Researcher – robotics and drones for the forest sector

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Jun 2023

14 May 2023
Job Information

NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Research Field

Engineering » Communication engineering
Engineering » Control engineering
Technology » Computer technology
Technology » Remote sensing
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)
Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

5 Jun 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
Key Information

The department of Forest Operations and Digitalization has a vacant position as researcher in robotics and drones for the forest sector. Future forest operations will slowly move towards autonomous machines, and we envision a role for both ground-based and flying robots.

In the first years, the researcher will work in a national research center and in a European project. SmartForest is a center for research-driven innovation established in collaboration between leading research organizations and industrial partners ( ).

The primary objective of SmartForest is to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of the Norwegian forest sector and includes activities with ground-based robotics. SPADE (multi-purpose physical-cyber agri-forest drones ecosystem for governance and environmental observation) is a Horisont Europe project where we will focus on development of autonomous drone concepts for forestry applications.  

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

Main responsibilities

The researcher will be part of a small team that works with development, design and testing of robotics concepts for the forest sector.  The specific tasks of the researcher will be dependent on the background and expertise of the selected candidate.         

Professional qualifications (required)
  • Relevant PhD (e.g. robotics or mechatronics)
  • Experience with ground-based or flying robotic applications
  • Ability to publish high-quality scientific papers with the field of the position
  • A strong command of oral and written English
  • Candidates that do not master the Norwegian language have to learn written and spoken Norwegian within two years from the time of employment  

Will be evaluated positively
  • Experience with ROS
  • Experience with flying or ground-based robotics in an outdoor environment
  • Strong programming skills in Python or similar
  • Experience with sensors such as lidar, camara, IMU, and GNNS
  • Experience with machine learning techniques
  • Knowledge and interest in forestry and forest management in Europe or North-America
  • Skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language

Personal qualifications
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure and interact with demanding users 
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work as part of an ambitious research team 
  • Ability to collaborate with both internal and external experts with diverse academic backgrounds and skill sets 

Salary and benefits
  • Opportunity to work on an important social mission with focus on sustainability and future-oriented projects.
  • Challenging, exciting and varied tasks in interdisciplinary teams
  • A flexible everyday life with the opportunity to influence one's own work tasks
  • A skilled professional environment with good colleagues
  • A generous personnel policy with welfare schemes that focus on employees' different stages of life.

The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale as Researcher code 1109, salary grade 62 - 74 (NOK 604.900 - 745.000 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 Dr. Rasmus Astrup, +47 941 51 660 or Head of Departement Dr. Carolin Fischer, +47 967 41 326  or see website

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.

The Forest Operations and Digitalization departement  is part of the Division of Forest and Forest Resources . The department performs industry-applicable R & D within boreal value chains from planting to delivery at mill gate. Our objective is to be the preferred partner for the national forest sector and for policy-oriented studies while also being competitive in the international research community.

Research Field
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

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NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Postal Code
Høgskoleveien 7

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