PhD position: Attitudes and barriers to wider use of recycled wood

Deadline: 10.01.2022

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".

The Evenstad campus is located at the heart of Østerdalen in Stor-Elvdal municipality, approximately 20 km south of the town of Koppang. The campus is known for having a pleasant and inclusive study and academic environment, as well as its wonderful scenic surroundings! At Evenstad, we offer programs in applied ecology, forestry and wildlife management at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

Additional information about INN is available online here.

About the position

A Ph.D. position (100% full-time employment) is available at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology. The position will run for 3 years, starting in first half of 2022. The candidate will be enrolled in INN’s Ph.D. program in applied ecology and biotechnology, with workplace at Campus Evenstad.

The position is part of the interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research project “Circular use of wood in Norway for improved sustainability and innovation” (CircWood) financed by inter alia the Research Council of Norway. The project’s overarching goal is to assess environmental, social, and economic impacts of wider and new uses of recycled wood. INN leads the research work package where this Ph.D. position is located. Its central aims are to provide better understanding of opportunities and barriers for wood cascading in current regulations and the acceptance of recycled wood, and to provide a roadmap for more wood recycling. Under this research, the selected Ph.D. candidate is expected to survey stakeholders along the wood value-chain and carry out statistical analyses by using state-of-the art experimental and analytical models. The candidate is also expected to undertake qualitative analyses of regulations and standards in Norway and the EU and engage in the writing of a roadmap for policymakers.

The candidate will be supervised by associate professor Hanne Sjølie and prof. Francisco Aguilar (INN). More information about the supervisors can be found here:





The candidate must have a relevant Master’s degree, with an average weighted mark for the Master’s degree programme no lower than B. Applicants with a lower average mark may be admitted after special review.


  • M.S. degree in forest sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or other relevant discipline with a quantitative and/or policy focus
  • Oral and written fluency in English
  • Capacity to work independently and ability to succeed in an inter-disciplinary environment focused on various dimensions of the forest sector
  • Demonstrated result-oriented capacity
  • Strong motivation to successfully complete a Ph.D. program.


  • Applied research experience documented through published paper(s), or thesis
  • Documented experience in surveys, statistical and/or policy analyses
  • Knowledge of the wood sector
  • Fluency in a Scandinavian language
  • Skills in the use of a statistical software, for instance R

How to apply

The application and attachments must be submitted electronically and include the following:

  • Application cover letter that summarizes how the candidate’s motivation and how they meet the position requirements.
  • CV (summary of education and work experience).
  • Copies of academic certificates/transcripts.
  • List of no fewer than three professional references with full contact information.
  • A complete list of scientific and other 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

  • A research position in an ambitious, expanding, and highly international environment
  • Regular and frequent contact with mentors and other colleagues in a cross-disciplinary environment
  • Ample opportunities for personal and scientific development inclusive of international research stays in other European countries, and prospective cooperation with US-based researchers
  • Access to a global network of researchers through institutional membership into the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, among many others
  • Independent and flexible work setting.
  • A campus setting surrounded by forests and mountains with outstanding opportunities for outdoor activities.
  • 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 pensjonskasse (State Pension Fund) will be automatically deducted. All residents in Norway are automatically included in the Norwegian public health system.

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