PhD Scholarship in Eco-hydrology

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

As, Norway 🇳🇴

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant three-year PhD-position in hydrology and environmental management.

In this project we want to delve into the fascinating realm of hydrological processes and their profound effects on the well-being of aquatic life in streams and rivers. Our primary focus revolves around the ambitious goal of introducing cutting-edge numerical techniques for rainfall-runoff modeling. This pioneering approach harnesses the power of physical flow equations intertwined with state-of-the-art hydrological models. The ultimate aim? Crafting sophisticated numerical models that empower us to scrutinize the intricate interplay between climate change and human interventions within local catchments.

To fuel these models, we’ll tap into a wealth of information from public databases and regional climate circulation models. Our foundation for assessing ecological and environmental impacts stems from real-world case studies. Using the outcomes of these numerical simulations, we’ll embark on a captivating journey to answer pivotal questions. What transformations can we anticipate in aquatic organisms and ecosystems when rivers undergo specific physical alterations? How will global warming and shifts in water balance manifest in our environments?

Think of it as an opportunity to decipher the tales hidden within fish population trends and the delicate balance of soil stability, erosion risks, and landslide hazards. Unearth the secrets of our planet’s hydrological mysteries with us as a valued PhD candidate.

The PhD project will be conducted with supervisors from The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), and the Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) in addition to an external supervisor from the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). The MINA faculty has about 200 employees and about 600 students. The candidate will be located at the Section for Soil – and Water Sciences. NMBU offers:

  • An academic environment with focus on professional development, dissemination, and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary research community.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful campus close to Oslo.

An application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD program at the University. Documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must therefore be uploaded as attachments.

Main tasks

Main tasks will be:

  • Exploring numerical technology.
  • Processing hydrological and meteorological data.
  • Down scaling of climate data.
  • Analysis of river management and restoration.
  • Exploring existing ecological data and public databases
  • Fieldwork (if required).
  • Collaborate with students and colleagues.

Specific tasks will be adjusted to candidate’s interest and background.

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.


The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject. The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD program at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year master’s degree or a degree, with a learning outcome corresponding to the descriptions in the Norwegian Qualification Framework, second cycle. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations. and the relevant PhD program description.

Required Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree within a relevant scientific field, such as Hydrology, Environmental Sciences, Scientific computing, Applied Math or Physics.
  • Experience with computer coding (Phyton, R or any other coding language)

The following experiences and skills will be advantageous:

  • Basic knowledge on finite element method
  • Modelling experience.
  • Practical use of geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Experience from water- or environmental management
  • Experience with academic writing

You need to:

  • be solution oriented and possess the ability for independent work displaying initiative and careful thought
  • have an analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • have good collaborative/social skills
  • have a keen interest in exploring data and computer codes
  • have strong skills in written English

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 532.200,-) 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.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Nils-Otto Kitterød, Assoc. Professor

E-mail:; phone +47 67 23 18 22

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants


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: 06.10.2023

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.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
  • 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 in accordance with NMBU PhD regulation section 5-2 (3). 
  • Names and contact details for two references.
  • Additional relevant documentation of professional knowledge (for example, list of scientific works). 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.

About The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

Read more about MINA here.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU will contribute to securing the future of life through outstanding research, education, communication and innovation. We have the country’s most satisfied university students, who receive research-based education in a unique student environment. Our graduates gain a high level of competence in interdisciplinary collaboration and are popular in the labor market. NMBU has internationally leading research environments in several subjects. Together with our partners in society and business, we contribute to solving some of the biggest societal challenges of our time.

We focus on innovation, communication and entrepreneurship because we believe these challenges are best solved with joint efforts. We believe that a good working environment is characterized by diversity.If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at





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