Head of School of Landscape Architecture

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 2019, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.


Further information about NMBU is available on www.nmbu.no

Head of School of Landscape Architecture – Ref.no 17/00685

The Faculty of Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) seeks a Head of School of Landscape Architecture. It is a full-time position for a period of four years, with a possibility of a second period.


The Faculty of Landscape and Society has 1300 students and 180 staff. It contains of five departments carrying out research and education in landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, real estate management and law, international environment and development studies and public health science.  The School of Landscape Architecture currently has 41 staff, 7 PhD students and 290 students. The School offered the first landscape architecture programme in Europe from 1919, and is Norway’s main academic institution for education and research in the field of landscape architecture. The department consists of five units: Landscape Design and Construction, Urban Green Space Management, Landscape Theory and History, Landscape and Community Planning, and Environmental Horticulture. The School also hosts a plant nursery and the Centre for Landscape Democracy.  The School of Landscape Architecture currently offers two study programmes: a five-year Master programme in Landscape Architecture and a three-year’ Bachelor programme in Landscape Engineering. The School leads and participates in national and international research projects and is an active member of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS), and will host the ECLAS conference in 2019.



Main responsibilities

  • Strategic leadership in the development of quality in education, research and communication.
  • Represent and promote the Department at the University and in society
  • Personnel responsibility for academic staff.
  • Lead democratic processes.
  • Contribute to an excellent work environment characterised by creativity, cooperation and gender equality.
  • Contribute to good management and sound economy at the Department.

The Head of School reports to the Dean of the Faculty and is member of the Dean’s leadership group.

The employment is a full-time position with options for research and teaching.




  • The Head of School must hold a PhD and/or be recognized at an international level within landscape architecture, architecture, landscape planning or closely related fields.
  • Applicants must be able to document successful experience in university leadership or equivalent high-level experience from leading organizations focused on research and development.
  • Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate a dynamic breadth of interest and a track record in both landscape architecture practice and academic research.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Competence in a Scandinavian language.


Desirable Qualifications

  • Documented pedagogical experience and qualifications.
  • Experiences in strategic planning, personnel leadership and organisational development.
  • Experience with active promotion of an inclusive work environment and gender equality.
  • Able to inspire and motivate colleagues.
  • Experience in confidence-building and developing internal and external social networks.

It is a prerequisite that the person appointed resides in a location that enables her/him to be present at the institution on a regular basis.



Personal characteristics

  • You thrive in interaction with staff and students. 
  • You enjoy leading through democratic processes.
  • You are able to see and realize strategic opportunities.
  • You are thorough and accountable.
  • You communicate well internally and externally.


NMBU offers:

NMBU is dedicated to excellence in research, education and communication and is a leading institution in its fields. The University is located in attractive surroundings in Ås, 30 kilometres south of Oslo. The Department is housed in historical buildings in a beautiful university park. The new leader will work with creative and committed staff and students and will find exciting opportunities in a growing university.


The faculty is under reorganisation and changes in responsibilities may change.




The position as Head of School is for four years, with the possibility for renewal. The salary is NOK 702 000 – 835 500 depending on qualifications and experience. For particularly competent applicants, a higher salary may be possible. A compulsory contribution of 2 % will be made to the Norwegian State Pension Fund.



Further information

Acting Dean Eva Falleth (eva.falleth@nmbu.no) /+4767230025 or Acting Head of School Morten Clemetsen (morten.clemetsen@nmbu.no)/ /+4767231290




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: April 3rd, 2017



Equality and diversity

NMBU promotes gender balance and diversity in academic and leadership positions. Women and candidates who can contribute to the cultural and geographical diversity of staff are particularly encouraged to apply.



Verified testimonies, certificates

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of 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. A good working environment is characterized 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.

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