Head of Department - Forest and Climate

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 May 2022

Key Information

The Head of Department is responsible for maintaining and further developing the department as an attractive and competitive research environment with high competence and recognized quality within the subject areas of greenhouse gas reporting, forest-based mitigation and adaptation of forest management to climate change, and forest-focused climate policies.

The position is shared with approx. half management and half scientific work within one of the department's main areas. The department head reports to the division director and is part of the division's management group.

The position is located in Ås, ca. 30 km south of Oslo


Main responsibilities
  • Organizing the department's scientific activities 
  • Scientific work within the main subject area of the department 
  • Scientific publication and dissemination 
  • Active role in establishing and implementing externally funded R&D projects 
  • Develop national and international networks 
  • Develop relations with forestry sector, public administration and other stakeholders 
  • Responsibility for the department's employees through recruitment, management, support, guidance and follow-up 
  • Contribute actively to the division's leader group 

Professional qualifications (required)
  • PhD within the department’s main research areas: greenhouse gas reporting, forest-based mitigation, adaptation of forest management to climate change, and forest-focused climate policies
  • A strong documented understanding of forest management in a European or boreal perspective
  • A strong command of oral and written English
  • Applicants without Norwegian as mother tongue must commit to learning written and spoken Norwegian within two years after starting the position.

Will be evaluated positively
  • Knowledge of Norwegian or Nordic forestry 
  • Good understanding of market and society 
  • Relevant management experience, including management of R&D projects 
  • Scientific production within the departement´s research area 
  • National and international professional network 
  • Experience from project management and project development 
  • Command of a Scandinavian language

Personal qualifications
  • Good management skills
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Ability to build relationships and networks
  • Results and market oriented
  • Development-oriented with the ability to think strategically and to motivate for change and development

Salary and benefits

The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale as Head Departement Research code 1111, salary grade 76 - 83 (NOK 734.400 - 896.500 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 Director Bjørn Håvard Evjen on +47 901 28 872 or see website nibio.no


How to apply for the position

Please send your application with CV electronically via the link on this page .

Take diplomas and letters of recommendation with you if invited to an interview, or submit them as an attachment along with the electronic application/CV.


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 Viken.

NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Department of Forest and Climate   is part of NIBIO's Division of Forest and Forest Resources . The departement conducts research on the role of forests in the climate system and the effect of climate changes on forests.

The department is working together with the Norwegian Environment Agency on the Norwegian national greenhouse gas inventory under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol, where we are responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory for the land use sector (LULUCF; Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry). Including responsibility for developing and improving methods and models for calculating emissions and uptake of greenhouse gases from forests and other land use.

We also have an initiative related to REDD + in several African countries, with a focus on developing more sustainable management of forest resources, and good systems for monitoring the climate effect.


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