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About The Faculty of Biosciences
The Faculty of Biosciences (BIOVIT) aims to help shape the future food- and bio-production through teaching and research within biology and sustainable production and use of plants, livestock and fish. The faculty has an annual turnover of approx. 250 million kroner. The faculty is organized into nine research sections: Genome Biology, Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology, Ethology and Animal Environment, Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Protection and Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology. The faculty has seven large and small research centers and laboratories, including a Center for Outstanding Innovation - Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor's and master's degrees in Aquaculture, Biology, Animal Science and Plant science as well as English-language master's degrees in Agroecology, Plant Sciences, Feed Manufacturing Technology and Genome Sciences.
The faculty is responsible for PhD degrees in animal science and plant science. The faculty currently has about 690 bachelor and master students and 90 PhD students. The faculty has about 240 employees and its own faculty administration.
Are you interested in functional biodiversity and conservation biological control?
About the position
The Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position in functional biodiversity and conservation biological control.
The position is in agricultural entomology, and you will join the research group “Plant biology, sustainable food systems and integrated pest management”. NMBU is one of the largest Nordic Universities for research in sustainable food systems offering a dynamic research environment with modern infrastructure. You will have access to a broad professional network in Norway and abroad and will have opportunities for career development.
Main supervisor will be Prof. Lene Sigsgaard, NMBU with external co-supervisors from NIBIO and University of Copenhagen.
The background for the project is a need to develop more sustainable crop production with less use of pesticides. Apples are a high value crop and can suffer serious losses from pests such as codling moth and other tortricids. A robust orchard system where natural enemies of insect pests are protected and augmented, will reduce the need for direct pest control.
This is essential for fruit growers to achieve good, regular, and high-quality yields. One important preventative measure is to protect and augment natural enemies, of which many live in semi-natural habitats such as forest margins, flower strips or patches of wild vegetation in and around orchards.
The goal is to gain more knowledge of the value of semi-natural habitats for natural enemies, functional biodiversity, resulting pest control and yield, and to identify main predators of tortricids in apples, and investigate their role and potential in natural pest control, using molecular assessment of predator gut contents and/or bioassays with live insects.
A mobility stay is planned at NIBIO (Ullensvang) and at University of Copenhagen.
The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD programme at the institution. The documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must be uploaded as an attachment.
Research on the effect of semi-natural habitat on functional biodiversity and pest control in apple orchards
Field sampling of pests and natural enemies in orchards and surrounding semi-natural habitats
Conduct bioassays of predator-prey interactions
Molecular assessment of gut contents from field collected predators
Data analysis and results reporting, also incl. publication and participation at international and national conferences.
The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.
The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year master’s degree, with a learning outcome corresponding to the descriptions in the Norwegian Qualification Framework, second cycle. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.
The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.
Required Academic qualifications
Relevant education at master’s level (e.g. insect ecology, biological control, integrated pest management, functional biodiversity)
Interest in and good understanding of insect ecology, crop protection, functional biodiversity and biological control
The candidate which finishes their education within the spring/summer of 2023 can also apply but must provide documentation of their degree before employment.
The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:
Experience from experimental work with insects in field and/or laboratory
Experiences from teamwork/ working in a research group
Experiences with data management and analysis
You need to:
Have high working capacity, be ambitious and work accurate.
Be able to work independently and at the same time be a team player.
Have good communication and collaboration skills.
A driver’s license will be very helpful to get around to study sites for collecting samples
Ability to communicate with orchard owners, preferably speaking a Scandinavian language
Remuneration and further information
The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 532.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.
Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.
To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.
Application deadline: 01.06.2023
In the application, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process.
Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.
The following documents must be attached to the application:
Motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Diploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master). Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original language. An English translation of these documents must also be attached.
Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system.
Additional relevant documentation of professional knowledge (for example, list of scientific works). If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.