic life on a daily basis and to perform common tasks and duties
  • Willingness to contribute to fulfill the Department and Faculty’s strategic priorities.

Remuneration and further information

The selected candidate will be appointed as Associate Professor within the salary scale 63-77 (NOK 548 200 - 722 400), depending on qualifications.

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

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general information to applicants


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Application deadline: 04.01.2021

Attachments must be uploaded as separate files.

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

  • All applicants must submit a teaching portfolio. The portfolio should be completed in full following the NMBU format.
  • Full text of up to five 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 of the applicant’s contribution to the work is suggested.
  • The application must be written in English and submitted electronically with a complete CV and three references with contact information.
  • Copies of educational certificates, PhD diploma, transcript of records and letters of recommendation must be attached.

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