University of Bergen

Universitetsmuseet i Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Phd position in biosystematics (Malacology)

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen (University of Bergen, Norway) within the field of biosystematics.


About the project/work tasks:

The candidate will be working on a research project related with systematics, phylogeny, speciation, and biogeography of deep-sea organisms. The focal group is the gastropod genus Scaphander distributed worldwide. This model-group will be used to address broader questions of marine diversification and historical biogeography in the deep-sea using a combination of morphological characters and molecular phylogenetic methods.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

Applicants must have an MSc degree or equivalent education in biology. We seek a candidate ideally with experience in biosystematics of marine invertebrates and with the ability to work independently. Evaluation criteria include grades and relevance of the MSc thesis and other pertinent evolutionary biology subjects. Proven skills on fieldwork, anatomical dissection, electron microscopy, and phylogenetic analysis will be considered as strengths. Availability to carry out fieldwork abroad is a requirement.


About the PhD position:

The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years of which 25% (one full year) is work duty including teaching assistance and curation of scientific collections at the museum. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.


About the research training:

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The PhD fellow will also become a member of the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio).

A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. Application for admission to the PhD study, including progress plan for education and research, will be made together with the project advisors.


Your application must include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page) describing your motivation to work on the project, and a CV (maximum 2 pages) with personalia, qualifications and working experience.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment, modern laboratories with diverse research activities, comprehensive scientific collections.
  • Salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 436.900. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.


General information:

Additional information on the position is obtainable from Associate Professor Manuel Malaquias (, phone +47 55582582.


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant background and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position. We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.


Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.


For further information about the recruitment process, click here.


Closing date:  October 31, 2017

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Employer
    University of Bergen
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