PhD scholarship – drainage, water management and GHG emissions in agriculture

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

, , NO

About the position

The PhD scholarship is financed by the Eckbo´s Legacy fund, as part of the project “Improving conditions for agricultural management of drained peatlands while reducing GHG emissions (PEATIMPROVE)”, funded by the Research Council of Norway (and Food Industry Research Fund) and other public and private funders.

The candidate will follow a doctoral programme at University of Oulu (Finland).

The PhD scholarship includes considerable amount of field work and travels, especially in the 2 first project years. Most of the field work will be carried out at Fræna (county Møre & Romsdal).

Our collaborators in the project are e.g. NMBU, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Oulu, Finland, Natural Resources Institute, Finland and National University of Ireland, Galway.

Main responsibilities

The PhD scholarship is linked to a long term goal of NIBIO to strengthen the competence in soil and hydrology with a special focus on drainage and water management for sustainable agriculture. Hydrological measurements will be carried out in peat soils with different drainage systems (inverted, tile drained, profiled) at existing case study sites in different parts of Norway. At Fræna this is also linked to GHG flux measurements and estimation of carbon-budgets.

Professional qualifications (required)

  • MSc in soil physics, hydrology/water engineering, hydrogeology, agronomy, or a similar subject
  • Qualifications as required for PhD candidates by University of Oulu (note grade requirements)
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Driver´s license

Will be evaluated positively

  • Experience and interest in field work
  • Experience and interest in modelling and mathematical analysis
  • Experience and interest in Norwegian or Nordic agriculture
  • Knowledge about ecosystem processes and sustainable agricultural production
  • Knowledge to oral and written Norwegian, Danish or Swedish
  • Experience in publishing

Personal qualifications

  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Capable of working structured, accurate and independent
  • Capacity to work independently and goal oriented

Salary and benefits

The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale as PhD candidate code 1017, salary grade 54 – 60 (NOK 482.200 – 535.200 per year), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which includes a good occupational pension scheme, occupational injury and group life insurance, and low-interest home loans.

Do you need more information?

Contact Bjørn Kløve, project leader and supervisor, tlf (+47) 91 77 81 14,  or Synnøve Rivedal, researcher at Fureneset (+47) 97 58 54 74

How to apply for the position

Please send your application with CV electronically via the link on this page.
Add copies of Bachelor and Master degrees and grades. Other diplomas and letters of recommendation can be presented at an eventual interview or submitted electronically as attachments.

Other information

We would like to point out that information about applicants may be subject to public disclosure, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (Offentlighetsloven), Section 25. An applicant can request to be exempted from inclusion on a public list of applicants. If the request for confidentiality is denied, the applicant will be notified thereof.

About diversity and inclusion – for applicants living in Norway:
In accordance with the Norwegian Civil Service equal opportunities policy, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply – regardless of age, gender, functional disabilities, gaps in CV or national or ethnic background. As a government agency, we have the opportunity to provide positive special treatment for applicants who have a disability, gaps in their CV or immigrant background. Positive special treatment means, among other things, that you will more easily come to the interview. Read more about this here (in norwegian).

About NIBIO and the Department

NIBIO’s activities lie within agriculture, food, climate and the environment. The Institute conducts research and management support, and provides knowledge for use in national preparedness, governmental and district management, industry, and the society at large. NIBIO has approximately 700 employees present in all parts of the country. Its main office is located at Ås in Akershus.
NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Department of Hydrology and Water Environment cover a broad range of areas, including water quality, hydrology, ground water, hydrogeology, water quality monitoring, statistical analysis, integrated water resources management, policy analysis, and stakeholder involvement. A cross cutting theme of high focus is climate change impacts on water resources. The department has 22 employees, is located at the same campus of NMBU at Ås, and has a large international network.

NIBIO Fureneset is focused on climate adapted plant production, especially drainage conditions in different soil types in wet climate. NIBIO can provide lodging at Fureneset.