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PhD fellowship in Terrestrial ecology – Ecology or Biostatistics, Nord, Norway

Nord University


PhD fellowship in terrestrial ecology is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA), Nord University Steinkjer, Norway – Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA)
Nord University

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Qualification Details

We are looking for motivated and creative applicants with a strong academic background and the ability to collaborate within a research team. Primarily we will prefer a candidate with the following skills:

  • MSc in ecology or biostatistics 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
  • Ability to conduct field work in remote alpine areas
  • Knowledge of Bayesian statistics is a strength but not a requirement
  • 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 and knowledge of a Scandinavian language is beneficial for the position
  • 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

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: -30125121
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Documents Required

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.

About the Position

The project will be based at the terrestrial ecology research unit of the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Steinkjer campus.

This PhD project will study predator-prey interactions between willow ptarmigan and gyrfalcon in the light of climate change. The candidate will have access to a unique blend of data from both the predator and prey demography and population abundance, and will conduct advanced statistical modelling under the supervision of a skilled set of supervisors. Some field work in a beautiful alpine landscapes in central Norway must be expected.

About the Employer: Nord University

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