Professor in Terrestrial Ecology

Deadline: 19.06.2022


Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.

In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.

Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 31 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 165 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

About the position

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA), Nord University, Steinkjer Norway, invites applications for a permanent 50% position as professor in Terrestrial Ecology.

We seek a candidate to strengthen the existing research foci of the Terrestrial Ecology Unit at Steinkjer. The candidate must have a track record of high-impact research in population ecology, conservation and management of bird and mammal populations, preferably also in relation to hunting and other forms for natural resource management. It is advantageous for the candidate to demonstrate an interest and document skills in the statistical analysis of large datasets, including data from citizens science programs. We seek a candidate who brings with them an established network of contacts in both scientific, management and policy environments.

The successful candidate must be able to contribute to teaching at both bachelor, master and potentially also PhD level in the Nature Management programmes at Steinkjer, ideally with a demonstrated ability to help develop master programmes. Contribution to teaching at the bachelor program requires mastery of a Scandinavian language. The candidate must have successfully supervised several masters students and ideally have experience with doctoral student supervision.

Nord University faculties are distributed over several campuses, so co-operation between faculty regardless of geographical location is important. The position may involve tasks at Nord University’s other campuses.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The position entails teaching and supervision at all levels
  • Initiating and developing interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues at the Faculty
  • Facilitating of research projects with national and international partners
  • Participation in the development of externally funded research projects is expected, as well as furthering research collaborations with national and international partners.
  • It is assumed that the appointee will contribute to the development of the academic community in the faculty, together with other colleagues.

Qualification requirements


  • Appointment at the rank of professor will be based on documented research and teaching competence within applied terrestrial ecology.
  • The qualification requirement for professor is an academic level in accordance with international standards in the applicable subject area. When assessing candidates for a professorship, the committee will use the national criteria for professor promotion, cf. note from UHR Coordination of the processes for professor promotion in MNT subjects.
  • Adequate professional educational competence is a requirement for this position. In addition to the basic skills in respect of the planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision which apply the position of an associate professor, applicants must provide documentary proof of the following: quality development in teaching and supervision, broad supervisory experience and joint professional development of educational quality. Due to an amendment in Regulations from 1 September 2019, Nord University have implemented supplementary provisions on educational competence. For further information please refer to Nord University’s website.

For all scientific positions:

  • Good oral and written presentation skills in English and Norwegian (or possibly another Scandinavian language)
  • For applicants who do not have one of the Scandinavian languages as their native language, oral and written Norwegian language skills must be documented.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Research and development with relevance to the position
  • Emphasis will be placed on publications within the last five years
  • Experience with international research networks and projects with external funding
  • Experience from teaching and academic supervision at bachelor-, master- and doctoral- levels from the university and college sector
  • Educational qualifications from a college, university or equivalent
  • Pedagogical skills
  • Relevant professional practice
  • Good skills in communication and collaboration with students, colleagues
  • Individual qualities that can contribute positively to the workplace environment
  • Good oral and written presentation skills in English and Norwegian (or possibly another Scandinavian language)

We offer

The position is compensated according to government regulations, LPL 17.510, code 1013 Professor. Salary by agreement.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply for the position. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview and trial lecture. These will be decisive for the appointment.


Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 19.06.2022.

The electronic application must contain:

  • Cover letter
  • Complete CV summarizing education, positions held, teaching and research experience, publications, administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and certificates
  • Complete copies of up to 15 of the most relevant publications / academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered, along with a list of those submitted. The list should include five publications that the applicant believes to be most important, along with the reasons why. The doctoral dissertation should be included
  • Pedagogical CV and reflection note in accordance with supplementary provisions for educational competence
  • Documentation of other activities which the applicant considers relevant to the position and desires to be considered in the assessment
  • Contact information for 2-3 referees

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application.

Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

Application deadline: 19.06.2022

Ref.nr. 30144820

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