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PhD fellowship on marine biodiversity, climate change and conservation

Deadline: 27.01.2020

About the position

A PhD fellowship is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) as part of the establishment 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 March 2020.


The proposed research concerns how to improve predictions of the effects of climate change on the ocean environment and biodiversity, particularly in relation to temperature and oxygen. It is envisaged this research will make use of biodiversity informatics, and may involve development of databases of biodiversity data from the literature. It may also include field studies using seasonally stratified Norwegian fjords as experimental sites, and/or field surveys to test hypotheses about the effects of temperature and oxygen on marine biodiversity. The details of the research will aim to build on both Professor Costello’s and the candidates’ strengths and interests.

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 12,000 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.

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

Qualification requirements

The candidate should

  • have a MSc degree (or equivalent) in biological, ecological and/or environmental sciences,
  • have a university education including knowledge of biogeography, ecology and an interest in natural history,
  • be fluent in written and spoken English,
  • have strong computational skills and an interest in analysis of large regional and global datasets.

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. Skills in Scandinavian language is an advantage for the position.

The selected candidate will join the PhD programme in Aquatic Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete a doctorate within the three-year project period. The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements of this PhD programme at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture and participate in the training components stipulated in regulations of the PhD program. Application for admission to the programme must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see our see our web page.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • The formal criteria related to the position (mentioned above)
  • Competencies that are mentioned in the announcement as desirable, but not formally required to be considered qualified for the position, for example knowledge and experience in the field of the position
  • The applicants documented background and grades
  • Peer reviewed publications
  • The applicant’s potential as successful scientist

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 January 27th, 2020

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation for this particular position, relevant experience, and how she/he will contribute to the successful implementation of the project (maximum 1 page).
  • A sketch of a potential research project on the phd - project (maximum 1 page).
  • Curriculum Vitae, including acquired knowledge and skills (emphasis on hands-on experience in relevant methods), and a list of publications and other scientific contributions.
  • Summary/extended Abstract of MSc thesis.
  • Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts, and any other relevant qualifications. Transcripts issued in non-Scandinavian or non-English languages must be accompanied by legal translation to English.
  • Contact details for at least two referees, preferably supervisors.
  • 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.

Refnr. 30079429

Applicationdeadline: 27.01.2020.

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