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Postdoctor position in quantitative genetics/population ecology

A Postdoc position is available for 3 years at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics. The position is funded by a grant from the Climate Research Program, Research Council of Norway, and will be involved in the project “Evolution in a changing environment”, led by professor Bernt-Erik Sæther and also involving two other postdoctors, Marlene Gamelon and Thomas Kvalnes.

Information about the department

The research at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics is cross-disciplinary in the interface between biology and mathematical sciences, and is divided into three research areas: population ecology, evolutionary biology and community dynamics. The position will be located in the research area for evolutionary biology, but interactions with researchers in other research areas are welcomed.

Further information is available at: http://www.ntnu.edu/cbd

Job description

The aim of this project is to provide a new theoretical framework that enables us to analyse how fast phenotypes can adapt to climate change when subjected to stochastic variation in the environment, as well as density dependence. We will apply this theory to estimate the rate of phenotypic evolution in European hole-nesting bird species along latitudinal gradients in response to expected changes in key climate variables. Based on the results from these analyses we will examine under which conditions populations are most likely to adapt quickly to changes in climate. This project will thus provide a theoretical and empirical foundation for implementing evolutionary rescue analyses as a management tool.


The candidate must hold a PhD degree in biology, but candidates with a PhD-degree in mathematical sciences may also be considered, if the competence is relevant. We are searching for a candidate that can document experience with theoretical or empirical analyses in quantitative genetics. Candidates with skills in theoretical ecology or statistical analyses of demographic or population dynamical data can also be considered. Experience with the software R must be documented and is mandatory. The candidate will be involved in a pan-European network of collaborators and must therefore possess social skills.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the Postdoc will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as Postdoctor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from professor Bernt-Erik Sæther, Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics, NTNU, Tel. +47 90578544, E-mail: Bernt-Erik.Sather@ntnu.no

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts, (certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)) and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-23/17

Application deadline: 15.03.17

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