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Research Fellow (PhD position) in
Evolutionary Marine Ecology

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The application deadline is 30 March 2011.

The University of Bergen (UiB) is situated in the centre of the city of Bergen. The university has about 14.300 students and about 3.300 faculty and staff members. The UiB is known for its high European research standard and houses a number of centres of excellence. We have a strong international profile and cooperate closely with other universities all over the world.

At the Department of Biology a 4-year research fellow (PhD position) is available within the field of evolutionary marine ecology. The PhD candidate will be part of the Modelling Group (, a young and dynamic research group which builds mechanistic models to increase our understanding of marine ecology, life history evolution, evolution of mating systems, and behavioural ecology. The research is internationally oriented with an extensive scientific network both nationally and internationally, and the atmosphere is highly collaborative.

The PhD position is part of the newly established Nordic Centre of Excellence for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change. The Centre constitutes a unique, cross-disciplinary framework for evaluating effects of climate change on Nordic marine ecosystems with a particular focus on Atlantic cod, and the Modelling Group at the Department of Biology is one of nine participating nodes. Education of PhD students is a main focus of the centre and joint meetings and research visits to other nodes will be an important part of the activity. For more information about the Centre, its participants, and a list of PhD and postdoc positions currently open please visit

The successful applicant will model temperature effects on life history adaptations and population dynamics in Atlantic cod. Increasing sea temperatures are already being measured, and physiologists are elucidating how the performance of individual fish might be affected. In this project we will use the existing literature on these topics to build a theoretical model that scales individual responses to population-level consequences. By explicitly accounting for temperature as a driving factor, the model will be used as a virtual laboratory to study how cod populations may respond to climate change. The model will also be used to study responses when fishing is acting simultaneously. Cod is a species where many of the underlying physiological relationships are well known, so this integrative study has great value because general insight can be transferable also to other species and systems. The expected output is also relevant for extending marine ecological theory and for fisheries managers, because they now need to account for both fishing and climate change.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with background in one or more of the following disciplines: adaptation, ecology, evolution, fisheries science, life history theory, physiology, and theoretical biology. Candidates with backgrounds from related disciplines will also be considered. Good communication and writing skills in English and a desire to engage in collaborative research are essential.

Applicants must have achieved a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or have submitted their master thesis for assessment by the application deadline. It is a prerequisite, however, that the formal admission requirements for the PhD programme are met before appointment can be made.

The research fellow must take part in the University's approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training module, will be worked out in collaboration with a supervisor.

In total, the fellowship period is 4 years. For positions with a 4-year duration 25 pct of the period will be designated to teaching and/or administrative duties. The fellowship period may be reduced if the successful applicant has held previous employment as research fellow or similar.

The teaching language will normally be Norwegian and English.

Starting salary on grade 48 (code 1017/pay framework 20.8) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale; currently NOK 383,900 gross p.a.; following ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information about the position please contact Professor Øyvind Fiksen ( or researcher Christian Jørgensen (

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Hence, the evaluation committee’s report will be disclosed (in full detail, and not anonymised) to all of the applicants.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. Send electronic application, CV, certificates and diplomas (bachelor and master’s degree) and grade transcripts via the website You may need to click the button labelled 'English' in the top right corner to display the English version of the advertisement. Then click the button marked 'APPLY FOR THIS JOB' to enter the application procedure.

The application should also include:

  • a cover letter including motivation for applying
  • a brief (1/2–1 page) description of the applicant's research interests
  • contact details of two references

Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 30 March 2011

Quote reference number: 2011/1719

7 PhD- and 4 Postdoc positions are now available at The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER) - A Nordic Centre of Excellence.
NorMER ( is a new Nordic Centre of Excellence funded by Nordforsk, on behalf of the Top-Level Research Initiative (TRI), which consists of 45 researchers from 10 research units situated within all of the Nordic territories: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Åland, Denmark, Faroes, Greenland and Iceland. This collaborative project combines the expertise of internationally recognized research teams to implement a multidisciplinary research strategy to explore the biological, economic, and societal consequences of global climate change on fisheries resources in the Nordic region, with a primary focus on the Atlantic cod. NorMER will achieve this through a unique program of primary research, for which the members will collaborate in training a total of 15 new PhD students (7 announced in 2011, 8 in 2012) and 5 Postdocs (4 announced in 2011, 1 in 2012) through joint projects that integrate biology, economics, industry and policy.
All 11 positions are now simultaneously announced locally at their respective institutions: We encourage all candidates to apply for more than one position, if possible. For questions about the network, please contact:
Research areas: Ecology, Evolutionary biology and Economy
Announcement date: 18th February 2011
Application deadline: 30th March 2011
Starting date: 1st August 2011


Dag L. Aksnes
Sergey Budaev
PhD Student
Ryan J. Dillon
Associate Professor
Sigrunn Eliassen
PhD student
Johanna Fall
Group Leader, Professor
Øyvind Fiksen
PhD Student
Nadia Fouzai
Jarl Giske
PhD Student
Laura Hildesheim
PhD Student
Camilla HÃ¥konsrud Jensen
Christian Jørgensen
PhD Student
Tom J. Langbehn
Christian Lindemann
PhD Student
Gabriella Ljungström
Adjunct Professor
Marc Mangel
Adéle Mennerat
Anders F. Opdal
PhD student
Nicolas J. I. Rodriguez
PhD Student
Jacqueline Weidner
PhD Student
Johanna Myrseth Aarflot