PhD position in Applied Ecology

Deadline: 02.06.2022

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.

The Evenstad campus is located at the heart of Østerdalen in Stor-Elvdal municipality, approximately 20 km south of the town of Koppang. The campus has a pleasant and inclusive study and academic environment, as well as its wonderful scenic surroundings. At Evenstad, we offer programs in applied ecology, forestry and wildlife management at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

Assessing effects of human disturbance on wolf behavior and energy expenditure using biologging tools

About the position

A 100 % PhD position in applied ecology is available at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology. The position will run for 3 years, starting in autumn 2022. The candidate will be enrolled in INN’s PhD program in applied ecology and biotechnology, with workplace at Campus Evenstad.

The selected PhD student will join the LARGE research group at Campus Evenstad and be associated with the ongoing research projects Wolf-Human Interactions and the Scandinavian Wolf Research Project SKANDULV. In addition, the student will be associated with the Nature Conservation and Tourism project at the Bavarian Forest National Park. The main objective of the advertised PhD project is to investigate the effects of human disturbance on fine-scale behaviour and energy expenditure of wolves, using GPS, accelerometry and heart rate data.

The candidate’s main supervisor will be Ass. Prof. Ane Eriksen at Campus Evenstad. Co-supervisors will be Prof. Marco D. Heurich (HINN Evenstad, Bavarian Forest National Park, University of Freiburg), Olivier Devineau (HINN Evenstad), and Dr. Marianna Chimienti (CNRS - Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé).



The candidate must have a Master’s degree in biology, ecology, evolution, environmental sciences or similar subjects, with an average weighted mark for the Master’s degree programme of at least a B. Applicants with a Master's degree from another subject area, or with lower average mark, may be admitted after special review.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in biology, ecology, evolution, environmental sciences or similar subjects
  • The candidate will work with large datasets requiring very good skills in data handling and statistical analyses

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in wildlife ecology, GIS, and R statistical software
  • Previous experience from relevant fieldwork
  • Research experience documented through peer-reviewed publications
  • Coding skills, previous experience with cluster analyses and/or machine learning

We are searching for a reliable candidate who is passionate about doing research, and 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

How to apply

The application and attachments must be submitted electronically and include the following:

  • Application cover letter that summarizes the candidate’s motivation and how they meet the position requirements.
  • CV (summary of education and work experience).
  • Copies of academic certificates/transcripts.
  • List of minimum 3 references with full contact information.
  • A complete list of scientific and other 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.

We offer

  • A research position in a friendly, dynamic and highly international environment
  • A challenging and exciting project with opportunities for personal and scientific development, including international research stays in other European countries
  • An independent and flexible work setting that the successful candidate may to a large extent influence her/himself
  • A campus setting surrounded by forests and mountains with outstanding opportunities for outdoor activities
  • A pay grade of 54 (NOK 491 200,- p.a).
  • Life insurance and occupational injuries insurance are included. Pension contributions to Statens pensjonskasse (State Pension Fund) will be automatically deducted. All residents in Norway are automatically included in the Norwegian public health system.

Apply for position

Powered by Labrador CMS