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Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (NMBU), Norge

Professor/Associate Professor and Head of Department in Urban and Regional Planning – 16/05506

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2019, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.

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Professor/Associate Professor and Head of Department in Urban and Regional Planning – 16/05506

The Faculty of Landscape and Society announces a full-time and permanent professorship or associate professorship in urban and regional planning, at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The successful candidate will be appointed as head of department for the first four years of employment. This leadership role will take up 50 % of their working time, alongside research and education.

The Faculty of Landscape and Society, newly established on 1st January 2017 as part of a university wide reorganisation, has 1300 students and 180 staff. It contains five departments, 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 science.

The Department

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning currently has 22 staff and six PhD students, with backgrounds including urban and regional planning, environmental and landscape planning, architecture, human geography, political science and sociology. Their main fields of expertise are substantive and procedural aspects of urban planning, regional planning in urban and rural areas, place development and place making, sustainable urban development, land use and transport planning, environmental and landscape planning, the planning system and planning theory. These fields are pursued in research, education and outreach.

The department provides a 5 year master program in Urban and Regional Planning, with around 160 students overall. The program is mainly taught in Norwegian, but also contains teaching in English. The department leads and participates in many national and international research projects.

Main tasks

Head of Department:

The head has the following responsibilities:

  • overall responsibility for the department’s academic activities, and for ensuring that the unit promotes quality in education, research, research education, innovation and communication
  • participation in strategic development at the faculty, and ensuring that objectives and performance requirements are followed up in the department
  • representing and positioning the department and promote internal and external collaboration
  • ensuring good and professional management with an emphasis on quality in teaching and research
  • creating a positive organisational culture and foster a productive working environment

Experience in the following areas will be an advantage:

  • leadership in the higher education and research sector
  • knowledge of trends and developments in the sector
  • generation of research funding
  • inclusive work style characterised by cooperation, participation and dialogue
  • ability to inspire and motivate
  • ability to inspire confidence and develop internal and external networks

The head reports to the Dean and participates in the Dean’s leadership group.

Candidates should be willing to contribute to a positive and inclusive working environment, and be able to communicate effectively with students, employers, stakeholders and wider society.

The academic field

The position is in the field of urban and regional planning. Applicants are welcomed from relevant fields including planning, landscape architecture, architecture, social sciences, economics and the humanities. The successful applicant will have a proven track record in research and teaching within the broad field of urban and regional planning.

Criteria for appointment as a professor include an academic level conforming to international or national standards in research, and documented competence in teaching and supervision. NMBU requires that applicants for professorship normally have been the main supervisor for at least two PhD students and normally have the capacity to teach in another area than their main specialty.

Key criteria for appointment as an associate professor are a doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality, and documented competence in relevant educational theory and practice based on teaching and supervision.

Candidates should have experience of working in multidisciplinary environments, and be internationally oriented. Candidates should have strong national and international networks, and will have the ability to initiate and take part in national and international collaboration. Research and educational experience from EU/ERA/ERASMUS+ and national research councils is highly relevant.

It will be an advantage if a candidate has a working knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. Candidates who do not have Scandinavian language competence will be expected to learn Norwegian within two years of appointment. It is also a prerequisite that the person appointed resides in a location enabling them to be present at the institution on a regular basis.

NMBU is under reorganisation, and changes in the position may occur.

NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.


The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale. The position will be remunerated as 1013 Professor within wage grades 72 - 82 (currently NOK 648 100 - 835 500), or as 1011 Associate Professor, wage grades 63 - 76 (currently NOK 546 400 - 702 500) according to qualifications and experience.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterised 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.

Academic staff who are employed without having a formal pedagogical qualification in university level teaching, and are unable to document equivalent qualifications, are required to complete a course that gives such pedagogical qualifications within two years of taking up appointment. The University offers such courses.

The appointment is subject to the conditions in the public sector, and the person appointed must accept any changes in the field of work, such as: changes due to developments in the subject area, the organisational changes that may result from decisions regarding the department's and the university's activities, and changes due to the future development of the study programs.

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.

Further information

Further details about the position can be obtained from the Acting Dean Eva Falleth, phone: + 47 41908506/e-mail: or acting Head of Department, Professor Tim Richardson, phone: + 47 67231230/e-mail:


The application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A description of your plans and vision for the position (up to 2 pages)
  • A complete list of peer-reviewed publications
  • Copies of selected scientific publications, relevant to the position (up to 10 works)
  • Documentation of competence in teaching and supervision (up to 5 examples of educational activities and/or competence)
  • Copies of certificates and diplomas

The documentation of submitted works in research and education must contain a description of the applicant's role in the project.

NMBU prefers electronic submissions, and will only ask for non-electronic copies from the short-listed applicants. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview and trial lecture based on the evaluation of the applicants by an academic expert committee.

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: 31.01.2017

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.

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU har studier og forskning som møter de store globale spørsmålene om miljø, bærekraftig utvikling, bedre folke- og dyrehelse, klimautfordringer, fornybare energikilder, matproduksjon og areal- og ressursforvaltning.



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