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PhD candidate in applied ecology

Deadline: 19.04.2020

Inland University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally. We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

The Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology at Blæstad campus has about 210 students and 12 employees.

It is INN University`s smallest campus and it is known for the close contact between students and teachers.

Blæstad is situated right outside the regional town Hamar, in an area dominated by farmland and has a long tradition of education in agricultural sciences dating back to 1923.

The campus itself is located in a former farm and its location makes it the perfect place to study agricultural sciences!

It is currently the only place in Norway offering Bachelor degrees in agronomy and agricultural engineering and an English-taught Master in Sustainable Agriculture.

At Blæstad students get a unique hands-on experience in the field and in the lab, and the opportunity to participate in excursions throughout the year, which perfectly complements the theoretical knowledge.

Farmyard manure treatment and its implication for soil biology, yield and environment

About the posision

Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agriculture Sciences and Biotechnology, at INN University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year PhD project, for the period 01.08.2020-31.07.2023.

The candidate will work within a project on plasma treated manure where we examine the effects on agronomic parameters such as yield and plant growth, but also on soil organisms and emission risks. The specific treatment method is new and promising and the project aims to develop a technology for manure treatment that will reduce greenhouse gases emissions without costing yields. INN and NMBU are partners with the company N2 applied. The project leader at INN is Thomas Cottis.

The candidate will be part of the Agriculture and Climate Change research group at INN headed by Svein Øivind Solberg.

For more information about the position, please contact:


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in in plant sciences, soil sciences, microbiology, or another relevant scientific discipline, with the grade of B or better. It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral program in Applied Ecology and Biotechnology.

We appreciate good data analysis skills and some prior experience in field- and lab-work. The candidate must demonstrate good spoken and written English and it is desirable if the candidate can communicate in Norwegian and has a good understanding of agriculture in Norway.

Personal Skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team and to assume different roles which require collaboration with supervisors, other PhD students, masters students, bachelors students and other collaborators.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently.
  • Interest in learning new skills, programs and in thinking about science in new ways.
  • We are looking for a person with good interpersonal and communication skills and a person that like to work as part of a research team.
  • Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

The evaluation of candidates will consider education, experience, publishing, personal traits, motivation and the qualifications required and desired in the announcement.

How to apply

The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following:

  • Application letter
  • CV (education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and list of references
  • A complete list of publications

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

We offer

  • An academically stimulating work environment with engaged colleagues and a growing institution.
  • A beautiful campus, situated in peaceful surroundings with train access to both cities and airports.
  • Good welfare benefits.
  • Good pension benefits, under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds.
  • A pay grade of LT 54 (NOK 479 400,- p.a)

The working place will be at campus Blæstad, outside Hamar. This is an attractive place to live, with immediate access to nature, urban environments and a variety of culture and sport opportunities.

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