PhD Fellowships in Arctic Zooplankton Diversity Related to Functional Traits in Norway

  • PHD
  • Salaried
  • 15 August 2022

The position

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has position available as PhD fellow in Arctic zooplankton diversity related to functional traits. The position is attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group Arctic Marine System Ecology (AMSE).

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

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Qualification requirements:

  • A Master degree or equivalent in Biology, Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Science or related area
  • A quantitative background in analytical and statistical methods

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge on the traits-based approach to ecology.
  • Experience with statistical modelling and multi-variate statistics.
  • Programming experience: R, Matlab, Python, PermANOVA, Primer or other relevant.
  • Experience in field sampling in marine ecology and/or biological oceanography
  • Peer-reviewed publications will be considered an important asset

Prior work experience in a research team setting is beneficial as is teaching experience. We are looking for motivated individuals who can work independently yet function well within a team in research and teaching settings. Soft skills are therefore also of importance.

Applicants must document fluency of in English and be able to work in an international environment.

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  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Good career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here:


A statement of personal and scientific interest in taking a PhD degree, and a separate outline of a potential PhD project idea (total max. 2 pages) must be included in the application.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The project description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

We will also emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

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