Posted on: 8 July, 2019
Application deadline: August 1, 2019

Postdoctoral tenure track position in interdisciplinary knowledge construction for Environmental Governance, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway

About the position

The Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM), the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), has an open postdoctoral tenure track position in interdisciplinary knowledge construction for environmental governance. The position is for up to six years with a possibility for a permanent position.

We are looking for candidates with demonstrated expertise at the interface between society and the environment with a base in applied ecology.

Candidates must have an interdisciplinary background, including a strong record in the natural sciences, documented record in the social sciences, and work at the interface of topics such as ecological systems and services, agroecology, ecological economics, political ecology and sustainability sciences, applied to contemporary issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, sustainable food systems and the green shift.

Main tasks

The position covers research and education. Main tasks are:

  • Initiate and perform high quality research and education
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct research projects with external funding (e.g. the Norwegian Research Council, EU, ERC and/or ERA)
  • Develop, teach and administer study courses
  • Supervision of Bachelor, Master, and potentially PhD theses
  • Assume administrative duties
  • Collaboration within the department, faculty and university
  • Develop or participate in national and international networks

Academic qualifications and skills

The applicant must have:

  • A PhD degree in ecology or similar relevant fields, defended within the five years preceding the application deadline for this position
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and conduct research across environment and development studies
  • Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, both individually and as part of a team
  • Excellence in written and spoken English

Applicants who have completed maximum 12 months of a post doc fellowship can apply.

The applicant should have:

  • Experiences in supervision and teaching at the University level
  • Experiences with research projects
  • Experiences with popular research dissemination and communication
  • Connections to professional networks nationally and internationally

Candidates should have basic command of one Scandinavian language as a working language. If a successful candidate has no proficiency in a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment, s/he will within three years of the appointment be expected to learn Norwegian to professional working proficiency level necessary to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

If the person appointed does not have formal competence in pedagogics, she/he is obliged to complete a course in university pedagogics within two years after appointment.

Personal skills:

  • Personal ambitions to develop and lead research and education
  • Strong commitment to excellence
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills
  • Ability work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Willingness to contribute to fulfill the Department’s strategic priorities

Remuneration and information

The selected candidate will be appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow, code 1352, wage framework 24, salary grade 59-65 (NOK 523 200 – 583 900 per annum). A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointed candidate must sign a tenure track agreement and fulfil the criteria in the national regulation for tenure tracks.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Dr. Shai A. Divon, tlf: +47 67231351  email:

General information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above.

The applicant must submit:

  • A cover letter, a complete CV, certified copies of relevant transcripts, up to five relevant scientific publications and a publication plan for the tenure track period.
  • The names and contact details for two references.
  • A draft proposal of 2000 words for a research agenda on interdisciplinary knowledge integration for environmental governance relevant to our institutional setting.
  • A draft proposal for a course suitable for master students in at least two of the master programs at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies. The proposal must include the course objectives, a course description which specifies how the objectives are to be achieved, and a course outline.

The proposed research agenda and course description are part of the assessment and does not indicate that the department will carry out the proposals should the candidate be appointed.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present certified copies of their diplomas and certificates and may be invited to give a trial lecture. Incomplete applications will be excluded from the appointment process.

Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically.

Application deadline: August 1st 2019


LANDSAM has 1300 students and 180 staff. It consists of five sub-units, carrying out research and education in the fields of urban and regional planning, property management and law, landscape architecture, international environment and development studies, and public health.

The faculty has eleven study programs and two research education programs. Some of these are taught in Norwegian with a national focus and others in English with an international focus. The faculty also has a strong research record with a large portfolio of externally funded research projects.

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) is a leading education and research institution in Norway, conducting world class and highly internationalized critical interdisciplinary research across the fields of International Relations, Environment and Global Development Studies, focusing on global challenges on the intersection between social and natural processes.

Noragric is organized in four research clusters on rights and power in development, climate change and agricultural development, conflict and human security, and environmental governance. It comprises 35 academic staff, 30 PhD candidates and 400 fulltime students, and is responsible for one Bachelor program, three Master programs, and a PhD program.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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