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UiB PhD fellowship position in Biosystematics and Biogeography

University of Bergen (UiB)


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The Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen (University of Bergen, Norway) opens a vacancy for a Ph.D. position within the field of biosystematics, at Norway

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General Info

Position: Ph.D. fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: October 27, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 491.200 NOK/Year

Department of Natural History
University Museum of Bergen
University of Bergen (UiB)

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Qualification Details

We seek an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate with interest in evolutionary biology and systematics. Previous experience in biosystematics of spiders and in bioinformatics is beneficial but not required and we encourage all candidates with interest in the subject to apply. The successful applicant must be a good team worker and have the ability to work independently, and must possess excellent social and communication skills.Required:

  • Applicants must have a master science degree (M. Sc.) or equivalent education in zoology, evolutionary biology or biosystematics, and must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience with molecular laboratory work and phylogenetic analyses.
  • Availability to travel abroad to carry out fieldwork and study biological collections at other institutions.
  • Excellent command of English, both oral and written.


  • Experience one or more of the following areas would be beneficial:
  • Taxonomy and systematics of spiders.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Molecular dating and biogeographic analyses.
  • Optical and/or scanning electron microscopy.
  • Scientific writing and communication (e.g., poster and oral presentations at scientific meetings).
  • Fieldwork.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Objectives and methods: We want to answer the following questions: How many Diplocephalus species are there and what are their phylogenetic relationships and distributions? How did major historical events impact the diversification of Diplocephalus and other linyphiids? How did different biogeographical processes (e.g. vicariance and dispersal) contribute to patterns of species diversity and the geography of speciation? What are the evolutionary patterns of male head modifications? The project will use a combination of molecular phylogenetics (based on ultra-conserved elements) and morphology to the address the diversity and evolution of Diplocephalus. For the species descriptions we will use cutting edge methods such as semantic species descriptions.The project will be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Dimitrov (Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen) and co-supervised by Prof. Gustavo Hormiga (Department of Biological Sciences, The George Washington University,Washington DC), Prof. Nikolaj Scharff (Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen) and Prof. Henrik Glenner (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen).

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About the Project

Spiders are one of the most diverse animal groups, yet few is known about the processes that have generated such remarkable species diversity. Among spiders linyphiids stand out as one of the most specie rich families. They are also particularly diverse in cooler regions (e.g. higher latitude and mountains) while most of the spider species are found around the humid tropical regions. Thus, linyphiids are particularly interesting to study in order to understand the role of global climate fluctuations on the diversification and the distributional patterns of spiders. The focal group of this Ph. D. project, the genus Diplocephalus, contains 58 described species distributed at higher latitudes (except for the Mediterranean region) across the Holarctic, and probably includes many new species. Diplocephalus species are taxonomically challenging and hard to identify as most linyphiids. Some species are very widely distributed while others have a narrow distribution and often several species with distinct range sizes co-occur. This makes Diplocephalus an excellent system to study the processes that drive diversity and distribution patterns of linyphiid spiders and the potential effects of climate change on spider diversity and distributions. In addition, males of Diplocephalus have species specific head modifications that are involved in mating. Similar structures are also found in other linyphiids and it is hypothesized that they play important role in their diversification through sexual selection. However, little is known about the relative importance of this process on the diversity and distribution patters at varying taxonomical and spatial scales.

About the Employer: University of Bergen (UiB)

Note or Other details

We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This corresponds to a gross annual salary of NOK 491.200. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits

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Contact details

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Dimitrov (, University Museum of Bergen, Department of Natural History.

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