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PostDoc Radiation Risk Communication

Deadline: 20.09.2019

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2-year PostDoc position within Radiation Risk Communication associated with risk assessment, with a possibility of extension. The position is linked to the CERAD Centre of Excellence for Environmental Radioactivity.

The CERAD Centre of Excellence for Environmental Radioactivity Chemistry was established in 2013 at NMBU in collaboration with the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, the Meteorological Institute, the National Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Institute of Water Research, and is funded until 2022 by the Research Council of Norway.

CERAD has initiated long term basic research to improve the ability to accurately assess the radiological impact and risks from environmental radioactivity, also combined with other stressors. By focusing on key factors contributing to the overall uncertainties, state-of-the- art tools and methods are developed to better manage those risks.

Read more about CERAD here.

Main tasks

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

About MINA

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally.
The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

Read more about MINA here

The work of the PostDoc candidate will focus on risk communication associated with the impacts of ionising radiation, also in combination with other stressors. The work should reflect different areas of research at the centre (e.g., health, environment, radon, decommissioning), and include:

  • Developing communication strategies based on knowledge of risk assessments of environmental stressors carried out at CERAD, including addressing uncertainties.
  • Performing research on the needs and concerns of the public regarding the perception of radiation risks and mitigating actions.
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of stakeholder engagement activities linked to decision-making on assessment and management of radiation risks.
  • Publish results in peer reviewed literature and present research at national and international meetings.
  • The work will be performed in collaboration with other natural and social scientists within ongoing national and international science projects.

Academic Qualifications and personal skills:

Required academic qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD degree in risk communication within the area of environmental science. Experience from work with ionizing radiation or nuclear risks is required, and authorisation to work with ionising radiation will be mandatory. Practical experience with stakeholder engagement is an advantaged.

Required personal skills

  • Enthusiasm and creativity in research and education
  • Ability to work individually and in teams
  • Ability to work in a result-oriented environment
  • Flexibility with respect to work tasks
  • Ability to create a positive working environment
  • Good capabilities in English, both orally and in writing

NMBU is working with determination to increase equality and emphasize gender balance in management teams. Knowledge of and results from active gender equality work will be given importance when recruiting to this position.

Remuneration and information

Depending on qualifications, the postdoc position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-65) (NOK 523.200 - 583.900), depending on qualifications.

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Information to applicants


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Application deadline: 20.09.2019

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 20.09.2019.

Please quote reference number 19/03926

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