PhD in forest management

Deadline: 23.05.2021

Inland Norway 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".

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About the position

A 100 % PhD position in applied ecology is available at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology. The position will run for 3 years, preferentially starting in August 2021. The candidate will be enrolled in INN’s PhD program in applied ecology and biotechnology with workplace at Campus Evenstad.

The goal of the PhD project is to contribute to sustainable development of forest landscapes suitable for both wood production and woodland grazing. This will be achieved by 1) studying past trajectories of wood production and woodland grazing by domestic animals, 2) developing a remote sensing method for mapping current coverage of woodland pastures and its effect on forest species, as well as generalizing it on regional scale with help of multistage approach, and 3) combining knowledge on past and present into a regional gap-analysis.

The candidate will work in close collaboration with other scientists in the Forest research group at INN and is expected to contribute to the scientific-social environment at the department. We encourage our students to take stays abroad and to disseminate findings to the public. This is full-time 3-years research position with no teaching required.

We are searching for a candidate with strong quantitative and GIS skills, who is eager to undertake a scientific training and to develop both professionally and personally.

Associate professor Vladimir Naumov is the main supervisor of the candidate. Co-supervisors will be associate professor Hanne Kathrine Sjølie, professor Barbara Zimmermann, professor Per Angelstam and associate professor Svein Øivind Solberg.



Formal qualifications

  • Master degree in forest management or other relevant discipline, like applied ecology, agriculture, GIS or remote sensing

Experience and professional skills

  • Excellent English language skills: oral and written
  • Strong GIS skills in QGIS, GRASS or other GIS software
  • Experience in scientific research (published peer-review articles) is an advantage
  • Skills in operating drones for remote sensing is a strong asset
  • Analytical experience with forest-related data is an advantage
  • Norwegian or Scandinavian language is an advantage
  • Experience in photogrammetry software (such as Pix4D) is an advantage
  • Skills in R and/or Python is an advantage

Personal skills

  • Results-oriented and with a strong motivation for successfully carry out a PhD project
  • Ability to cooperate with others and build and maintain own research networks
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Interest in learning new skills and acquire new knowledge
  • Ability to be open-minded and tolerate constructive criticism
  • Ability to do fieldwork outside to acquire ground truth data

The evaluation of candidates will consider formal qualifications but also personal skills and motivation.

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
  • Transcripts of record from your BSc and MSc
  • All non-native English speakers must provide official documentation of English language proficiency at a sufficiently high level.We require one of the following English language tests with a minimum of the following scores:- Toefl internet based: 80. -Toefl paper based: 550, -IELTS: 6. No exceptions are made for this requirement. Scores lower than 550/80 (TOEFL) or 6.0 (IELTS) will not be accepted. The TOIC test will not be accepted.

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

  • A place in an ambitious and highly international environment.
  • A challenging and exciting project with opportunities for personal and scientific development.
  • An independent and flexible work setting that the successful candidate may to a large extent influence her/himself. Daily contact with inspiring skilled colleagues.
  • A campus setting surrounded by forests and mountains with opportunities for outdoor recreation.
  • The position’s salary follows position code 1017 PhD candidate in the state's wage regulations, determined according to competence and experience

Life insurance and occupational injuries insurance are included. Pension contributions to Statens pensjons

State Pension Fund will be automatically deducted. All residents in Norway are automatically included in the Norwegian public health system.

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