The Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant permanent position as associate professor or professor in Wood technology

Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management (INA) has about 100 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of biology and ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, nature based tourism and forest sciences. Wood technology is an important part of the forest sciences at INA, and includes research on raw materials, industrial processes, products and markets in the value chain from growth of the tree to the forest products markets. Currently, the department has ca. 370 students, and approximately 50 PhD-students. The employees of the department are significant participants in their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally and have a high level of scientific production. For more information:

Main tasks

  • Research objectives for this position cover topics in the value chain from forest to timber-based forest product markets, with emphasis on sawmilling industry, its production processes, technology and economy, consumer preferences, products and markets.
  • The position has an essential role for teaching in bachelor and master forestry courses with special focus on forest industries. Supervising master and PhD students will be an important duty.
  • The person to be employed is expected to participate in administrative duties and take part in the general aspects of NMBU’s affairs.

Academic qualifications

The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree and document broad qualifications on research within several of the above mentioned tasks.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • In addition to scientific qualifications, teaching experience, pedagogical and administrative competence will be emphasized. If the person employed does not hold formal competence in pedagogics, he/she is obliged to complete NMBU’s course in university pedagogy within 2 years after appointment.
  • Experience in initiation of research projects, particularly in cooperation with industry, will be emphasized.
  • Good skills in English are required.
  • Skills in one or more Scandinavian languages

Desired personal qualities

Personal characteristics important for the position are:

  • Good collaborative and communicative skills, including ability to establish contacts and develop network. It is important to be proactive with regard to networking with industry.
  • Ability to initiate, acquire and complete projects

NMBU offers

  • An academic institution with a strong focus on natural resource management and dedication to professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that offers exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • An attractive benefits package and welfare schemes.
  • Attractive combination of rural surrounding and proximity to Norway’s capital city, Oslo.
  • Opportunities for outdoor activities with access to excellent hiking areas around Oslo and proximity to the Oslofjord.


The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1011 Associate Professor, wage framework 24 (salary grade 57-77), depending on qualifications, or pay scale position code 1013 professor,  salary grade 69-80, depending on qualifications


Further information

For further information, please contact Head of Department, professor  Sjur Baardsen, phone: +47 415 15 562 (e-mail address: )



Application and appointment process

The application should be written in English. To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. The application should include (electronically) approved copies of transcripts and certificates.

Application deadline: June 5th 2016


Interviews will be used in the appointment process, in addition to a trial lecture for those that are short-listed for the position. In this part of the process, collaborative skills and personal attitude will be considered, and references must be given.



Selected publications

The applicant must attach up to ten publications of the most relevant papers for this position. 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 needed.


Printed material that cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Ecology and Natural Resource management, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås. Please quote reference number: 16/02293. Deadline: June 5th 2016



Verified testimonies, certificates

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.


The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld