PhD fellowship - Population genomics of the Limacina helicina species complex

Deadline: 20.10.2021


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 11,500 students and 1,350 employees at eight 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.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

About the position

A three-year PhD fellowship is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA), Nord University (Bodø, Norway), connected to the Molecular Ecology research group. The project will be led by Prof. Dr. Galice Hoarau, in collaboration with Dr. Katja Peijnenburg from Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands.

Shelled pteropods, a group of holoplanktonic gastropods are used as bio-indicators to monitor impacts of ocean acidification. This project will focus on population genomics of the pteropod Limacina helicina, a widely distributed and highly abundant species in polar and subpolar regions. This project will focus across their entire geographic distribution on: 1) phenotypic and genomic variation, 2) spatial partitioning of variation in relation to oceanographic variables, 3) relative importance of neutral and adaptive processes in shaping this variation.

The position will be available from 1st of January 2022.

Qualification requirements


  • MSc degree (to be completed before the start of the position) or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as molecular ecology, ecological genomics, population genetics or related disciplines.
  • Grade average of B or better both for the programme in total and the master’s thesis
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Drylab skills in molecular biology (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR)
  • Strong computational skills (using R or Python, Population genetics analyses, bioinformatics analyses, and other relevant programmes)
  • Demonstration of strong interest in and drive to work on the topic
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • High motivation and adherence to time lines


  • Experience in biological oceanography / plankton ecology
  • Experience with pteropods / morphometrics

The faculty is international with English as a common working language. Applicants who already have a PhD in life sciences are not eligible.

The successful candidate will join the PhD program at Nord University and is expected to complete the study within the period. For admission requirements and regulations, see our web page.

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, LR 20, NOK 491.200,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • 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 20.10.2021.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position (maximum 2 pages)

  • Description of the project idea (project proposal), including the theoretical basis and intended methodology (maximum 2 pages)
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications, maximum 2 pages)
  • Certified transcripts/dipl for academic degrees (both bachelor and master degree) and other relevant qualifications
  • Other activity that is considered relevant, such as list of publications and academic work
  • Contact details for at least two referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • 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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