Tracking the spring: Selection of food plant species and quality by sensitive alpine bird species

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About the position

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA), Nord University, Norway, invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year (or four-year) PhD position in Ecology.

This PhD-project will investigate how ongoing climate change will affect ptarmigan diet, food quality and fitness components. The candidate will have access to long-term data sets from our study system in central Norway, including data on diet composition based on DNA metabarcoding data and life history data from marked and unmarked birds. Some lab work should be expected, as well as field work in a beautiful alpine landscape in central Norway.

The successful candidate will be part of the Ecology research division at FBA.

The contract will be for a 3-year period without teaching or a 4-year period with a 25 % teaching duty.

The position is to be located in Steinkjer, central Norway, and will be available from 1st of January 2024.

Qualification requirements

  • MSc in ecology or related field with the grade average of B or better (or equivalent score) both for the programme in total and the master’s thesis
  • Strong skills or interests in statistical modelling
  • Knowledge of software R
  • Knowledge about DNA metabarcoding methods is an asset but not a prerequisite
  • Ability to conduct field work in remote alpine areas
  • A proven record in scientific writing (e.g., having published scientific paper) is a strength, but not a prerequisite
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is essential
  • The successful candidate will join the PhD program in Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete the study within the period
  • The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements and participate in the training component stipulated in regulations of the PhD program. Application for admission to the program must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see our web page.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Themes and perspectives from the applicant’s master’s degree will be given weight in the assessment of candidates.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • The applicant’s description of motivation for doctoral work and opportunities for implementation.
  • Relevant experience from research work will count positively.

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, NOK 532 200,- 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. 

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 :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an internal expert committee. Relevant applicants will be invited for an interview, trial lecture or other presentations.

The Faculty reserve the right not to hire applicants who may be scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational background or personal suitability.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 17.09.2023.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications)
  • Copies of academic degree transcripts 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 2-3 references (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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Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

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 31 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 165 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics, Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

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  • Deadline- 17th September 2023
  • Employer- Nord University
  • Municipality- Steinkjer
  • Scope- Fulltime
  • Duration- Temporary
  • Place of service- Steinkjer