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PhD Fellow in Marine ecology – Microplastics in the coastal Marine environment

Deadline: 15.08.2020

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in in Marine ecology – Microplastics in the coastal Marine environment, affiliated to the Department of Natural Sciences, for a period of three years. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is 1 January 2021 or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The Department of Natural Sciences offers a 3 year bachelor program in Biology, a 2 year master program in marine ecology as well as a 3 year PhD program in Natural Sciences. The Department also offer a 3 years bachelor program in Biomedical Science and the Natural Sciences in the Teacher Education.

The marine group at the Department comprises about 20 people including professors, associate professors, postdocs and PhD fellows. The PhD fellow will also benefit from our Priority research center, Centre for Coastal Research (CCR).


The PhD fellow will have research focus on microplastics in sediments and pacific oyster” (Crassostrea gigas) in coastal Skagerrak.

As microplastics are an emerging marine pollutant it is important to understand its distribution in the marine environment and its implications on marine habitants and marine biota. What is clear is that further research on a variety of marine organismsis is required to understand the environmental implications of microplastics in more detail and to establish effects in natural populations.

Required qualifications

  • Master´s degree in marine ecology. This year’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply.
  • Written and spoken English proficiency. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:
    • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT)
    • ELTS – International English Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0. Please check this list to see if an English test is required. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other English tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace an English test.

The candidates can also demonstrate their fluency in English during interview. Please check this website to see if an English test is required.

  • The average grade for courses included in the bachelor´s degree (or equivalent) should be C (or equivalent) or higher
  • The average grade for courses included in the master´s degree (or equivalent) should be B (or equivalent) or higher
  • The master´s thesis (or equivalent) should have a grade B (or equivalent) or higher

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is to be admitted to UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Natural Sciences, Specialisation in Coastal ecology

Applications from applicants who already hold a PhD will normally not be considered.

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with statistical programming (for instance with R)
  • Experience in fieldwork
  • Experience in laboratory activities
  • Use of IR analytical instruments

Personal qualities

Personal suitability, good communication and teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience.

Applicants will also be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and previous research and development work.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 479 600 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • CV
  • Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor's level
  • Master's degree/higher degree certificate, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree
  • Summary (approximately 1-2 pages) of the master's thesis
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution
  • Applicants who are required to document their English proficiency must submit their TOEFL or IELTS test results
  • A description of the candidate’s research interests and background for the project applied for
  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these
  • Project description with a maximum scope of 10 pages, including reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, material, a progress plan, and methods within the given framework
  • References
  • Any other relevant documentation

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 15.08.20


For questions about the position:

  • Professor Alfred Antony Christy, tel. +47 38 14 15 02, +47 922 92 181, e-mail: [email protected]
  • Professor Dag Olav Andersen, tel. +47 38 14 10 64, mobile +47 91 67 40 60, e-mail [email protected]

For questions about the application process:

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