Researcher position (2 years) in evolutionary biology (adaptation genomics)

Deadline: 02.05.2021


Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 11,000 students and 1,300 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 25 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 160 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

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About the position

We invite applications from motivated candidates for a two-year researcher position in evolutionary biology at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway). The position is available from June 1st 2021.

The successful candidate will study the genomic basis of temperature adaptation in the marine snail Littorina saxatilis. Understanding how organisms adapt to their environment at the genomic level is a major goal in evolutionary biology; research on adaptation to local climatic conditions obtains great urgency in times of anthropogenic climate change. L. saxatilis is an emerging model system in evolutionary genomics and very suitable for studying temperature adaptation as it inhabits a large range of climatic environments, which often vary on small spatial scales.

The position will be part of an international project funded by the Research Council of Norway focusing on how temperature adaptation changes across space, e.g. whether the same traits and loci contribute to adaptation to warm temperatures in different geographical locations. Towards this goal, snail sampling across Europe will be combined with experimental and genomic approaches.

The successful candidate will be part of an international team of researchers across Europe, connected by a common interest in evolutionary processes and enthusiasm for discussion, creativity and diversity in research. The project will include work at the Tjärnö Marine Lab in Sweden and possibilities to visit European collaborators.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Analysis of large-scale genomic / quantitative genetic data sets
  • Design and planning of field work, experimental and genomic approaches in close collaboration with the project leader
  • Co-supervision of a PhD student
  • Participation in field work and implementation of physiology experiments
  • Publication of high-level research articles
  • Participation in scientific conferences and outreach events.

This position provides an opportunity for a candidate with prior postdoc experience to extend their skills in project organisation and student mentoring and move towards scientific independence.

Bodø, located on the Norwegian coast, hosts an international research community and is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

Qualification requirements

At the time of taking up the appointment, the candidate must have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (such as evolutionary biology, computational biology, biology) and ideally some postdoctoral experience.

The successful candidate will have documented enthusiasm for evolutionary research questions, a strong academic record, and the ability to work independently while being part of a larger research team. Experience in the analysis of large-scale genomic data sets is essential. Ideally the candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas: Quantitative genetics, analysis of gene expression (RNAseq) data, biological field work, experimental work.

We are looking for a researcher with the motivation and experience to supervise other members of the team. In addition, the researcher is expected to organise part of the fieldwork and experimental work independently. The application materials should therefore document previous supervision experience and experience in project planning / organisation.

Proficiency in oral and written English is essential and knowledge of a Scandinavian language is beneficial for the position.

We offer

The annual salary for researchers (code 1109) is set at wage level 59, LR 24, approximately NOK 525.000,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :


Applications must be submitted electronically by 02.05.2021.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation, relevant experience, and how they will contribute to the successful implementation of the project (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including information on supervising experience and a list of publications and other scientific contributions
  • Certified academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for at least three referees, including principal supervisor of PhD thesis
  • Signed consent form PhD (if needed)

Applicants should not attach any unsolicited documents, such as scientific publications, high school transcripts, and other documents not requested for the position.

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

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