Postdoctoral fellow within Data assimilation for improved forest information

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Deadline: 01 Jul 2024

1st July 2024

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Postdoctoral fellow within Data assimilation for improved forest information
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About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2-year postdoctoral position related to data assimilation for improved forest information.

In forest management inventories, there has for a long time been a strong focus on three seemingly conflicting objectives, namely 1) methods and routines for efficient updating of forest variables at stand level so that current information is always is available for the daily management, 2) improved accuracy of stand-level estimates, and 3) reduced overall costs of inventory. 

The technique, known as data assimilation (DA), in concert with an increasing flow of low-cost or even freely available remotely sensed data from airborne and satellite platforms, plus other geographical data, may represent a viable alternative to meet these objectives. 

As part of the SmartForest project ( ) we have an open postdoctoral position. Here we aim to develop methodology for DA and demonstrate its potential in practical forest inventories in collaboration with industry partners in the Norwegian forest sector. 

Main tasks

The main tasks of the postdoctoral fellow will be:

  • Develop DA as an operational tool in forest management inventories.
  • Demonstrate the potential of DA in practical inventories.
  • Empirically assess the accuracy of DA at stand level compared to current inventory strategies.
  • Develop algorithms for operational implementation of DA.
  • Publish scientific papers and interact with project partners.

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Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD within forest sciences or statistics.
  • Competence in forestry and model-based inference for forest inventory applications. 
  • Competence in DA.
  • Experience in use of remotely sensed data for forest applications.

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience from boreal forest ecosystems.
  • Programming skills. 

You need to have:

  • Strong scientific capacity and analytical skills. 
  • Good social and collaboration skills. 
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Strong English capabilities, both oral and written. 

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow (salary grade 62-77) (NOK 604.900-796.600) depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

Please contact professor Terje Gobakken
E-mail: [email protected]; phone +47 415 12 806

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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: 01.07.2024

Your CV must be entered in JobbNorge's CV form and not just included as an attachment. This is to be able to comply with the regulations of §15 of the Public Administration Act.

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 about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested. 

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 01.07.2024Please quote reference number 24/03133.

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

Please note that the report from the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

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 .

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1st July 2024


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