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Researcher Job in Mesopelagic ecology – Marine Biology, Oslo, Norway

University of Oslo, UiO


Position as researcher in mesopelagic ecology is available at the Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo in the research group of professor Stein Kaartvedt – Norway, 2021

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: 18 months
Salary: 615 800 per annum

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,
Department of Biosciences,
University of Oslo, UiO

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Qualification Details

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.


  • A PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in marine or fishery biology or similar field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the completed defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Strong computational skills
  • Solid knowledge and experience in the use of echosounders and analyses of acoustic data in marine ecological research. It is essential that the candidate has experience in acoustic target tracking for analyses of individual behavior as this will be the central element of the research.
  • Solid background in pelagic ecology and handling of large data sets
  • Competitive publication track record
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Personal skills

  • We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and hard-working candidate with the ambition to gain new insights and publish papers in international journals.
  • Applicants must show good interpersonal skills and be willing to work in close collaboration with the project PI and other members of the project team, as well as have the ability to work independently.

We will place great emphasis on personal skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The candidate will work in the EU Horizon 2020 project “SUMMER” (Sustainable management of mesopelagic resources). The mesopelagic zone at 200 – 1000 m depth is one of the least understood ecosystems on Earth. Recent research suggests that the fish biomass in the mesopelagic ecosystem might be 10 times higher than previously thought, and therefore represent 90 % of the fish biomass of the planet. The mesopelagic zone also hosts a rich community of invertebrates. In the project 22 partners address various aspects of mesopelagic ecology. The University of Oslo contributes in assessing abundance and vertical distribution/migration as well as individual, in situ behavior of the mesopelagic fauna by the use of acoustic methods. We analyze already available acoustic data sets.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include

  • Application letter including a statement of interest, describing how your background and previous experience relate to the project in general, and how your skills fit into the research framework outlined
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, research experience, pedagogical experience, and other relevant activities)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications required for this project, as well as the candidates’ motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

About the Department

Department of Biosciences (IBV) is one of nine departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Research in the department is organised in five sections covering topics within biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, genetics, aquatic biology, toxicology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Education across these topics is offered for around 380 bachelor, 170 master, and 75 PhD students. With 52 permanent professors/associate professors, post-docs, researchers, technical, and administrative personnel, the Department has a total staff of 340 from more than 30 different countries. The Department aims to maintain high international standards within both research and teaching. The new bachelor program in bioscience is the first of its kind to include programming and computational modelling as core elements.

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO

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Contact details

For further information please contact: Professor Stein Kaartvedt; email:; phone: +47 22854739.

For questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR adviser Nina Holtan; email:; phone: +47 22854424.

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