Ledig stilling ved Universitetet i Agder

Researcher in Marine conservation science

Deadline: 13.08.2019

About the position

A permanent 10 % position as researcher in Marine Evolutionary Ecology is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Natural Sciences. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable between the applicant and Head of Department.

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.

The Department of Natural Sciences presently has about 43 employees teaching and doing research in biology, bioengineering and natural sciences in teacher education programs.

The position is part of the department’s strategy for developing a new research group in marine ecology. The research will be conducted largely in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).


To fulfil the academic profile of the staff, we seek expertise in the understanding of the dynamics and connectivity of populations of fish, lobster and further important species in the coastal zone. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in population genetics and local adaptation, organismal responses to environmental change, laboratory manipulation and common-garden experiments, high throughput sequencing and bioinformatics, and practical field experience. The candidate is expected to have experience with inter-disciplinary research projects and international collaboration. The candidate is also expected to have an excellent understanding and good scientific research record of anthropogenic environmental impacts on aquatic ecosystems, especially fishes, from the molecular to the individual and population levels. We also expect candidates who are productive in their ability to publish in international peer reviewed journals.

It is expected that the researcher will work with colleagues and contribute to a further development of the marine research group at UiA.

The researcher is expected to supervise master students and perform high quality research at the newly established priority research center at UiA (CCR).

Required qualifications

The applicant must hold a PhD (awarded or successfully defended by the deadline for application) with specialization in marine ecology or a related field.

The applicant must have peer-reviewed published research on the following topics:

  • adaptive capacity of organisms to respond to environmental change at multiple organismal scales, including the transcriptome, genome, individuals, and populations
  • fish population structure and local adaptation
  • fish mating systems
  • genetic variation in phenotypic plasticity and molecular responses to environmental change in fishes

The applicant must have documented experience in high throughput sequencing and bioinformatics, especially transcriptomics (RNA sequencing), population genetics, common-garden and fish rearing experiments, and coastal fieldwork. The applicant must also be active in scientific outreach and public engagement.

A high level of proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Researcher can be found in the “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”.

Personal qualities

The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work. Applicants will be assessed based on academic background and results, attainment, and previous research and project acquisition. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasized.

We offer

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse 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 1109 Researcher, NOK 552 800-667 200 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

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

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.

The best ranked applicants will be invited to an 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
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • List of publications
  • Academic articles (no more than 10)

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.

Closing date: 13.08.19


For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

  • Personell Adviser Anne Bergit Jørgensen tel. +47 918 73 555/38 14 11 40, e-mail [email protected].

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