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PhD Fellow - Change in benthic coastal ecosystems of northern Norway and Svalbard

Deadline: 17.06.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources.The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

The position

A PhD position is vacant in the field of marine ecology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics. The position is attached to The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group Arctic Marine System Ecology (AMSE).

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year, and will consist of teaching and other duties.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Fellow shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment.

The position's field of research

Documenting and understanding ecosystem responses to climate change are essential prerequisites for safeguarding biodiversity and living resources for future generations. Based on unique time series in fjords of northern Norway and Svalbard the applicant will investigate links between coastal benthic community structure and function and environmental drivers. Aspects of population dynamics of key biota will also be addressed in light of response time to changes. Comparative work with Greenlandic fjord environments is envisioned.


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A Master degree or equivalent in Biology, Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Science or related area is required. Experience and skills in basic lab, analytical and statistical methods and a background in marine ecology and/or biological oceanography are also needed. Experience in field sampling and a quantitative background in statistical modelling and multi-variate statistics are a benefit. Peer-reviewed publications will also be considered an important asset.

Prior work experience in a research team setting is beneficial as is teaching experience. We are looking for motivated individuals who can work independently yet function well within a team in research and teaching settings. Soft skills are therefore also of importance.

A statement of personal and scientific interest in taking a PhD degree, and a separate outline of a potential PhD project idea (total max. 2 pages) must be included in the application. The applicant must be fluent in English and provide documentation for that (written and oral), and should be willing to learn Norwegian within a reasonable amount of time

Emphasis will be put on the candidate’s potential to conduct research, their motivation and personal suitability for the position.

The position requires admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. Applicants with a foreign education will be evaluated on whether the educational background is equivalent to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines. Applicants from some countries will have to document additional higher education in order to fulfil the requirements. Information about requirements and the PhD programme is available here: PhD Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter with statement of personal and scientific interest
  • CV
  • Project idea proposal (max. 2 pages)
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Contact information to 1-3 references and reference letters
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent within the deadline via www.jobbnorge.no.

Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must document completion of your degree before 01.07.2020.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017 . A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT! A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional abilitWe process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

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