Professor/Associate Professor in Animal Nutrition Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Animal- and Aquacultural Sciences Norway

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.


On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.


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Professor/Associate Professor in Animal Nutrition – 17/04230


The Department of Animal- and Aquacultural Sciences in the Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) seeks a Professor/Associate Professor in Ruminant Nutrition.


The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences represents the sciences for the future within the animal husbandry fields of breeding, nutrition and ethology. Within these fields, our expertise encompasses areas such as feed technology and metabolism, quantitative and molecular genetics, animal management, and the quality of products made from eggs, milk, and meat.


The available position will be placed within the Nutrition Research Group. The group currently comprises seven full professors, seven associate professors, 11 research scientists and seven PhD students. The research group works with production animals, including farmed fish, and sports and companion animals.


The main objective of the Faculty of Biosciences is to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research on plants and animals including fish (aquaculture). Research is organized in the following groups:  Animal Nutrition, Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Systems Genetics and Bioinformatics, Ethology and Animal Environment, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Plant Protection. The faculty also houses the Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) – Foods of Norway.


The faculty is responsible for bachelor- and master programmes in Biology, Animal Science and Plant Science, and international master programmes in Agroecology, Plant Science, Aquaculture, Animal Breeding Genetics and Feed Manufacturing Technology. PhD programmes include Animal Science and Aquaculture, and Plant Sciences. There are currently 480 bachelor and master students, and 90 PhD students, enrolled in these programmes.


The faculty has approximately 220 permanent and temporary scientific employees, including technicians, and 18 administrative positions.



The position

The successful candidate will play a key role in development of the group’s research within basic ruminant nutrition. Solid competence in ruminant nutrition including planning and performing of experiments with lactating and growing animals is requested. Competence in the use of in vitro methods to evaluate digestion and metabolism in ruminants, and research on rumen microbiota, Greenhouse Gas emission and mitigation strategies, will be emphasized.


The appointed candidate will take part in the Department’s teaching and supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students and participate in administrative work at the department, faculty and university level. 


It is expected that the candidate, in cooperation with the ruminant nutrition and physiology team, will initiate, develop and manage national and international research projects.


Academic qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Ruminant Nutrition relevant to the described position
  • Teaching experience at the university level.
  • Excellent communication skills both to the scientific community and to a broader audience.
  • Experience with metabolism and production experiments on ruminants
  • A publication record within the research area
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.
  • A successful candidate without formal pedagogical training must complete the NMBU pedagogy course within two years after appointment.


Personal skills

Strong commitment to excellence in:

  • Teaching
  • Initiating, establishing and managing research projects
  • Realizing scientific synergies within the research group and the Department/Faculty


NMBU offers

  • A competitive academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence
  • An interdisciplinary environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and colleagues
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo



The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1013 Professor (salary grade 69 – 90 (NOK 611.700 – 1.033.700 (or 1011 Associate professor, salary grade 57 – 77 (NOK 590.900 – 722.400) depending on qualifications.


Further information

A full description of the position is available: Description of the position. For further information, please contact Head of Department, Elise Norberg; e-mail: ; phone +47 67232603 or cellphone +47 47682710



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. The application should include (electronically) approved copies of transcripts and certificates.

Application deadline: 15th December 2017


Key publications

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 must be supplied.


Interviews will be used in the appointment process, in addition to a trial lecture for those that are short-listed for the position. In this part of the process, collaborative skills and personal attitude will be considered, and references must be given.


Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Animal- and Aquacultural Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, Norway, by 15th December 2017. Please quote reference number 17/04230.


Verified testimonies, certificates

Applicants invited for interview will be asked to present verified copies of University diplomas and certificates.


The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale. A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. As an equal opportunity institution, we encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. 

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