Are you interested in ecological and resilient designs that cope with the predicted climate changes?

NMBU - Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet, Ås

Søknadsfrist: 11. april 2023

Climate change and the challenges of designing resilient ecological plantings in the 21st century

NMBU - Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet, Ås


Søknadsfrist: 11. april 2023

About the position

The School of Landscape Architecture, Faculty for Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is announcing a 3-year PhD fellowship position. The fellowship is affiliated with the research group Management of outdoor spaces and green aesthetics (FUGE).

Climate change, increased urbanization and loss of habitats are three of the biggest challenges facing the world today. To create ecological and resilient designs that cope with the predicted changes in climate and loss of nature, we need to rethink plant selection and arrangement.

This project aims to re-examine the design and plant selection for green roofs or rain gardens. It aims to mimic the spatial and structural form of how these plants grow in the wild. Choosing species that can cope with the urban environment and that can establish a self-sustainable population is an ongoing challenge for landscape professionals.

Another challenge is the restrictions within The Norwegian Nature Diversity Act, which limits the use of non-native plants. Research on the benefits and suitability of native plant material in different types of urban green infrastructure, remains scarce and therefore this research will be important for the ecology of future cities.

The theory of ‘right plant right place’ will be used to ensure that the plants ‘fit’ the stressful harsh urban conditions such as flooding – drought, salt exposure and frost – thaw. The findings will show how plants respond to stressors in different mixes and create a plant directory for designers.

Main tasks
The appointed candidate will be admitted to a PhD program at the faculty. The program offers mandatory and elective courses with oral and written examinations as well as guidance in the development of the candidates’ research project. 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 of three years.

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at the faculty. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme and have a documented strong academic background from previous studies. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the supplementary provisions for the Faculty’s PhD programmes.

Required qualifications:

- Master’s degree in plant sciences, plant physiology, plant ecology, landscape architecture or related topics with a GPA of minimum B
- Understanding of Northern European nature types and Northern European plant species.
- Basic knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis and interest in applied research.
- Documented proficiency in both written and oral English

The following will be emphasized:
- Experience with plant experiments and instrumentation
- Experience with research and publishing

You need to:

- Have strong motivation and commitment.
- Have high motivation for research.
- Have the ability to work diligently and independently.
- Be motivated to collaborate in an international team.

Remuneration and further information
The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD Fellow. PhD Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 501 200) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations. Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and College PhD scholars.

The successful applicant is expected to start in the position 1 September 2023 at the latest and be regularly present on the NMBU campus.

For further information please contact Vice dean Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn,, or associate professor Line Rosef,

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants

To apply online for these vacancies, 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 do not have one already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 11.04.2023


In the application, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process.

The shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview as a part of the evaluation process Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

- An application letter stating the applicant’s motivation for research within the topic.
- A project proposal related to the above-mentioned, including a research question, an indication of possible methods or empirical approach for the study and of expected outcome (1-2 pages)
- Complete CV
- Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Diploma, transcript. - Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master). Diplomas, transcripts, and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original language. An English translation of these documents must also be attached.
- Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system.
- Documentation of proficiency in written and oral English
- Names and contact details for two references.
- Additional relevant documentation of professional knowledge (for example, list of scientific works)

About the Faculty of Landscape and Society
The Faculty of Landscape and Society is home to some of Norway's foremost academic environments within international environment and development studies, public health science, landscape architecture, landscape engineering, urban and regional planning, property development and property law. The faculty has 1300 students and 180 employees divided into five departments and a faculty administration. The faculty also offers two PhD programmes:

- Society Development and Planning
- International Environment and Development Studies

The School of Landscape Architecture has around 40 permanent and temporary employees, of which 10 are PhD candidates, and 300 students, and is a nationally leading environment within its field. It is the oldest academic community within Landscape Architecture in Europe. The department offers a 5-year Master's program in Landscape Architecture, a 2-year Master's in Global Landscape Architecture and a 3-year Bachelor's degree in Landscape Engineering. The Department hosts five academic groups: Design and planning; Management of outdoor spaces and green aesthetics (FUGE); History and theory; and Landscape planning and 3D visualization. The Department is also responsible for the Norwegian Landscape Laboratory at NMBU and the Historical Archive for Norwegian Landscape Architecture. Read more about the School. 

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
NMBU's focus is a joint effort for a sustainable future. Our university will contribute to securing the future of life, through outstanding research, education, communication and innovation.

NMBU has 1,900 employees of which about 500 phd scholarships and 6,700 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at