UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UIT The Arctic University of Norway - Department of Arctic and Marine Biology

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.

Three PhD position in Arctic Marine Ecology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE), UiT The Arctic University of Norway has three PhD positions vacant in Arctic Marine Ecology. The positions is attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group of Arctic Marine System Ecology (AMSE). The anticipated start for these positions is early 2019.


The appointment for each position is for a period of four years.


The PhD positions is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics PhD web pages


Department of Arctic and Marine Biology includes 6 research groups. Research and teaching at AMB has a broad span, from molecular mechanisms at cellular/subcellular levels via studies of adaptations at the organismal level, to ecological interactions in aquatic and terrestrial environments. The staff  counts 52 permanent scientists, 26 technicians, 9 administrative positions and 65 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians).


Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Marit Reigstad, marit.reigstad@uit.no or phone +47 776 44525 eller professor Bodil Bluhm, bodil.bluhm@uit.no Or phone +47 776 44382.


The position’s field of research

The positions are affiliated with the recently started Norwegian research project The Nansen Legacy (http://nansenlegacy.org). The Nansen Legacy is the Norwegian Arctic research community’s joint effort to establish a holistic understanding of a changing marine Arctic climate and ecosystem in the northern Barents Sea and adjacent Arctic Basin. The project will provide a scientific knowledgebase needed for future sustainable resource management in the study area through collaborative work between ten Norwegian research institutions between 2018-2023. The interdisciplinary research will focus on the physics, chemistry and biology of the target area. Activities in the project will include international cooperation, and several cruises with the new, ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon.


The advertised PhD positions are in the field of Arctic marine ecology/biogeochemistry. The group of hired applicants are expected to develop PhD projects in the fields of: 1) Sea ice and pelagic primary production with molecular mapping of primary producers, 2) vertical flux in different ice regimes and seasons, with focus on pelagic-benthic coupling, and 3) population dynamics and productivity of zooplankton (main focus on copepods) in different seasons. Applicants must indicate which of the three positions they apply to.


The regional focus is the northern Barents Sea and adjacent Arctic Basin with a transect covering the gradient from boreal to Arctic conditions, and shelf to basin. Seagoing field work under harsh conditions will be required as well as potential, short research visits with national / international collaborators.


Qualifications requirements

A Master degree or equivalent in Biology, Marine Biology, Marine Science or related area is required. Experience and skills in basic lab, analytical and statistical methods are also needed. A background in marine ecology, biological, physical and chemical oceanography is a strong benefit as is experience in polar field sampling and experimental design. Peer-reviewed publications will be also be considered a benefit. Prior work experience in an interdisclipinary research team setting is beneficial as is teaching experience. We are looking for motivated individuals who can work independently yet function well within a team in research and teaching settings. Soft skills are therefore also of importance. The candidates will work with team members from UiT and other Norwegian institutions in the Nansen Legacy project.


A statement of personal and scientific interest in taking a PhD degree, including an outline of a PhD project idea specific to one of the three above listed research foci (total max. 2 pages) must be included in the application.


The applicant must be fluent in English (written and oral), and be willing to learn Norwegian within a reasonable time. How to document languages proficiency


Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment in a PhD position; cf. Section 6 of the Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The PhD programme must be approved and the contract signed no later than six weeks after the starting date. In connection with this, the person who is appointed can receive a period of up to two month in which to submit a draft of their project description/reworked project description and a proposal of courses for the instruction component. In the event that the PhD contract is not completed within the stipulated deadline, the employer may annul the contract; cf. Section 1-3(8) of the Regulations relating to conditions of employment for positions of Postdoctoral Fellows, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant (only in Norwegian).


Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university cf. Guidelines for the PhD candidate’s duties.


The position comes with a teaching obligation in courses within the research group Arctic Marine System Ecology and the AMB department. Teaching will be in Norwegian and / or English.


A shorter period of employment may be approved if the PhD Candidate has already implemented parts of the PhD programme or when the appointment is based on previous appointments in teaching positions (PhD candidate, Research Assistant or the equivalent), such that the total time of the PhD programme is three years.


Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Sector Pension Fund will be deducted.



The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination. The applicants, who assessed as the best qualified, will be called to an interview.

The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position


Applicants who invites for interview should bring original certificates and diplomas.


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It is required that application documents (mentioned below) is been enclosed in Jobbnorge before the submission deadline. It is important that the documents for considering is certified and translated into Scandinavian or English.



  • Letter of application
  • Motivation and idea for PhD project outline specific to one of the three research foci (total max 2 pages)
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
  • diploma supplement for completed degrees
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • reference letters (2 or more) and contact information
  • List of works and description of these

    • The list of works shall contain the following information:
      • author(s), the work’s title
      • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
      • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages


Works- The applicant have to attach the published or unpublished work he/she wish the Committee be take into consideration during the assessment process



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Questions concerning the organization of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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