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PhD position in Applied Ecology – Management of wildlife populations, INN, Norway

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)


PhD position in Applied ecology is available at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology – 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 Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN),
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)

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Qualification Details

  • Master’s degree in ecology or other relevant disciplines, such as conservation biology, forestry or statistics, with an average weighted mark equivalent to B or better on the ECTS scale. Applicants with a Master's degree from another subject area, or with lower average mark, may be admitted after special review.
  • Skills in data handling of large datasets and statistical modelling
  • Strong experience with statistical software like e.g. R
  • Collaborative with the ability to develop a network and at the same time being capable of working independently.
  • Results-oriented and with a strong motivation for successfully carrying out a PhD
  •  Oral and written fluency in English


  • Previous experience from population modelling is advantageous
  • Experience in doing research and publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles is considered an important merit
  •  Scandinavian language skills count positively due to stakeholder involvement in the project
  • Experience using GIS

We emphasize personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty. The evaluation of candidates will consider education, experience, publishing, personal traits, motivation and the qualifications required and desired in the announcement.

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

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Documents Required

  • The application and attachments must be submitted electronically and include the following:
  • Application cover letter that summarizes how the candidate’s motivation and how they meet the position requirements.
  • CV (summary of education and work experience).
  • Copies of academic certificates/transcripts.
  • List of minimum 2 references with full contact information.
  • A complete list of scientific and other publications.

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences aims to balance gender composition in the workforce and recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds. According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

About the Position

The candidate will be enrolled in INN’s PhD program in applied ecology and biotechnology, with workplace at Campus Evenstad.

This position is one of two PhD positions available as part of a four-year interdisciplinary research project (326843 – Forests and wildlife under pressure – systems analysis for sustainable solutions) financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The PhD will be supervised by a researcher team from HINN and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, with the opportunity of spending up to 6 months at IIASA.

The project aims at developing wildlife population models to be used in a larger context of ecological, economical and societal impacts of alternative land management policies under a changing climate. The candidate will compile information on wildlife ecology and management and build models for future management of wildlife resources. Specifically, the candidate will compile existing data on demographic drivers and management of large herbivores in Scandinavia (i.e. moose, red deer, roe deer, wild boar) as a basis to map interacting, direct and indirect pathways between climate change and population demography. The candidate will also assess climate-mediated changes of herbivore browsing impacts on biodiversity and forestry. The findings will be incorporated in spatial wildlife population models to be used to assess the impacts of different management options under different climate scenarios. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the project’s multi-disciplinary and international team.

The candidate will be supervised by Associate professor Simen Pedersen (HINN, main supervisor), Professor Barbara Zimmermann (HINN), Researcher Cecilie Dyngeland (HINN), and Researcher Oskar Franklin (IIASA, Austria)

About the Employer: Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)

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Contact details

Questions about the position or work environment can be directed to associate professor Simen Pedersen, e-mail:

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