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Professor / Associate Professor in Global Landscape Studies

Deadline: 01.08.2020

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In 2021 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

About the Faculty of Landscape and Society

The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 staff and is a multidisciplinary academic faculty with strong national and international connections.

The Faculty consists of five departments. The departments carry out research and education in the following fields: urban and regional planning, property management and law, landscape architecture, international environment and development studies, and public health.

The faculty has eleven study programs and two research education programs. Some of these are taught in Norwegian with a national focus and others in English with an international focus. The faculty also has a strong research record with a large portfolio of externally funded research projects.

About the position

The School of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacancy for a permanent, full-time Professor/Associate Professor in Global Landscape Studies.

We seek a candidate with excellent records of accomplishment in research and education, competency of theoretical approaches to interdependencies of globalization and landscape transformation, and a passion for academic activities.

The position is focused on global challenges, landscapes changes, strategies for sustainable development, and design interventions.

Some of the planet’s most urgent issues will be addressed, such as climate change, urbanization, environmental deterioration, resettlement, land-based conflicts, and environmental justice.

Main tasks

  • Initiate and perform high quality education and research
  • Develop, teach and administer courses
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct research projects (e.g., the Norwegian Research Council, EU, ERC and/or ERA)
  • Supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD theses
  • Participate in administrative duties
  • Take part in collaboration within the School, Faculty and University
  • Develop or participate in national and international networks

Qualification requirements, desired experiences, knowledge and personal qualities:

The applicant must have:

  • A PhD degree in landscape architecture, planning, human geography or another relevant academic field that addresses global landscape studies.
  • Experience in student-active teaching, supervision and research on landscapes.
  • Willingness work across disciplines, both individually and as part of a team.
  • Experience with research projects, e.g., projects funded from EU, ERC, ERASMUS, and/or the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Experience with popular research dissemination and communication. Good public communicating skills are desirable.
  • Connections to national and international professional networks and experience of international field work.
  • Documented teaching competence. If the successful candidate cannot document basic teaching qualifications at the time of appointment, the candidate will be required to obtain these qualifications within a two-year period.
  • Very proficient written and spoken English.

The administrative language at Norwegian universities is Norwegian. It is therefore an advantage to have good written and spoken knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. If a successful candidate is not fluent in a Scandinavian language at the time of the appointment, s/he will be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve within three years following the appointment.

Personal skills:

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

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

Remuneration and further information

The selected candidate will be appointed as Associate Professor within the salary scale 63-77 (NOK 548 200 - 722 400) or Professor within the salary scale 72-82 (NOK 650 200 - 838 300), 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: 01.08.2020

All applicants must submit a teaching portfolio. The portfolio should be completed in full following the NMBU format.

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

Full text of 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 of the applicant’s contribution to the work is suggested. The five most relevant publications for the position must be identified.

Copies of educational certificates, PhD diploma, transcript of records and letters of recommendation must be attached.

Attachments must be uploaded in separate files.

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