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Postdoctoral fellow in the development of sustainable growing media for horticulture

Published 2024-02-12

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year postdoctoral position related to developing growing media in close cooperation with professional horticulture. Depending on qualifications and personal qualities, an extension to four years to include activities related to teaching may be considered.

The position is part of the collaborative and knowledge-building project “Modified pulpwood fibres to replace peat as a sustainable growing medium in professional horticulture” (PeatFree) (2023-2027), funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project focuses on developing sustainable substrates based primarily on modified wood fibre for the professional horticultural industry, that are as good as or better than peat regarding growing media quality and capacity to inhibit plant diseases. The postdoctoral fellow will develop growing media with appropriate chemical and physical properties in close cooperation with a PhD student and scientists at MINA and Faculty of Biosciences (BIOVIT).

Main tasks

The main activities will be related to the following tasks:

  • Determine physical, chemical and biological properties and their stability in the growing medium
  • Test different additives to improve growing media properties and develop strategies for reduced chemical pest control
  • Develop suitable irrigation and fertilization regimes
  • Contribute to testing the modified wood fibre-based growing media in different productions under professional growers’ conditions
  • Analyse, write and disseminate results

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions.

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Required Academic qualifications:

  • PhD degree within a relevant scientific field such as specialization in soil science, horticulture or agronomy, preferably obtained within the last 5 years.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific peer-review journals
  • Knowledge and experience with laboratory work, mainly soil chemical and physical analysis
  • Knowledge and experience with plant growth experiments

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Motivation for the outlined research project
  • Documented experience with statistical analyses
  • Knowledge of Norwegian or other Scandinavian languages

You need to:

  • be solution-oriented and possess the ability for independent work, displaying initiative and careful thought
  • have an analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • have good communication skills along with robust technical writing skills in English

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 62-77) (NOK 604.900 – 796.600), depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Susanne Eich-Greatorex, E-mail: susanne.eich@nmbu.no; phone +47 67231837.

Information to applicants



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: 01.03.2024

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 01.03.2024. Please quote reference number 24/00160.

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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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU will contribute to securing the future of life through outstanding research, education, communication and innovation. We have the country's most satisfied university students, who receive research-based education in a unique student environment. Our graduates gain a high level of competence in interdisciplinary collaboration and are popular in the labor market. NMBU has internationally leading research environments in several subjects. Together with our partners in society and business, we contribute to solving some of the biggest societal challenges of our time.

We focus on innovation, communication and entrepreneurship because we believe these challenges are best solved with joint efforts. We believe that a good working environment is characterized by diversity.If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no/en