PhD Research Fellow in Marine Molecular Ecology

Closing date: 23.11.18

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD Research Fellow in Marine Molecular Ecology at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Natural Sciences for a period of three years. The position will be located at Campus Kristiansand, Norway.

The marine group at the Department of Natural Sciences comprises around 20 people including professors, professors II, researchers II, Postdocs and PhD fellows. The PhD-student will also benefit from collaboration within the Centre for Coastal Research (CCR) which includes GRID-Arendal, NIVA, Lister nyskaping, the University of Oslo and the Institute of Marine Research.

The PhD Research Fellow will join a recently established project on the biological and functional diversity of marine microbial eukaryotes (protists) in a seasonal perspective. The sampling will be related to the establishment of a time series station in Lister and the PhD student will contribute to monthly sampling of oceanographic and pelagic parameters at this station. The successful candidate will focus on the temporal and possibly spatial variability of marine microbial diversity, activity and function using molecular tools such as metabarcoding, qPCR and possibly meta-genomics/transcriptomics. A detailed project description will be made together with the successful PhD candidate when employed.

The position and requirements

The PhD Research Fellow will be expected to take part in a binding cooperation with the research group and contribute to an active research environment that will give opportunities for personal and professional development. The appointee must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused, and independently way. During the assessment process emphasise will be placed on the applicant’s previous work, master thesis, examination results as well as any other previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience from marine fieldwork, use of molecular genetic tools and analyses of molecular genetic data will be emphasized along with personal suitability and good teamwork skills.

The successful candidate should hold a master (at the starting date) in a relevant field such as marine or microbial biology.

Proficiency in oral and written English is required.

Further provisions relating to the position as PhD Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the Post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflect the diversity of society and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and with permission from the applicant the University will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service.


The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1017 Research Fellow, salary NOK 449 400 gross per year. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions. For information on salary grades, see here.


Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”.

The following documentation should be submitted online:

  • diplomas, transcripts and letters of reference
  • complete list of scientific publications
  • a description of research interests
  • master thesis (or a link to the thesis)
  • a maximum of five (5) scholarly and other relevant publications which the applicant wishes to include for assessment

The application and all other information must be submitted, preferably in English, but even Norwegian, Danish or Swedish will be accepted.

Closing date: 23.11.18

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation within the closing date.

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