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PhD fellowship on effect of climate warming on marine ecology and ecosystems

Deadline: 17.09.2020


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 1,400 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.

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About the position

A PhD fellowship is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) as part of a new research unit in the Ecology Research Group under the leadership of Professor Mark J. Costello. The position is for three years and will be available from 1st November 2020.

The project would study how climate change has and is projected to affect marine species assemblages and food webs, using both empirical data and Species Distribution Models to develop measures of marine ecological change for Arctic and Atlantic Europe that could be replicated globally. A field component would explore low-cost methods, such as underwater-video, for monitoring marine species abundance.

This is a well-paid salaried staff position. Applicants would work full-time for 3 years on their PhD with no additional funding thereafter. The position would be supervised by Professor Mark Costello and co-supervised by Professor Henning Reiss.

A covering letter must point out how your education and experience make you qualified for this particular position, and how it fits your career ambitions.

Qualification requirements


  • At the time of taking up the appointment, the candidate should have completed an MSc degree or equivalent in ecology
  • Grade average of B or better (upper second class honour) both for the programme in total and the master’s thesis
  • Strong undergraduate background in ecology, biogeography and/or biodiversity sciences
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience in ecological research
  • Strong computational skills (use R, ecological data analysis and/or modelling software)


  • Experience in using Species Distribution Models, climate models, and/or ecosystem and ecological community models (e.g., Ecopath, Ecosim)
  • An interest in natural history
  • Papers published in peer-reviewed international journals

We are looking for motivated and systematic candidate applicants with good capabilities of working independently as well as in teams.

Proficiency in oral and written English is essential and must be documented either by the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or internationally recognised certificates, such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL or similar. Proficiency in oral and written English is essential andknowledge of a Scandinavian language is beneficial for the position.

The successful candidate will join the PhD programme in Aquatic Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete the study withinthe three-year project period.

The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements and participate in the training component stipulated in regulations of the PhD program.Application for admission to the program must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements andregulations, see our web page.

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, LR 20, NOK 479.600,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale. Suitably qualified candidates may be placed in code 1378.

  • 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 17.09.2020.

The application should include:

  • Motivation letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for this position, relevant experience, and how she/he will contribute to thesuccessful implementation of the project (maximum 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications and other scientific contributions
  • Summary/extended Abstract of MSc thesis
  • Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts, and any other relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for at least two referees
  • Signed consent form PhD (if relevant)

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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