The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant position as researcher for 39 months related to a new five-year project funded by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) entitled LANDRESPONSE. This research project will study conflict and migration in the Sahel as parallel processes with potentially similar causes.

Within the LANDRESPONSE project the successful applicant for this position will carry out research on land use conflicts in the West African Sahel, and in particular study if land investments have played a role in recruiting people to various armed groups.

The researcher will be part of a team led by Prof. Tor A. Benjaminsen.

Main tasks

  • Develop a research plan as part of the LANDRESPONSE project
  • Carry out field work and data collection independently and in cooperation with other team members
  • Actively participate in and initiate academic discussions within the LANDRESPONSE team as well as in the wider research community internationally
  • Publish the research internationally
  • Undertake some administrative tasks and planning activities related to the project


Required Academic qualifications

  • A PhD in human geography, anthropology, environment and  development studies or other social sciences
  • Proven experience with conflict research
  • Fluency in academic English

Preferred qualifications:

  • Fluency in French
  • Ability to communicate in at least one Sahelian language (e.g. Bambara, Fulfulde, Tamashaq, Arabic, Haoussa etc).

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 Researcher, wage framework 24 (salary grade 62 – 66) (NOK 573 900 – 615 000), depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact Professor Tor A. Benjaminsen. E-mail:; phone +47 93445199


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: 30.11.2022

Up to five 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 about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

The application should also include a CV with a list of publications, diplomas and transcripts, and names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Landscape and Society, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 30.11.2022. Please quote reference number 22/05425.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About the Faculty of Landscape and Society

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) is a leading education and research institution in Norway, conducting world class and highly internationalized critical interdisciplinary research across the fields of International Relations, Global Development and Environmental Studies, focusing on global challenges at the intersection between social and natural processes. The department is organized in four research clusters: rights and power in development; climate change and agricultural development; conflict and human security; and environmental governance. The Department comprises around 30 academic staff, 25 PhD candidates and 400 fulltime students, and is responsible for one Bachelor program and three Master programs and a PhD program. For further information about Noragric, see the website.

The Department is a unit in the Faculty of Landscape and Society, which in addition to Noragric, is home to four other departments, including public health science; landscape architecture; urban and regional planning; and property development and property law. The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 employees and offers popular, forward-focused Bachelor, Master and PhD programs.

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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