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PhD position in applied ecology - LARGE research group
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.
INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally.
We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.
Our vision is "Stronger Together".
The Evenstad campus is located at the heart of Østerdalen in Stor-Elvdal municipality, approximately 20 km south of Koppang. The campus has a pleasant and inclusive study and academic environment, as well as its scenic surroundings.
The Evenstad campus is one of three campuses affiliated with the Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology.
At Evenstad, we offer degree programs in applied ecology, forestry and wildlife management.
ASSESSING EFFECTS OF DISTURBANCE ON WILDLIFE BEHAVIOUR AND ENERGY EXPENDITURE USING ACCELEROMETRY AND MOVEMENT DATA (3 years)
About the position
A 100% position as a PhD candidate in applied ecology is available at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural Sciences, Campus Evenstad, from 01.08.2020 until 31.07.2023.
The PhD student will join the LARGE research group at Campus Evenstad, and will be associated with several ongoing research projects that are using a variety of biologging tools to study wildlife movement ecology, species interactions, and responses to climate change and human disturbance. The main objective of the advertised PhD project is to investigate the effects of different types of disturbance on fine-scale behaviour of wolves and moose, and to estimate the energetic cost of the behavioural responses, using accelerometry data in combination with camera GPS collars, temperature and heart rate loggers.
The PhD student is expected to assist in advising MSc, BSc and practice students, and to be an active member of the research group.
The candidate will be supervised by associate professor Ane Eriksen at Campus Evenstad. Co-advisors will be professor Barbara Zimmermann, associate professor Alina Evans (Campus Evenstad) and associate professor Olivier Devineau (Campus Evenstad).
A master’s degree in ecology or equivalent education, with the grade A or B is required to be qualified for admission to the PhD program. The candidate will work with large datasets requiring very good skills in data handling and statistical analyses. Candidates with previous experience in wildlife ecology, GIS and R statistical software may be prioritized.
Previous experience from relevant fieldwork and peer-reviewed publications are considered as important merits. We expect the candidate to be passionate about doing research, and to be willing to develop the skills to communicate this passion with other scientists and the general public. The candidate should welcome the opportunity to conduct research abroad and work within a multidisciplinary team. We are searching for a reliable candidate who can work independently, but who will also function well in our large team. We emphasize personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty.
- Ability to work independently and purposely
- Ability to work as part of a team and to assume different roles which require collaboration with supervisors, other PhD students, masters students, bachelors students and other collaborators.
- Interest in learning new skills, programs and in thinking about science in new ways.
The evaluation of candidates will consider education, experience, publishing, personal traits, motivation and the qualifications required and desired in the announcement.
How to apply
The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following:
- Application letter
- CV (education, positions and academic work)
- Copies of educational certificates and list of references
- A complete list of publications
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.
- A place in a young, ambitious and highly international environment
- Challenging and exciting project with opportunities of personal and scientific development
- Independent and flexible work setting that the successful candidate may to a large extent influence her/himself
- Daily contact with inspiring skilled colleagues in a cross-disciplinary environment
- Great nature just outside campus
- A pay grade of 54 (NOK 479 400,- p.a).
Life insurance and occupational injuries insurance are included. Pension contributions to Statens pensjonskasse will be deducted.