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2 PhD positions – Landscape architecture, Planning, Horticulture – NMBU, Norway, 2022


The School of Landscape Architecture, Faculty for Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is announcing two 3-year PhD fellowship positions at Norway – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

School of Landscape Architecture, Faculty for Landscape and Society

NMBU Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway


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Qualification Details

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at the Fafulty. 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 Academic qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field for chosen approach, i.e. landscape architecture, planning, plant sciences, horticulture or related degrees
  • Documented strong academic background from previous studies(Master degree GPA: B or better; Master thesis B or better)
  • Documented proficiency in both written and oral English

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Knowledge about or work within the relevant Norwegian context
  • Relevant professional experiences 2-5 years
  • Depending on the chosen perspective, good language skills in one of the Scandinavian languages

You need to:

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

The energy crisis of the 2000s, caused in part by the decline in oil reserves and the demand to reduce the use of CO2-emitting energy production, has triggered a renewed debate on what Norway should do with its natural resources. On the one hand, successive governments have promoted the development of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power; on the other hand, one investigates the expansion of well-known renewable energy sources such as hydropower. All options have strong implications on how the landscape will be changed in various ways.

Norway’s way of meeting the urgent need for a transition to carbon-neutral energy production requires substantial reorientation efforts. Norway's 'Post-oil' scenario also applies to the entire world. Solutions need to be found for technological, social-cultural, and ecological challenges, and seen together. A transdisciplinary approach will challenge the discipline of landscape architecture – and this is one of the important questions – how may landscape architecture respond adequately to the imperative of a truly transdisciplinary approach.

With two PhD fellowships, we wish to investigate past and future landscape approaches departing from any of the following perspectives.

1.     Historical perspective

2.     Social/cultural perspective

3.     Ecological perspective

4.     Design - Integration of technology: urban and other landscapes

A detailed elaboration of each perspective can be found in the deliberation document.

Applicants are asked to send in a short project proposal (max. 2 pages) with the application. In its review of the incoming applications the School of Landscape Architecture will look for projects with potential for collaboration between candidates.

The faculty is about to establish a new Research School on the green shift and energy transition which may provide a productive learning environment for prospective candidates.

Main tasks

The appointed candidates are admitted to a PhD programme at the faculty. The PhD programme consists of mandatory and elective courses with oral and written examinations and a major research component.

The successful candidates are 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.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Project proposal with research question, methods/empirical approach, expected outcome (1-2 pages) related to one of the above-mentioned perspectives
  • 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 Department

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. It offers popular, forward-focused Bachelor, Master’s and PhD programmes. The Faculty is interdisciplinary and works with sustainable social development, both nationally and internationally.

The faculty offers two PhD programmes:

  • Society Development and Planning
  • International Environment and Development Studies

School of Landscape Architecture (ILA):The School of Landscape Architecture has around 40 permanent and temporary employees of which 10 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 Department.

About the Employer:


The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 491 200) 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.

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Contact details

For further information, please contact Head of Department Tore Edvard Bergaust ([email protected]).

For more information about the PhD programme contact the coordinator ([email protected]).

The successful applicants are expected to start in the position 1 September 2022 and be at campus on a daily basis.

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants

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