Lab. Engineer for fire saftey project PREWISS

Deadline: 22.02.2024

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 17,500 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Technology, Environmental and Social Sciences has approximately 370 employees and approximately 3260 students. The faculty has a broad education offering at both the bachelor and master's level in engineering and sciences, as well as PhD education in computer technology. Mohn center for Innovation and Regional Development researches and offers master's programs in innovation and entrepreneurship. The dive-training program offers one-year vocational education.

The majority of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Stord. The faculty's activities are internationally rooted and work in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health enterprises and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation, and not least, education with student projects at all levels.

The Department of Safety, Chemistry and Biomedical laboratory sciences has over 60 employees in full-time and part-time positions. The department has four bachelor's programs and one master's program. In Bergen, we have a bachelor's program for bioengineering and chemistry engineering. At campus Haugesund we have a bachelor's program for fire engineering education and HSE engineering education as well as a master's program in fire safety. The department has laboratories with state-of-the-art instrument parks, a broad research activity and close collaboration with many companies in the region.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Technology, Environmental and Social Sciences, has one available temporary position as Lab. Engineer for fire safety project PREWISS

About the position:

Existing tools and information about fire behaviour of vegetation are developed for areas with very different characteristics than the ones observed in the North of Europe, and are therefore not accurate for this area. To fill this gap, PREWISS is focused on vegetation and its fire behaviour located in Scandinavia. The main goal of PREWISS is to develop an interactive tool that can be broadly used to predict and prevent wildfires in Scandinavia. This goal will be addressed by studying the specifics of fire behaviour of Scandinavian vegetation, as well as developing new maps specifically for the conditions that are found in this area.

The PREWISS project involves a number of experiments. These experiments will be run both in the fire lab at campus and in the Hall of Flame.

We are looking for a person with experience working in a fire laboratory, and with a master’s degree in fire safey to performe these experiments. 

The position is temporary, for following period of time: 15.03.2024 - 31.12.2024

Workplace is campus Haugesund.

Key duties- and responsibilities:

  • Developing of new design devices
  • Test of new methodologies
  • Collection of samples from nature
  • Development of experimental series in the lab



  • Master on fire safety engineering or similar education
  • Experience from laboratory and similar tasks
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English

Personal skills:

  • Ability of work independently
  • Good decision making
  • High focus on HSE
  • Detail oriented

We offer:

• Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

• Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development

• Opportunities for training within the working hours 

The position as x is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1085 (departmental engineer).

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see here for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

Application procedure:

Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. 

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Work and residence permit

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Work and residence permit in Norway must be granted befor entering the position.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation might be applied in the processing of the applications.


1) Assistant head of department, Per Fredrik L. Hemmingsson, E-mail: fredrik.hemmingsson@hvl.no

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