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PhD position in marine ecology – University of Bergen, Norway 2022


There is a vacancy for a PhD position in marine ecology at the Department of Biological Sciences and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research at University of Bergen, Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Department of Biological Sciences and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

University of Bergen (UiB), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in ecology, marine biology, or evolutionary ecology (or closely related fields). Alternatively, a master thesis must have been submitted for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • A deep understanding of ecological processes is required.
  • Experience from studies of ecological interactions and processes in marine pelagic ecosystems is a major advantage.
  • Experience from statistical analyses of ecological data is an advantage.
  • Experience from field work at sea and in polar environments is an advantage.
  • Experience from studying meeting points between physical oceanography and marine biology is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English and have good communication skills.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD position is a part of the ClimateNarratives project that will use Disko Bay as a case study for a Greenland ocean-glacier system. ClimateNarratives will improve scientific understanding of climate change and changing natural systems in Greenland and the southwest Pacific, and work to better exchange local knowledge and narratives with local indigenous communities. The overall project objective is to co-create new knowledge to better assess physical and biological changes and their societal consequences. There are two other ClimateNarratives PhDs that will work in parallel at the Geophysical Institute (UiB) and at the University of the South Pacific.

The PhD project in marine ecology will focus on the seasonality of the pelagic ecosystem and ecological interactions in Disko Bay, Greenland. The main objective for the PhD project is to provide a better understanding of how the changing physical conditions of the Disko Bay ice-ocean system impact key biological processes in the pelagic. We will use zooplankton as our main study group but also include studies of primary production and fish. At the zooplankton level, species composition, seasonality in abundance, and the timing of key life cycle events will be studied. One of the main aims is to disentangle the roles of land-based processes, such as glacier melt, and ocean-based processes such as sea ice cover and water mass advection, on the ecological dynamics in the bay. The seasonality of these drivers and the biological interactions of the pelagic ecosystem will be given much attention.

The objective will be achieved primarily through analyses of existing data and field work to collect additional samples (zooplankton sampling primarily), lab experiments, and ecological modelling. The field work will be integrated with an ongoing monitoring program. The PhD candidate will collaborate with a Climate-Narrative PhD candidate in physical oceanography, and we aim for active use of the synergies this offer, including joint supervision.

Main PhD supervisor will be Professor Øystein Varpe, with Professor Lars H. Smedsrud at Department of Geophysics (GFI) and Professor Torkel Gissel Nielsen (DTU Denmark) as co-supervisors. It is expected that the candidate will spend time in Ilulissat (Greenland) and do field work on sea ice and from the local research vessel. The PhD student will have access to a team of multi-disciplinary researchers in the ClimateNarratives project and in-depth collaborations across the disciplines will be encouraged and facilitated.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  • a brief account (up to two pages) of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position, including potential ideas that could be pursued within the project framework
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should ideally be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • a copy of any publications in your name

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here

We can offer

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 501 200. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

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Contact details

For further details about the position, please contact Professor Øystein Varpe at Department of Biological Sciences – [email protected] , +47 97762645.

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