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Department of Biosciences (IBV) is a research and education department at the University of Oslo. The Department has one Centre of Excellence and four research sections. The Department has 52 faculty members and associate professors, and approximately 190 PhD students, post docs and researchers, in addition to technical and administrative staff. The working environment is international, and scientists from over 30 countries contribute to the working environment. The Department aims to maintain high international standards both within research and teaching.
IBV offers research-based education within several aspects of bioscience, including ecology, behavioural ecology, evolution, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, biomedicine, genetics, bioinformatics and biotechnology. Around 380 students are enrolled in bachelor’s programs, and 90 in master’s programs.

PhD Research Fellowship in Marine Biology

Position as PhD Research fellow available at the Department of Biosciences.

The fellowship is for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at the Department) provided that the successful candidate has good knowledge of one of the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish). Otherwise, the fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work. Starting date is no later than 01.10.2017. Note that no one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Job/ project description:

The PhD research fellow will work in a project addressing mesopelagic fish and macroplankton with analyses of acoustic data being a central task. The study will largely use data from echosounders which have been deployed in fjords and cabled to shore, providing long-term measurements with high temporal and vertical resolution. It may also be possible to participate during research cruises. Mesopelagic organisms often degree carry out diel vertical migration which has been described as the largest animal movement on earth in terms of biomass, and the aim of the study is to unveil behavioral patterns of both individuals and populations through day and night and throughout the year. The research fellow will work in a team with collaborators from two sections at the Department, the Section for Aquatic biology and toxicology (AQUA) and the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES).

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Marine biology, Fish biology, Aquatic behavioral ecology or similar.

The candidate must have background from aquatic studies. It will be an advantage with knowledge of the use of echosounders, but lack of such competence can be compensated with good background in pelagic ecology or aquatic behavioral studies. The use of echosounders provides large amounts of data, and competence in handling large data set will be an advantage.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

A good command of English is required.

We offer:

  • Salary NOK 436 900– 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow, (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.

How to apply:

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A brief account (one page maximum, as a separate file) of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

Contact persons:

For further information please contact: Professor Stein Kaartvedt, phone: +47 22854739,e-mail:, or
professor Asbjørn Vøllestad, phone: +47 22854640, e-mail:

For information regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone:+47 22854272, e-mail:

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  • Deadline
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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    University of Oslo
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