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 2020, 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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Researcher/scientist: Analytical chemistry/Radiochemistry – Speciation of trace elements and radionuclides - 17/03755

At the CERAD Centre of Environmental Radioactivity (Centre of Excellence), Faculty of Environmental Sciences and natural resources (MINA)/Section for Environmental chemistry, there is a 1 year position (with possible extension) open for a research scientist within environmental radioactivity/radioecology with focus upon radionuclide speciation, in geological (particles) or biological materials using advanced techniques.


The position is funded by CERAD CoE


The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) has about 180 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, biology and ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, nature based tourism. The faculty has ca. 600 students, and approximately 90 PhD-students. The employees of the faculty are significant participants in their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally and have a high level of scientific production. For more information:


In 2013 the CERAD Center of excellence was established at MINA/Isotope Laboratory in collaboration with NRPA, MET, NIVA and NIPH. CERAD focuses on new scientific knowledge and tools for better protection of people and the environment from harmful effects of radiation. For more information see



Research project

The project will be an integrated part of CERAD and the work will be performed in close collaboration with other projects on the characterization of radionuclide/trace element species in different sample matrices (water, soils, biological samples), utilizing advanced equipment at NMBU or internationally, thus offering an interdisciplinary and stimulating scientific environment to the researcher. The CERAD consortium provides expertise on different methodologies and instruments associated with radionuclide/metal speciation. The research work will also be performed in collaboration with international partners offering access to international platforms.


Following severe nuclear events (nuclear weapon tests, nuclear accidents) a major fraction of radionuclides released to the environment was present as radioactive particles. Such entities may carry substantial radioactivity and represent point sources of radiological concern. Focus is therefore to link particle characteristics and radionuclide speciation to sources, and to link particle characteristics to ecosystem transfer (e.g., weathering rates), utilizing advanced technologies. Part of the work will be linked to the particle archive available at NMBU.



Main tasks

The main tasks of the Researcher/scientist position are to:

  • Characterize radioactive particles with respect to composition, particle size distribution, structure and oxidation state of the carrying matrices, using 2D and 3D techniques
  • Link the particle characteristics to specific sources
  • Link particle characteristics to weathering rates utilizing defined extracting agents
  • Utilize separation techniques for quantifying exotic radionuclides such as transuranics.

The work will be carried out as part of a team of researchers, doctoral fellows and graduate students at the Centre of Environmental Radioactivity, The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, and together with international partners.




Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in radioecology/nuclear chemistry/nuclear physics/material sciences. For candidates without competence within radiation, the Radiation protection course (KJM350) offered at NMBU will be mandatory.


Experience from work with ionizing radiation or radionuclides as well as with solid state speciation techniques (SEM, synchrotron- radiation based techniques, X-ray) will be an advantage.


Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Competence with respect to ionizing radiation or radionuclides
  • Experience with advanced technologies (X-ray or synchrotron radiation based techniques)
  • Competence with respect to radiochemical separations

In addition the candidate must have:

  • Good knowledge of the English language – both written and oral.
  • Good communication skills, both related to research and presentations in general.


Personal qualities

Personal characteristics important for the position are:

  • Strong motivation
  • Creativity and ability to work result-oriented, accurate and structured.
  • Analytical ability
  • Ability to work independently as well as ability to be a good team player.


NMBU offers:

  • A progressive and ambitious academic institution with a focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Inspiration through daily contact with students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.



The salary of a research scientist is ranked by the Norwegian government salary scale at 57-67 (NOK 486.100-584.300). Increase in salary will be according to seniority rights.



Further information

For further information, please contact Associate professor (1. amanuensis) Ole Christian Lind. E-mail:




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: 22.09.2017


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.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Environmental Science, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 22.09.2017. Please quote reference number 17/03755.


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.


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.

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