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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Head of Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric – 17/03924

The Faculty of Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) seeks a Head of Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric, for a period of four years with possibility for one new period. It is a full-time position with the main responsibility to lead the Department, but with opportunity to pursue some own research and teaching. We are looking for an engaged and motivated leader who has vision for International Environment and Development Studies and the will to further develop the position and the Department’s contribution to society.


The Faculty of Landscape and Society has about 1300 students and 180 staff. It comprises five academic departments carrying out research and education in International Environment and Development Studies, Landscape Architecture, Public Health Science, Real Estate Management and Law, and Urban and Regional Planning.


The Department is a leading national and international institution in the field of International Environment and Development Studies. The Department has about 40 academic staff, 30 PhD candidates and around 550 students. Staff are organized in four interdisciplinary research clusters addressing the fields of (i) Climate Change, Agriculture and Development; (ii) Environmental Governance; (iii) Rights and Power in Development; and (iv) Conflict, Human Security and Development. The Department offers five education programmes: a three-year Bachelor programme in International Environment and Development Studies; three two-year Master programmes in International Development Studies, International Environmental Studies and International Relations; and a three-year PhD Programme in International Environment and Development Studies.


Main responsibilities

  • To provide strategic academic leadership aimed to develop the quality of the Department’s education and research, including promoting acquisition of research funding and facilitating academic innovation in education.
  • To hold the personnel responsibility for academic staff, including following up annual staff plans and academic activities.
  • To contribute to an excellent work environment characterised by creativity, cooperation, democratic processes and equality.
  • To contribute to a sound economy at the Department, through supporting good management in education, projects and Department funds.
  • To represent the Department and promote its national and international contribution and recognition.


The Head of Department reports to the Dean and is member of the Faculty Leadership group. An on-going strategy process may involve changes in the responsibilities of Head of Department.


Required qualifications

  • A PhD degree within one of the academic fields at the Department
  • Experience from research and higher education
  • International experience and network
  • Leadership competence
  • Fluency in English
  • Basic command of a Scandinavian language


Desirable qualifications

  • Experience with team work, personnel leadership and organisational development
  • Experience in international research, cooperation and networking
  • National academic experience and network
  • Experience with EU-funded research and research funded by the Research Council of Norway
  • Documented pedagogical experience and skills
  • Good understanding of the economic and formal context for leading a university department


Personal characteristics

  • You thrive in interaction with staff and students in an international environment.
  • You enjoy leading through democratic processes, ensuring inclusiveness and gender equality
  • You are able to see and realize strategic opportunities.
  • You are thorough and accountable.
  • You communicate well internally and externally.
  • You inspire and motivate colleagues


The Head of Department is expected to reside in a location that enables presence at the Department on a regular daily basis. The Department cooperates with a wide range of international partners and has English as its working language. The administrative language at NMBU is Norwegian.


NMBU offers

NMBU is dedicated to excellence in research, education and communication and is a leading institution in its fields. The University is located in attractive surroundings in Ås, 30 kilometres south of Oslo. The Department is housed in historical buildings in a beautiful park. The new leader will work with creative and committed staff and students and will find exciting opportunities in a growing university.



The position as Head of Department is for four years, with the possibility for renewal for one period. The selected candidate will be appointed as 1475 Instituttleder (“Head of Department”) within the salary  frame 78 – 82 on the Norwegian Government scale (NOK 745 600 – NOK 838 300) before tax depending on qualifications and experience. For particularly qualified candidates a higher salary may be possible. A compulsory contribution of 2 % will be made to the Norwegian State Pension Fund.


Further information

Dean Eva Falleth ( /+47 672 30 025) or Head of Department Poul Wisborg ( /+47 993 76 309).



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: 01.10.2017



Equality and diversity

NMBU promotes gender balance and diversity in academic and leadership positions. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. Women and candidates who can contribute to the cultural and geographical diversity of staff are particularly encouraged to apply.


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 their name to be withheld.

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