PhD Fellow in Marine Biodiversity at UiT, Norway 2022 (2023)

PhD Fellow in Marine Biodiversity at Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway 2022

Qualification Details

Qualifications requirements:

  • A MSc degree in biology, marine biology, fishery biology, environmental science or related area
  • Experience with quantitative analytical and/or statistical methods
  • A project description within the given topic (min 2 pages, max 4 pages, incl. figures/tables and references)
  • Documented fluency ofEnglish. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma.

Desired qualifications:

  • Good academic performance, and a genuine interest and motivation for performing research
  • Experience with statistical modelling and multivariate statistics
  • Established knowledge and proficiency in the programming software R
  • Good understanding of general fish and/or benthic ecology
  • Knowledge of the traits-based approach to ecology
  • Knowledge of ecosystem-based management
  • Experience with spatial analysis
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement
  • Scientific publications/manuscripts
  • Motivation for teaching

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on a master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work as well as personal skills. In addition, other experiences of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.Personal qualifications and suitability will be emphasized; the candidate’s personal qualifications should include excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability and enthusiasm to work as a member of a collaborative research team, as well as the ability to work independently under supervision.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

Admission to the PhD programme

For employment inthePhD position,you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programmeat theFaculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economicsand participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:

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  • Abachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and amaster's degree of 120 ECTS, oran integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
  • Amaster's thesiswitha scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTSforamaster's degree of 120 ECTS.
  • Amaster's thesiswithascope corresponding to at least20 ECTSforan integratedmaster's degree of 300 ECTS.

Grade requirements applies both to the master thesis as well as courses part of the master’s degree. The minimum requirements are grade C or better on the master’s degree, and grade C or better on courses that are part of the master’s degree. A grade lower than C in one course may be compensated by a higher grade than C in another course. If the applicant has two subjects with the grade D or lower, the applicant is not qualified for admission. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be foundhere.

Applicants with aforeigneducation will be subjected to an evaluationofwhether the educational background is equal toNorwegian highereducation, following national guidelinesfromNOKUT.Depending on which countrythe education is from, one or two additional years of university education may be requiredtofulfiladmissionrequirements,e.g.a 4-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year master's degree.

If you are employed in the position, you willbeprovisionally admittedto the PhD programme. Application forfinal admissionmust be submitted no later thansix weeksafter taking up the position.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS), The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) is searching for a PhD Fellow to study the diversity and distribution of fish and benthic communities in the Barents and Norwegian Seas and their response to global change. The position is affiliated with the Research Group BRIDGE. The PhD fellow will be encouraged to apply to become a member of theresearch school Changing Arctic.The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year comprises teaching and other duties, distributed as 25 % each year. 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 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.The candidatemust be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

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The position’s field of research

The PhD fellow will primarily work on advancing our understanding of adverse cumulative impacts of climate change and anthropogenic pressures acting on marine biodiversity in the Barents and Norwegian seas by assessing the status, trends, and drivers of biodiversity in terms of a set of indicators, and examine their links to ecosystem functions and services. The candidate will utilize regional data from scientific bottom-trawl surveys (demersal fish and megabenthos), trait datasets, and environmental and anthropogenic pressure datasets.The PhD research should focus on at least two of the following areas:(i) Engaging with end-users to define needs and priorities relating to the provision of advice on marine biodiversity(ii) Mapping fish and benthic diversity combining diverse empirical datasets (i.e., using methods such as HMSC, VAST),(iii) Using trait-based approach to assess species sensitivity to multiple pressures,(iv) Developing methods to account for cumulative impacts of pressures on marine communities, especially benthos and fish communities,(v) Linking biodiversity to ecosystem functions and services using empirical and/or theoretical models.

The PhD fellow will be affiliated with the EU research project B-Useful, and interact with the Norwegian FRAM project CLEAN. The overarching goal of B-Useful is to co-develop a set of user-oriented solutions and decision-support tools building and improving available European infrastructure for monitoring, data collection and ecosystem-based science advice in the marine environment. These tools and solutions will allow end-users to identify and visualize areas of particular importance for marine biodiversity and ecosystem services and to identify trade-offs with other maritime sectors (e.g., fishing and offshore energy) to better prioritize conservation efforts. The project has regional cases across 12 marine ecoregions in the European Seas, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Barents Sea.The PhD fellow will be supervised by a supervisor team composed of ass. Prof Laurene Pecuchet, ass. Prof Kåre Nolde Nielsen, and Prof. Raul Primicerio. The PhD fellow may also draw on members from the international team in the B-Useful project for supervision. We recommend that the PhD research includes a stay abroad in one of the partner institutes, making strategic use of available competence at that institution.The applicants must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project, and should ideally include two or more of the potential tasks mentioned above (i) to (v). The project description shall not exceed 4 pages, literature references included. It must include a description and motivation of the research focus, and the research question(s) and methods to be pursued. Note that the project description mainly serves to provide a basis for evaluating applicants. The selected candidate will develop a final project description in cooperation with the supervision team.

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How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diplomaforbachelor's andmaster's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record forbachelor's andmaster's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education(Diploma Supplement if available)
  • DocumentationofEnglish proficiency
  • Contact information of 2 references
  • Master’sthesis
  • Any other academic works. Maximum 2 works, max 50 pages when combined.
  • Project description(min 2 pages, max 4 pages)

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if notinEnglish or Scandinavian.We only accept applicationsand documentationsent viaJobbnorge within the application deadline.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics.

The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

About the Employer: UiT - University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

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Note or Other details


  • 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:

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find moreinformation for applicants.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhDFellowhas already completed parts of their research training programmeor when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhDFellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for researchtraining amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhDFellowis in accordance with the State salary scale code1017.A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). Accordingto thePersonal Data Actinformation about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact:

  • Associate Professor Laurene Pecuchet, email: [emailprotected]
  • Professor Raul Primicerio, e-mail [emailprotected]
  • Research group leader and Associate Professor Kåre Nolde Nielsen, e-mail [emailprotected]

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