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PhD Position (3 years) in zooplankton ecology at University of Nordland

August 27, 2012


PhD Position (3 years) in zooplankton ecology at University of Nordland

University of Nordland
The University of Nordland (UiN) offers studies at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. Each year, students are admitted to more than 100 study programmes within professional studies and theoretical disciplinary studies. UiN offers PhD programmes in Business, Sociology, Aquaculture and Professional Studies.

Today we have more than 6,000 students and 600 staff members on campus Bodø, Helgeland and Vesterålen.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA)
FBA is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge within biosciences and aquaculture. 

In recent years, FBA has undergone a major development both in terms of faculty and infrastructure. Today FBA stands as an internationally diverse academic environment. The Faculty has approximately 80 employees in professional and technical/administrative support functions. 

The teaching at the Faculty is research-based. FBA offers Bachelor’s programmes in Biology, Export Marketing, Aquaculture Management and a unique Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science that grants students direct transfer to the veterinary studies at University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Slovakia. Moreover, we offer Master’s programmes in Aquaculture and Marine Ecology, and a PhD programme.

FBA aims to be a leading international arena in the High North for education, research and knowledge dissemination in aquaculture and marine ecology, fostered by a unique genomic platform and characterized by strong interaction between the disciplines. The Faculty possesses new, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and operates a Research Station about  10 minutes from campus. The Research Station's primary mission is to facilitate and support research activities related to seawater-related laboratory activities and research on living marine organisms.

The Faculty seeks to strengthen the relations between students, the research community, public sector and the industry.

For more information, see The Faculty’s website:

About the Position
The Faculty of Bioscience and Aquaculture, University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway, opens for applications for a three-year PhD position in marine zooplankton ecology. The position is part of the ConocoPhillips sponsored ARCTOS project “Impact of the variability in the Norwegian and Barents Sea Calanus complex on ecosystems and commercial fish stocks”. The project is a collaboration between ARCTOS (, the Norwegian Polar Institute (, Akvaplan-niva (, Marine Research Institute, Iceland ( and the University of Nordland (
The project aims to identify environmental drivers underlying the observed spatial and temporal variations in zooplankton. The project’s objective is to analyze the interannual variability in climate indicators as well as abundance and phenology of Calanus congeners originating from different data sets from different regions in the North Atlantic and Barents Sea.

The successful candidate must have a MSc degree, or equivalent, in ecology, marine biology or related fields. The candidate should demonstrate competence in statistical analysis or modelling of ecological data sets. The Ph.D. position is organized research training, implying that the candidate will obtain the Ph.D. degree. It is required that the Ph.D. student will be admitted to the Ph.D. programme at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, and participate in the organized research training programme. Application for admission to the programme must be submitted within three months after admission. For admission requirements and regulations, see  .

Good communication skills in English, both oral and written, are required, as the Faculty operates in an international environment with many international visitors and staff members. 

Personal skills
The position requires a highly motivated, performance driven person with good capabilities of working independently as well as in teams.

Salary and Working Conditions
The start salary for the PhD candidate is set at wage level 50 in the Norwegian State Salary Scale. As an employee at the University of Nordland you become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and you will also get access to other social benefits. A statutory amount to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will automatically be deducted from the salary. 

The person who is appointed must abide by the laws, agreements and directives that apply to the position at any time. The responsibilities and duties linked to the position may be altered due to future reorganization at the University of Nordland. 

According to the employment policy of the institution, our staff should reflect the population in general. We encourage candidates with minority background to apply for the position. The University practices moderate allocation according to sex quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for the Civil Service.

Contact Information
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Ketil Eiane (, phone 480 04 712) or Professor Stig Falk-Petersen (

You apply for this position by clicking on the link below:
→ Apply

Applicants for the position are requested to send an application in which the motivation for applying is clearly stated, as well as a complete CV (education, scientific publications as well as work experience) and certified copies of educational certificates.  Other qualifying activities should be verified. 

Certified copies of diplomas and certificates indicating the position No. 30046349 may as an alternative be sent by mail in three copies to University of Nordland, P.O. box 1490, 8049 Bodø. 

Application deadline: September 25, 2012. 

The applicants will receive a public list of applicants. Please note that information about an applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested to stay anonymous.

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