PhD scholarship in Forest Sciences and Climate change

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    Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
    Biological sciences
    Environmental science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    25/05/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Ås


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 www.nmbu.no

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position in Forest Sciences - forest management under climate change induced natural disturbances.

The 3 year position is part of the project Climate Smart Forestry Norway (CSFN), see

https://www.nmbu.no/en/projects/node/39746 or https://www.nmbu.no/prosjekter/node/39745

The main objectives of the PhD-position will be to develop an overall framework for integrating risk and uncertainty of the natural disturbances in forest management decision-making under climate change. The supervision group will include expertise from Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and NMBU.

Main tasks

The PhD student’s tasks will include:

  • Review occurrences and severity of natural disturbances (root rot, wind, bark beetles and fire) and their links to forest conditions under climate change
  • Modelling occurrence and severity of the occurrence on the timber production, timber quality and incomes
  • Integration of risk and uncertainty of natural disturbances in forest management decision making under climate change

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.


The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

Required Academic qualifications:

  • A relevant master’s degree in forest science, biology or similar
  • Documented quantitative skills

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Documented experience in mathematical programming or statistical analysis
  • Forest or other biological modelling
  • Motivation for the outlined research project

You need to have:

  • Strong motivation and commitment
  • Analytical capacity with an overall grade B or better from your master’s degree
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration
  • Good knowledge of English – both oral and written

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479.600,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact Professor Tron Eid, E-mail: tron.eid@nmbu.no , phone +47 67231722 or Professor Erik Trømborg, E-mail: erik.tromborg@nmbu.no , phone +47 900 41478

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants


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.

Application deadline: 25.04.2020

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically

within the application deadline. The relevant NMBUDepartment may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to: The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) , P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 25.04.2020 . Please quote reference number 20/01403.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

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 .

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