Professor/Associate Professor in Terrestrial Ecology and Nature Management

Nord University
Steinkjer (By), Trøndelag (NO)
The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale, salary placement (Lpl.) 1
August 01 2019
Life Sciences, Ecology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Professor/Associate Professor

in Terrestrial Ecology and Nature Management


Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,400 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people who promote 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 25 different countries. The Faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture has 900 students and 150 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare.

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About the position

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord university seeks a professor/associate professor with substantial research experience record to strengthen the faculty´s research and study programmes in terrestrial ecology and nature management.

The faculty is expanding the existing master and PhD programmes to include specialisations in terrestrial ecology and the new professor/associate professor will contribute to developing relevant courses and topics for these programmes. The position includes course instruction at both bachelor and master level, as well as supervision of bachelor, master and PhD theses.  

In addition to teaching and research, the position also includes administrative tasks linked to teaching, research and dissemination.

Qualifications and responsibilities

  • The position entails teaching and supervision at all levels
  • Supervision of Masters and PhD students
  • 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 will be 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

We seek candidates with substantial research record within terrestrial ecology or nature management that can supplement and strengthen ongoing research in terrestrial ecology at the faculty. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong analytic background whose research is focussed on the ecology of northern terrestrial ecosystems. This could be in relation to, for example, forest ecology, wildlife management or biodiversity patterns. Knowledge of Norwegian legislation for nature management is an advantage but not a requirement.

For appointment as professor, the candidate should possess a good record of accomplishment of internationally recognized research within terrestrial ecology and/or nature management. Experience from grant procurement from national and international funding agencies is a requirement. For the assessment of candidates for full professorship, the selection committee will make use of the qualification descriptions for professor as they appear in the note Coordination of the procedures for promotion to full professor at the science faculties of universities in Norway, adopted by the National Faculty Meeting of Sciences and National Council for Technological Education, August 2016.

For appointment to the position as associate professor, we require a doctoral degree in a relevant field, and experience in research within terrestrial ecology and/or nature management which has led to peer-reviewed publications. Experience from national/international grant procurement is beneficial. If the candidate has a foreign degree, it has to be approved as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

The successful candidate must be fluent in English and preferably also in Norwegian, Danish or Swedish. If the candidate does not speak Norwegian at the time of appointment, he/she is obliged to take actions to master Norwegian/Danish/Swedish within three years. This is necessary as the study programme Bachelor in Nature Management is preferably taught in Norwegian.

The candidate should have pedagogical skills and relevant teaching experience. Applicants that cannot document basic formal pedagogical training must complete this within the first two years of employment. Nord University offers such training.

The faculty operates in close contact with financing bodies, researchers from other fields and departmental managers, which means that the successful candidate will be expected to work in close cooperation with such organisations. The candidate should also possess good communication and team building skills.

FBA’s offer to the successful candidate

The successful candidate will be a member of a fast growing, successful faculty at Nord University involved in advanced research programmes. You will join the Ecology group, consisting of members both in Bodø and in Steinkjer. The majority of the group members have educational background in biology, molecular ecology and/or nature management. You will be located in Steinkjer, and it is expected that you will cooperate with your colleagues in Bodø. In Steinkjer, you will have access to good facilities for applied research in terrestrial ecology, and in Bodø, you will have additional access to advanced state-of-the-art laboratory facilities (e.g. genomic platform).


The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale, salary placement (Lpl.) 17.510, code 1013 Professor or code 1011 Associate Professor. Salary by agreement.

As an employee of Nord University, the successful candidate will be a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and will acquire access to other social benefits. A statutory payment to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from the salary automatically. 

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. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of recording whether this target is achieved or not.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact the dean Professor Dr Ketil Eiane, e-mail:, phone: +47 75517333 or Associate Professor Dr Jan Eivind Østnes, email:, phone: +47 74112125.

For questions on administrative matters, please contact Senior Adviser Tom Kilskar, e-mail:, phone: +47 74112258.

Application and selection procedure

Applications must be submitted electronically by August 31, 2019. The application and all enclosed documentation must be in English. Applications that do not fulfil this requirement will be dismissed.

Applicants for this position are requested to include the following information:

  • Cover letter, including description of research plans for a 5-year period with a focus on the fields mentioned in the announcement text where relevant
  • CV (which provides an overview of educational background, list of past academic or other relevant positions, teaching and supervisory experience, administrative experience, research profile and other relevant qualifying activities)
  • Copies of diplomas and certificates
  • Name, phone number and e-mail addresses for minimum two references
  • A complete list of scientific production / academic work
  • Complete copies of a selection of a maximum of 15 of the applicant's most relevant publications / academic work that the applicant would like the evaluation committee to take into consideration

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within this deadline.

Selection procedure

As the first step in the evaluation process, an internal selection committee will assess all applications and the most relevant applications will sent to the Academic Evaluation Committee appointed for these positions. Based on the evaluation report, the faculty management will invite the most highly ranked candidates for an interview and a trial lecture.

After the application deadline, an applicant list will be announced publicly. Applicants asking for confidentiality must specifically explain the reasons for this in their application. Even if the applicant has asked for confidentiality, the information can be published if the reasons for confidentiality is not found to relevant. In this case, the applicants will be given notice prior to the announcement, and has the opportunity to withdraw the application.

Application deadline: 31.08.2019 30072473