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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Coastal Ecology

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

The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a three-year, full-time, fixed-term appointment as Post-doctoral Research Fellow in coastal ecology at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Natural Sciences. The successful candidate must be prepared to split his/her working hours between Campus Kristiansand and the facilities of Akvalab Sør in Lister. Starting date is flexible but preferably no later than 15 October 2020.

The marine group at the Department of Natural Sciences comprises around 20 people including professors, professors II, researchers II, Postdocs, and PhD fellows. The successful candidate will also benefit from collaboration within the Centre for Coastal Research (CCR) which includes GRID-Arendal, NIVA, the University of Oslo, and the Institute of Marine Research. CCR is currently a Priority Research Centre at UiA.


The position is connected to the Innakva project, which is funded by the Sørlandet Knowledge Foundation and aims to facilitate collaboration between research, innovation and the blue industry of the region.

We are looking for a highly motivated Post-doctoral Research Fellow interested in phytoplankton dynamics and the development of new tools in optics and/or genetics as well as the use of microscopy to study protist bloom dynamics focusing on HAB species.

The successful candidate will work with researchers and the regional blue industry to develop an early-warning system for developing harmful algae blooms (HABs) and will work with developing new tools to identify potential harmful algal blooms at an early stage. The candidate will work to strengthen the relationship between UiA and the marine sector and enhance our shared R&D capacity.

Required qualifications

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree (at the starting date) in a relevant field. Some experience with morphological identification of micro-or mesoplankton is a prerequisite for the position.

Proficiency in oral and written English is required.

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral Research Fellow 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

Skills and experience within phytoplankton diversity, microscopy, and the use of molecular tools are an advantage. Relevant practical experience from marine fieldwork will be emphasized along with personal suitability and good teamwork skills.

Personal qualities

The Post-doctoral Research Fellow will be expected to take part in a binding cooperation with the research group and 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, organized, focused, and independently way.

During the assessment process emphasize will be placed on the applicant’s previous work, MSc and PhD thesis, as well as any other previous research and development work.

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
  • a budget for travels to international conferences, courses etc. and additional scholarships for research stays abroad
  • 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 532 300 – 583 900 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".

Please make sure you attach the following documents to your online application:

  • Application letter (max. 1 page): describe why you apply for the position and how your experiences and skills fit the description of the position.
  • A short project description (max. 3 pages) that present your ideas for the project, including the relevance of the research, theory perspectives, possible data, methods and references.
  • CV (max. 3 pages): include information on education, work experience, scientific and R&D work, publication list, and names of two references.
  • Diplomas, transcripts and up to three (3) letters of reference.
  • Full PhD thesis (or link to an online version in your CV).
  • Up to five (5) scholarly and other relevant publications which the applicant wishes to include for assessment (or links to open sources).
  • Other important documentation.

Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with a stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before appointment.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be submitted in one of the Scandinavian languages or English.

Application deadline: 30.06.20.


For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

  • HR Adviser Anne Bergit Jørgensen, tel. +47 38 14 11 40, mobile +47 918 73555, e-mail [email protected]

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