2016_03: Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Marine Ecology

The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as Post-doctoral Research Fellow in marine ecology at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Natural Sciences, for a period of two years. The position is mainly located at Campus Grimstad/Kristiansand. However, the appointee will be required to stay and work at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research(NIVA) and at CEES, University of Oslo (UiO). The starting date is negotiable with the department.

The marine group at the Department of Natural Sciences comprises around 20 people including professors, adjunct professors, researchers, Post-docs and PhD fellows. The Post-doc will also benefit from the recently establishedCenter for Coastal Research(CCR) in cooperation with University of Oslo (CEES), Institute of Marine Research (IMR), GRID-Arendal, and NIVA.

The Post-doctoral position is an important part of the project « SkagCore – A century of change: ecological responses to pollution, climate, and other stressors on the Skagerrak coast », a collaboration between UiA, NIVA, UiO and the IMR, as well as international collaborators. 

The PI of this project isProfessor Nils Chr. Stenseth.

The aim of the project is to analyse long (up to 100 years) time series on biodiversity together with data on past environmental conditions (contaminants, eutrophication) obtained from sediment cores and monitoring. The Research Fellow will undertake statistical analyses in order to model how the biological community (foraminifera, hard-bottom benthic flora and fauna, and fish) has responded to past environmental changes (such as contaminant concentrations, and temperature). Also, it is planned to model how cod populations respond to a changing environment using state-space methodology (e.g., JAGS).

The post provides an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated researcher which will cooperate with research groups from different fields (marine biology, population ecology, environmental toxicology and geoscience). The Post-doctoral Fellow is expected to take part in the research group and contribute to an active research environment that will give opportunities for personal and professional development. The appointee must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused, and independent manner. During the assessment process emphasis will be placed on the PhD work, examination results as well as any other previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or be able to document a confirmed data for the dissertation defence.

The successful candidate may hold a PhD in ecology or marine biology, alternatively a PhD in Statistics, or another field where statistical proficiency is needed. In any case, the candidate needs strong expertise in statistics, and a strong interest in population ecology and marine biology. The candidate should preferably be proficient with the statistical programming environment R.

Information about the appointment criteria for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the Post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

The Norwegian Civil Service is committed to reflect the diversity of society in its workforce and the personnel policy of theUniversityofAgderaims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews, and with permission from the applicant the University will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Appointment is made by the Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research at theUniversityofAgder. The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the Civil Service.

The position is remunerated in the State salary plan 17.510, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, code 1352, salary grade 57-65 (NOK 483.700-560.700). A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link“Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and letters of reference
  • Complete list of scientific publications
  • Doctoral dissertation
  • A maximum of ten (10) scholarly and other relevant publications which the applicant wishes to include for assessment
  • A description of research interests, background for the problem that the applicant wishes to study and its relevance for the mentioned projects

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

The application and all other information must be submitted in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English.

Closing date: 14.03.16.

Further information about the position may be obtained by contacting PI Professor Nils Chr. Stenseth, phone +47 22 85 45 84, e-mailn.c.stenseth@ibv.uio.noor Personal Adviser Anne  Bergit Jørgensen, +47 38 14 11 40, e-mail:anne.b.jorgensen@uia.no

In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the intention to exercise this right.