PhD-position in animal husbandry – greenhouse gas emissions from pastures

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    NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
    Agricultural sciencesOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/10/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Steinkjer

Key Information

The position is a 4 years contract as a PhD candidate at the department for Grassland and Livestock, linked to the project “Greenhouse gas emissions from pasture – which measures can bring us closer to a climate friendly livestock production?”. The candidate will attend a PhD program at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), which should result in a PhD-degree.

The position will be mainly based at NIBIO in the city of Steinkjer in Central Norway, with other NIBIO research stations in Norway and SLU in Umeå, Sweden as secondary bases.


Job description

The project investigates the climate footprint of different grazing systems under Nordic conditions. This research will contribute to the development of climate friendly production systems.

The candidate will, in collaboration with the other members of the international team, carry out measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from individual sheep and dairy cattle in experiments with grazing systems, meta-analysis of greenhouse emissions from ruminants on pasture, and model simulations of greenhouse gas emissions from different grazing systems and production scenarios.

The research findings should be published in scientific journals and in a PhD thesis. Popular science dissemination is included. The candidate should expect some travelling to fulfil the duties.

The contract is for 4 years, of which 75% of the time will be devoted to the PhD project including the education at SLU, and 25% to other obligations at the department of Grassland and Livestock.

Professional qualifications (required)

  • MSc in animal science or similar disciplines with high relevance for the project
  • Qualified as PhD-student according to entry requirements at SLU
  • Good command of oral and written English

Will be evaluated positively

  • Knowledge to pasture-based animal production in Norway or other Nordic countries
  • Good command of Norwegian or other Scandinavian language, oral and written
  • Experience in handling livestock (sheep and cattle)

Personal qualifications

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Dedication to work as part of an ambitious research team

Salary and benefits

The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale as PhD candidate, code 1017, salary grade 54-60 (NOK  479.600-532.300 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 Vibeke Lind, project leader, phone +47 934 99 436 or

Mats Höglind, Head of research, Grassland and Livestock, phone +47 404 75 391.

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.

General information

In accordance with the Norwegian Civil Service equal opportunities policy, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply - regardless of age, gender, functional disabilities or national or ethnic background.

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 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. NIBIO has approximately 700 employees present in all parts of the country. Its main office is located at Ås in Akershus. NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Department of Grassland and Livestock has 19 employees with competence in agronomy, plant, soil, and animal sciences. We are present at seven different NIBIO offices in Norway. The department is one of seven in the Division of Food Production and Society.

Our office in Steinkjer  is part of the new innovation campus InnoCamp.

Our partner at SLU is the Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Statens Hus, Strandvegen 38

EURAXESS offer ID: 445393


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