Associate professor within Building Physics and sustainability

Deadline: 01.05.2024

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU will contribute to securing the future of life through outstanding research, education, communication and innovation. We have the country's most satisfied university students, who receive research-based education in a unique student environment. Our graduates gain a high level of competence in interdisciplinary collaboration and are popular in the labor market. NMBU has internationally leading research environments in several subjects. Together with our partners in society and business, we contribute to solving some of the biggest societal challenges of our time.

We focus on innovation, communication and entrepreneurship because we believe these challenges are best solved with joint efforts. We believe that a good working environment is characterized by diversity.

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About The Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) develops research-based knowledge and educates civil engineers and lecturers needed to reach the UN's sustainability goals. We have approximately 150 employees, 70 PhD students and soon 1500 students. The education and research at REALTEK cover a broad spectrum of disciplines.

This includes data science, mechanics and process engineering, robotics, construction and architecture, industrial economics, environmental physics and renewable energy, geomatics, water and environmental engineering, applied mathematics as well as secondary school teacher education in natural sciences and use of natural resources such as in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.

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Do you have experience with Building physics, Energy design or Sustainable buildings?

About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology invites applicants for a faculty position as associate professor within Sustainable Building physics. The position is full time and permanent.

We are looking for candidates who want to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable society, where great changes are implied to the building industry in how buildings are built and maintained. The energy system, local energy production, heating, cooling and ventilation as well as use of sustainable building materials is affected by this transition. In a broader scale, the cross disciplinary field between building science, architecture and structural engineering should be important for the successful candidate.

The position is affiliated with the department of Building- and Environmental Technology, which includes the building-group and the Water-group. The Building-group is responsible for the MSc study program “Construction engineering and architecture”.

The program educates approximately 30 MSc students yearly and has a strong interdisciplinary focus, combining construction, building physics and architecture. The group consists of four scientific positions within structural engineering, three positions within energy and building physics, and three positions within architecture. We focus on the interdisciplinary nature of buildings, where the students are trained in a more holistic approach when considering constructional, technical, architectural and environmental solutions.

REALTEK has a policy to prioritize new academic staff, who are currently without PhD main supervision responsibilities, when distributing university funded Ph.D positions.

The Norwegian University of Life sciences is ranked sixth among colleges, companies, Norwegian universities and other public institutions that have received funding from HORIZON.

Main tasks

The main tasks for this position will be:

  • Teaching in relevant fields
  • Research within building physics and bordering disciplines such as: Environmental impact, LCA, climate-based design, heat and moisture transfer, indoor climate and ventilation, energy efficiency and building integrated energy production
  • Supervision of PhD and Master students

Other tasks will be:

  • Participation in the development of the study program and the department
  • Administrative tasks
  • Engaging with society through external collaboration,
  • Participate in securing external research funding
  • Contribute to NMBUs strategic goals.


Required academic qualifications for the position:

  • Doctoral degree within one or more of the following fields: building physics, building performance, energy in buildings (energy use and integrated energy production), science-based sustainability assessment methods. Extensive experience in the field may be considered equal qualifying to a doctoral degree.
  • Research experience within one or more of the following fields: building physics, building performance, energy in buildings (energy use and integrated energy production), science-based sustainability assessment methods
  • Publication record of scientific articles published in well recognized, international journals, and an active portfolio of research projects.
  • Documented educational competence in compliance with guidelines at NMBU for appointment to associate professor position. If you do not meet the requirement at present, you can still be considered qualified for the position, but you will be obliged to document educational competence within two years of employment. The required training will be provided by NMBU.

The following qualifications will be preferred:

  • Interest in topics related to sustainability in buildings and the multidisciplinary field combining architecture, structural engineering and building science.
  • Excellent skills in teaching
  • Experience in project management and attracting research funding
  • Experienced user of Building Performance Simulation tools
  • National and international network

Required language skills

  • Proficiency in Norwegian and English, both written and oral. The ability to teach courses given in Norwegian immediately, will be considered a significant advantage.

If you do not meet the requirement of Norwegian language at present, you can still be considered qualified for the position, but you will be obliged to document minimum proficiency level B2 within three years of employment. The faculty may offer support for language training.

Personal skills

  • Motivated to develop new knowledge in cooperation with others
  • High working capacity and the ability to implement
  • Being enthusiastic about your field of expertise and be inspired to work in an international academic environment
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • High collaboration and networking abilities
  • Empathetic and able to easily connect to students of different background and nationalities
  • Analytical
  • Able to work in a team and on individual tasks.

Personal suitability will be given weight.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1011 Associate Professor, salary grade 68-80 (NOK 667 700- 870 900), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

We believe that talented and inclusive groups deliver the highest quality research and are seeking applications from highly qualified candidates who enhance the diversity of our existing building group. The department is committed to creating opportunities for people traditionally underrepresented in the sector.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of their application are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law cannot be recruited by NMBU.

NMBU wants more women in permanent scientific positions. Women are therefore encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to the Personal Data Act, we hereby notify you that a list of applicants will be available to the public and that the report of the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

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General Information to applicants


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Application deadline: 01.05.2024

Your CV must be entered in JobbNorge's CV form and not just included as an attachment.

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

Your application must include:

  • an application letter describing your motivation for and suitability to the position
  • a CV including a list of publications
  • teaching portfolio describing your educational competence and experience
  • a research plan
  • up to ten publications including a description of your contribution to multi-author papers.

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