The Faculty of Landscape and Society has a vacant permanent position as Professor/Associate Professor in land use and transport planning in urban regions at Department of urban and regional planning. 

The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 staff. It consists of five sub-units, carrying out research and education in the fields of urban and regional planning, property management and law, landscape architecture, international environment and development studies, and public health.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning has 28 staff and 7 PhD students, with backgrounds in urban and regional planning, environmental and landscape planning, architecture, human geography, political science and sociology. Their expertise engages with theory, practice and methodology in spatial planning at different scales and in urban and rural areas, land use and transport planning, place development and place making, sustainable urban development, and environmental and landscape planning. The department is active in research, education and outreach. It has responsibility for a 5-year master programme in Urban and Regional Planning, with around 160 students.

Academic field

We seek candidates with an excellent track record in teaching and research with a passion for academic activities at the interface of land use and transport planning in urban regions.

We seek persons with knowledge in spatial and procedural aspects of land use and transport planning. The successful applicant will have extensive research-based knowledge about interrelations between land use, transport infrastructure and travel behaviour in urban regions. This may include expertise in one or both of the following areas: societal driving forces influencing urban-regional land use and transport development, and relevant planning and impact assessment methods. The applicants must also have a broad knowledge of planning systems and their procedures, plans, preconditions and effects on development. Knowledge of Norwegian local and regional urban and transport planning will be an asset.

Main tasks

You will contribute to the development of research and education in collaboration with colleagues, relevant research group and study program committees. This includes taking part in student courses, supervision and to establish new research and educational activities in the broad area of planning.

You will also take part in the academic administration at the faculty as participation in the management of study programs, research groups, faculty committees etc.

Academic qualifications

The applicants must have a PhD or a corresponding degree with an excellent record in research and education. Applicants from relevant fields including planning, landscape architecture/architecture, social sciences and the humanities are welcomed to apply.

All candidates should also have experience of working in multi-disciplinary environments and be internationally oriented. Candidates should have strong national and international networks and will have the ability to initiate and take part in the national and international collaboration. It is also necessary with good collaborative skills.

Research and educational experience from EU/ERA/ERASMUS+, Norwegian Research Council and other national research councils is highly relevant and will be an important asset.

Experiences in public communicating are preferable.

Candidates must be willing to contribute to a positive and inclusive working environment, be present at Campus and be able to communicate effectively with students, employers, stakeholders and the wider society.

Good oral and written skills in English are required. Applicants who do not speak a Scandinavian language will be required to acquire oral and written working knowledge of a Scandinavian language within three years.

Criteria for appointment follows national regulations, NMBUs guidelines and national guidelines:

  • Criteria for appointment as an associated professor is a Norwegian doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope, and quality and documented competence in relevant educational theory and/or practice based on teaching and supervision.
  • Criteria for appointment as a professor is an academic level conforming to international or national standards, and documented competence in relevant educational theory and/or practice, based on teaching and supervision. NMBU´s guidelines require that applicants at professor level normally have successfully been the main supervisor for at least two PhD candidates. National guidelines require that the applicants normally have scope to teach in another area than their main speciality.

NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic and forward-looking academic institution with a strong emphasis on professional development and outreach.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.


The selected candidate will be appointed as Associate Professor (1011 Førsteamanuensis), within the salary frame 63-77 (NOK 548 200 – 722 400) or Professor (1013 Professor), within the salary frame 72-82 (NOK 650 200 – 838 300), depending on qualifications. 

A compulsory contribution of 2% is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Further information

For further information, please contact Head of Department Professor Tim Richardson, phone: +47 67231230 (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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: 28.01.2018

Key publications

The application must include a covering letter, a CV, a list of peer-reviewed publications, a reflection on your research of 1-2 pages, an account of your teaching experience of 1-2 pages, and copies of certificates and transcripts. Please note that incomplete applications and applicants without a PhD or a corresponding degree will be excluded from the assessment process.

Up to ten relevant publications may be submitted electronically with the application. If the applicant has participated in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s contribution to each work is requested.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present certified copies of their diplomas and certificates and may be invited to give a trial lecture.

Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically through the link «Apply for this job” on the top of this page.

A good working environment is characterised by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.