Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Marine Genomics

Deadline: 01.08.2021

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 fixed-term 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in population genomics at Centre for Coastal Research (CCR), affiliated to the Department of Natural Sciences, for a period of 3 years. The position is located at UiA Campus Kristiansand and at IMR Flødevigen, in southern Norway. The preferred start date is October 1, 2021 (negotiable with the Department).

CCR at the Department of Natural Sciences is a collaboration between UiA, Institute of Marine Research, NIVA, University of Oslo and GRID-Arendal, and comprises around 40 affiliated Researchers including Professors, Professors II, Researchers II, Post-Doctoral and PhD Research Fellows.


The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will participate in several of the research group’s on-going projects on population genomics of marine species in Norwegian coastal waters. The work will primarily involve bioinformatic and statistical analyses of genomic data (e.g. ddRAD) coupled with environmental and biological data, for the study of invasion dynamics, adaptation and spatial genetic structure, with some opportunity to pursue own research within similar topics.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow is expected to work in close cooperation with the established research group and to contribute to an active research environment that will give opportunities for personal and professional development. The appointee must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused, and independent manner. During the assessment process emphasis will be placed on the PhD work, examination results as well as any other previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.

Required qualifications

  • The successful candidate will hold a PhD or be able to document a confirmed date for the dissertation defence. Primarily the successful candidate should hold a PhD in population genetics/genomics with a strong bioinformatic background. Applicants with a PhD in Marine Biology and good skills in bioinformatics/statistics or a PhD in bioinformatics/Statistics and good knowledge of marine ecological topics are also welcome to apply.
  • Experience with analysing high-throughput sequencing (HTS) data, including programming in Python and/or statistical analysis in R will be emphasized.
  • It is expected that the candidate has experience and ambitions in obtaining external funding, as part of an active and forward-leaning research centre that wishes to build up this field at UiA.
  • Good knowledge of English, both written and oral.

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-Doctoral 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.

Personal qualities

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to an active research environment and should have good communication and teamwork skills as well as the ability to work independently in a goal-oriented, organized way.

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 17.510, code 1352, NOK 545 300 – 566 700 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. 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:

  • Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts and letters of reference
  • Complete list of scientific publications
  • Doctoral dissertation
  • A maximum of ten (10) scholarly and other relevant publications which the applicant wishes to include for assessment.
  • A description of research interests, background for applicant wishes to study and its relevance for the mentioned projects.

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: 18.06.21


For questions about the position:

  • Head of CCR, Professor Halvor Knutsen, tel. +47 92 40 96 67, e-mail: [email protected]
  • Head of Department Hans Weinberger, tel. +47 38 14 18 45, mobile +47 48 89 83 97, e-mail [email protected]

For questions about the application process:

  • Higher Executive Officer Lise Askbo Fylkesnes, tel. +47 37 23 31 25, e-mail: [email protected]

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