UiT The Arctic University of Norway - PhD position in freshwater ecology at The faculty of Biosciences, Fishery and Economics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway - Department of Arctic and Marine Biology

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

PhD position in freshwater ecology at The faculty of Biosciences, Fishery and Economics

Application deadline: 31.01.2017

Applications shall be marked: 2016/9371


The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE), UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a PhD position vacant in freshwater ecology for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The position is attached to the The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group of Freshwater Ecology.


The appointment is for a period of four years.


The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics.


The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) includes 6 research groups. Research and teaching at AMB has a broad span, from molecular mechanisms at cellular/subcellular levels via studies of adaptations at the organismal level, to ecological interactions in aquatic and terrestrial environments. The staff counts 53 permanent scientists, 26 technicians, 7 administrative positions and 60 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians).


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Research area

The PhD position is affiliated with the researchgroup Freshwater Ecology at AMB. The PhD fellow’s research shall address the role of parasites and trophic interactions in food-web dynamics of subarctic lakes. The analyses shall build on available time-series data and new field studies/experiments carried out during the PhD period. A special emphasis will be put on long-term community responses to system perturbations such as density reductions of fish and species introductions.


Qualifications required

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in freshwater or general ecology or parasitology. A strong background in ecological and parasitological theory and skills in scientific writing is advantageous. Good knowledge of Excel, R, time-series analyses and management of large databases is also advantageous. Field experience with parasitological and ecological studies of aquatic ecosystems is desirable.

We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated student and therefore put great emphasis on the personal qualifications of a successful applicant. The candidate should have good communication skills, a strong work ethic, and be a good team player. Experience from teaching at the university level is advantageous.

The candidate should provide a description of motivation and ideas for the PhD project.

Applicants must have a good command of English, and must be willing to learn Norwegian within a reasonable time. (How to document language requirement).

Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment in a PhD position; cf. Section 6 of the Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The plan for the PhD programme must be approved and the contract signed no later than six week, after the starting date. In connection with this, the person who is appointed can receive a period of up to two month in which to submit a draft of their project description/reworked project description and a proposal of courses for the instruction component. In the event that the PhD contract is not completed within the stipulated deadline, the employer may annul the contract; cf. Section 1-3(8) of the Regulations relating to conditions of employment for positions of Postdoctoral Fellows, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant (only in Norwegian).


Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university cf. Guidelines for the PhD candidate’s duties.


The candidate will contribute to the teaching in basic and freshwater ecology and ecological parasitology.


Shorter periods of employment may be approved if the PhD Candidate has already implemented parts of the PhD programme or when the appointment is based on previous appointments in teaching positions (PhD candidate, Research Assistant or the equivalent), such that the total time of the PhD programme is three years.


Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Sector Pension Fund will be deducted.



The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works, and
  • a description of motivation and ideas for the PhD project

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, from popularization and experience/education from other types of disseminationThe applicants, who assessed as the best qualified, will be called to an interview.

The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


All documentation must be certified and translated into English or Scandinavian language.


The application - submitted electronically in www.jobbnorge.no and must include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • Diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Diploma supplement for completed degrees
  • Description of motivation and ideas for the PhD project
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (not needed for candidates with English as mother tongue)
  • Reference letter and contact information
  • List of works and description of these


  • The list of works shall contain the following information:
  • author(s), the work’s title
  • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
  • for other publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages


Works- The applicant have to attach the published or unpublished work he/she wish the Committee be take into consideration during the assessment process


It is required that the documents mentioned above will be enclosed in Jobbnorge before deadline.


Applicants who invites for interview should bring original certificates and diplomas.



Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 31.01.2017
Web: www.uit.no

Kontakt: Professor Per-Arne Amundsen
Telefon: + 47 77644539
E-post: per-arne.amundsen@uit.no

Kontakt 2: Associate Professor Roar Kristoffersen
Telefon: + 47 77645111
E-post: roar.kristoffersen@uit.no