The Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is looking for an enthusiastic tenure track fellow for a six-year post-doctoral position in plant photobiology.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Plant Sciences possessing expertise in molecular plant biology, plant physiology, crop physiology, horticulture, agroecology, plant protection, plant biotechnology and urban agriculture. The Department has access to excellent lab facilities for plant cell and molecular biology and physiology in addition to an imaging center (advanced microscopy), greenhouses, phytotrons, controlled growth rooms and a field experimental station.

The person appointed will be offered the opportunity to qualify for a permanent position as Associate Professor. The successful applicant will be obliged to submit a plan describing how competence qualifying for a permanent position as Associate Professor will be achieved within the 6 years of the tenure track position. The faculty and the department are committed to facilitate the development of competence within teaching, research, dissemination, and innovation for the successful applicant.

Please see GuidelinesTenure Track.

Main tasks

The Department wishes to strengthen the competence in photobiological responses of plants (photosynthesis, light regulation of growth and development, and light stress responses). The position holder is expected to:

  • Build strong research activities within this field through internal and external collaborations, by building a team of students and researchers and by acquiring external grant funding.
  • Participate actively in teaching and development of the course portfolio in photobiology and plant and crop physiology/biology and in supervision of MSc and PhD students.
  • Complete the NMBU pedagogy course within two years of appointment (unless formal pedagogical training is already in place)
  • Take a share of administrative duties at the department, faculty and university level.
  • If not fluent in a Scandinavian language; participate in a formal language-training course and, within a two-year period, to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.


Required qualifications:

  • PhD degree in plant biology, plant or crop physiology, plant ecophysiology or similar with a strong competence in photobiology, preferably obtained within the last 5 years (allowing for any parental leaves).
  • Broad experience in whole-plant physiology and measurements of photobiological responses of plants at the organismal, organ, cellular and molecular level.
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed publications and independent research.
  • Excellent communication skills both to the scientific community and to a broader audience.
  • Fluency in English (oral and written).

Desired qualifications and competences:

  • Teaching experience at the university level, and a track record showing the successful supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Formal pedagogical training.
  • Experience in writing successful grant applications.
  • Proven record in establishing and managing research projects.
  • International experience.
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language.

Personal skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills.
  • Strong, professional commitment to excellence in research and teaching.
  • Analytical and academic approach to research questions.
  • Potential for independent and creative thinking.
  • Motivated and committed team-player with the desire to obtain external funding and build a strong research and teaching network.
  • Ability to realize scientific synergies between researchers and research groups.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, salary grade 61-77 (NOK 563.500 – 765.600), depending on qualifications.

For further information, please contact Prof. Jorunn E. Olsen ( phone (+47) 67232829, Head of Section Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Prof. Sissel Torre (, phone (+47) 67232828.

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 done this already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 1st November 2022

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent including a short description of previous research and teaching and a short description of ambitions, 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).

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation of the applicant’s role in the work should be added.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview and asked to present a trial lecture on a prescribed topic. In this part of the process, collaborative skills and personal attitude will be considered. Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About The Faculty of Biosciences

The Faculty of Biosciences (BIOVIT) aims to help shape the future food- and bio-production through teaching and research within biology and sustainable production and use of plants, livestock and fish. The faculty has an annual turnover of approx. 250 million kroner. The faculty is organized into nine research sections: Genome Biology, Breeding and

Quantitative Genetics, Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology, Ethology and Animal Environment, Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Protection and Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology. The faculty has seven large and small research centers and laboratories, including a Center for Outstanding Innovation  – Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aquaculture, Biology, Animal Science and Plant science as well as English-language master’s degrees in Agroecology, Plant Sciences, Feed Manufacturing Technology and Genome Sciences.

The faculty is responsible for PhD degrees in animal science and plant science. The faculty currently has about 690 bachelor and master students and 90 PhD students. The faculty has about 240 employees and its own faculty administration.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,900 employees of which about 500 phd scholarships and 6,700 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at


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