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JOB ALERT: Associate Professor/Professor in forest economics and/or forest policy in Norway!

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant permanent position as Associate Professor or Professor in forest economics and/or forest policy. 

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA; a merger of the former Dept. of Environmental Sciences (IMV) and Dept. of Ecology and Natural Resource Management (INA)) has around 180 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, biology, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature based tourism. The faculty has ca. 600 students, and approx. 90 PhD students. The employees of the faculty 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, expertise

We need a person with expertise within forest economics and/or forest policy. More specifically:

  • A candidate with a main expertise in forest economics should also be versed in the role of forests in climate mitigation and society. Experience with economic analyses and modelling of the forest sector is an advantage.
  • A candidate with a main expertise in forest policy should also document experience from land use in general, and land-use conflicts and communication. An orientation towards social sciences is an advantage.
  • A set of skills combining the two alternatives is of course welcome.

Based on the required expertise and experience outlined above, the person to be employed will have the following main tasks within his/her field:

  • Initiate and undertake research
  • Teach and be responsible for courses
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students
  • Participate in the development of BSc and MSc education programmes
  • Participate in administrative duties

Academic qualifications

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in a relevant field and an academic background that matches the expertise and tasks mentioned above. Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Expertise and experience in the subject
  • Pedagogic and administrative proficiency*
  • Teaching and supervision experience
  • Ability to initiate, acquire and complete research projects
  • Quality, relevance and volume of scientific publications
  • International collaboration and experience
  • The applicant’s vision for his/her future research and teaching at NMBU
  • Good skills in English, and capable to teach in a Scandinavian language

*If the person employed does not hold formal proficiency in pedagogics, he/she is obliged to complete NMBU’s course in university pedagogy (PPUN400) within two years after appointment.

Desired personal qualities

Personal characteristics important for the position are:

  • High working capacity and ability to work in teams
  • Pedagogic, collaborative and communicative, including the ability to establish new contacts and develop networks
  • Ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and students

NMBU is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to increase its number of female scientific staff. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

NMBU offers

  • An academic institution with a strong focus on natural resource management and dedication to professional development, dissemination and expertise.
  • 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 a 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 Acting Dean, Professor Sjur Baardsen, e-mail address:

Application and appointment process

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.

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.

Application deadline: February 15th, 2017

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, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås. Please quote reference number: 16/05573. Deadline: February 15th, 2017

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.

Go and apply here: Associate Professor or Professor in forest economics and/or forest policy in Norway! 


4 thoughts on “JOB ALERT: Associate Professor/Professor in forest economics and/or forest policy in Norway!

  1. How does the university network/collaborate with Southern/Developing world nations natural resources academics in addressing the climate change mitigation/adaptation challenge? How could such partnerships, if any created and/or enhanced?

    1. Victor, I can tell you that The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), where I currently work, has a long history of colaboration with academic institutions in developing countries. Many agreements with universities in the South have been in place since the 1970s and have focused on research, education and capacity building. Institutional partnerships with universities in developing countries are mainly administered through the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric)”. You can read more information at this website:

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