Associate professor: Plant-soil interactions

Deadline: 31.05.2024

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.

Read more about MINA here.

Are you eager to work with sustainable soil management?

About the position

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant associate professor position in plant-soil interactions with emphasis on sustainable soil management.

The successful applicant will join seventeen colleagues in MINA’s Soil and Water section, which is covering a broad field of earth sciences, i.e., soil science and plant nutrition, hydrology, limnology, and geology.

The soil science group studies biogeochemical and physical processes in soils in relation to land use and environmental changes and holds a broad portfolio of projects related to ecosystem services and sustainable development in Norway and globally. We are now looking for a person who will strengthen our profile in plant-soil interactions in managed and/or natural systems.

Main tasks

Based on the required expertise and experience outlined below, the person to be employed will have the following main tasks:

  • Initiate and undertake research within the strategic goals of MINA
  • Develop courses and teach within the strategic priorities of MINA
  • Participate in maintaining and further develop agricultural field experiments
  • Supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students
  • Participate in administrative duties
  • Provide other services to the university, profession, and society

We have compiled a deliberation for this position that we encourage you to reflect on in your application. Please contact the head of the Soil and Water section, Professor Åsgeir Almås, for the deliberation: asgeir.almas@nmbu.no, phone: +47 672 31 829


Required Academic qualifications:

  • PhD in soil science, agronomy, ecology, environmental science or equivalent with focus on plant-soil interactions
  • Documented teaching competence.
  • A documented record of relevant scientific publications
  • Experience with research on agriculture and environment in temperate and boreal climate.
  • Experience with field trials and statistical analysis

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Modelling
  • Ability to initiate, secure funding and carry out research projects.
  • Experience with using and running models (nutrients, water, carbon)
  • International collaboration and network
  • Experience with supervision at university level
  • Experience with outreach and dissemination
  • Experience in the interpretation of soil data connected to nutrient uptake, plant development, and nutrient use efficiency
  • Experience with Nordic and Norwegian agricultural and natural systems
  • Scandinavian language proficiency enabling you to teach in Norwegian within two years after the appointment

You need to:

  • Have a clear vision for future research and teaching at NMBU in collaboration with colleagues
  • Have good communication skills, ability to establish new contacts and develop networks
  • Have high working capacity, as well as interest and ability to work in teams
  • Have ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and students
  • Thrive in a multidisciplinary and international campus environment

Personal suitability will be given weight.

Required for a position as associate professor:

  • Documented educational competence using a “teaching portfolio” with a description of;
    • Pedagogic qualifications, completed program 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.

For more details see “Guidelines educational competence

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), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

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Information to applicants


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Application deadline: 31.05.2024

Your CV must be entered in JobbNorge's CV form and not just included as an attachment. This is to be able to comply with the regulations of §15 of the Public Administration Act.

All applicants must document their teaching competence. Please see the NMBU’s guide for applicants and members of the expert committee for documentation and assessment of educational competence for a position as associate professor.

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 31.05.2024. Please quote reference number 24/02001.

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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