Postdoctoral Fellow in organizational sustainability strategies for the preservation of biodiversity

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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Apr 2023

26th April 2023

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The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is searching for a
Postdoctoral Fellow in organizational sustainability strategies for the preservation of biodiversity
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About the position

The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is searching for a Postdoctoral Fellow for an appointment of 3 years on the topic Organizational sustainability strategies for the preservation of biodiversity. The position is a collaboration between NTNU Department for Industrial Economics and Technology Management (NTNU IØT) and The Gjærevoll Centre – A Centre for Foresight Analyses of Biodiversity.

This is a temporary research position which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards an Associate Professorship. The position is at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT) and the Faculty of Economics and Management will be the employer, with the office located to the Gjærevoll Center, co-located with Department of Biology.

The department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is organized in six sections:

  • Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research (BEDØK)
  • Health, Safety and Environment (HMS)
  • Operations Management (VIL)
  • Strategy and Business Development (Stratforr)
  • Experts in Teamwork (Section for EiT)
  • Economics and Management (located in Gjøvik)

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be a part of the Section for Safety, Health and Environment. For further information about the Section, please see our website .

The Gjærevoll Centre for Foresight Analyses of Biodiversity  is a research centre in the field of biodiversity and sustainability recently established by NTNU.

The centre is an interdisciplinary gathering point for research and development of user-adapted forecasts, capacity building and dissemination. The aim is to deliver research-based knowledge to underpin strategic decision-making processes within politics, business and society. The Gjærevoll centre is envisioned to be an international beacon for sustainable development within the private and public sector.

The Gjærevoll Centre develops efficient and precise methods to describe future changes in biodiversity. This is knowledge that is essential for the transition to a society where growth and development takes place within planetary boundaries. This includes the development of practical tools that can be used by private and public enterprises to reduce and report their impact of their activity on nature and biodiversity.


The threat that human economic activities pose on biodiversity is well documented, and as a result it is currently being put in place a broader and stricter national and international regulatory regime. This project is a cross-disciplinary effort research from NTNU IØT and the Gjærevoll Centre to better understand the practical implications and opportunities that emerges with the new regime for both private and public organizations. Hence, the research is focusing on the following themes:

I.            How do the emerging national and international regulations related to biodiversity influence sustainability strategies for private                    and public organizations in Norway?

II.            How can sustainability strategies related to biodiversity be created such that private organizations can increase their market                         competitiveness and public organizations increase their ability to provide public services and infrastructure – and at the same                       time safeguard biodiversity?

Main duties and responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Fellow will play an active role in the development of cross disciplinary research at the Gjærevoll Centre and in particular strengthen the research collaboration between IØT and the Gjærevoll Centre. This involves leading the development of the research collaboration and new joint research initiatives, as well as the practical coordination of joint research arenas and meetings.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate closely with research scientists at both IØT, the Gjærevold Centre and other related research resources at NTNU.
The duty work will consist of various tasks at the section, like teaching, development of teaching material, supervision as well as exam work and grading.

Required selection criteria
  • Completion or near completion of a doctoral degree in business research relation to sustainability strategies and green innovations
  • Good knowledge of Norwegian industry and sustainability strategies among Norwegian firms
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

Factors that will contribute positively to the evaluation and that should be documented in the application:

  • Publications of research in recognized international journals within the field
  • Excellent communication skills with both technical and administrative staff
  • Experience from work in EU or national research projects
  • Proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is a major advantage as much of the data collection will be made in Norwegian companies and most relevant regulations and regulatory entities are Norwegian.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Personal characteristics

Personal qualities such as academic team player, creative, analytical, self-driven, flexible and engaged scholar will be emphasised.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer 
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment 
  • an open and inclusive work environment  with dedicated colleagues 
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits 
  • attractive Norwegian social welfare scheme including family benefits, home loans, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Information about Working and living in Norway can be found here .

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are paid gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

This position is to be filled for a period of 3 years, including 1 year of duty work, starting from August 2023 (with some flexibility).

Some travelling is required to fill the position.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.  

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. 

The position is subject to external funding.

About the application 

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter describing motivation and qualifications for the position as Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • A CV with information on education, research experience, and publications.
  • Authorized documentation of certificates (academic degrees and grades).
  • Publications and other relevant scientific works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application.

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what they contributed to the work.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
An application including attachments should be sent electronically through .

General information 

Working at NTNU 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality .

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.  

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Ottar Michelsen ( ) or Professor Arild Aspelund ( ). If you have any questions regarding the employment process, please contact HR-konsulent Hilde Selli Egelie
( ).

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. 

Application deadline: 26.04.2023


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