2 Postdoctoral Fellows in Arctic Marine Ecology, Biogeochemistry Modelling, Norway

Publish Date: Aug 25, 2016

Deadline: Sep 01, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellows

Application deadline: 1 September
Applications shall be marked: 2016/5587

Two three-year postdoctoral fellow positions in Arctic marine ecology, biogeochemistry and/or biological modelling are available at UiT- Norway’s Arctic University within the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics. Both positions are part of the new Arctic Seasonal Ice Zone Ecology (Arctic SIZE) project, which aims at conducting cutting-edge research on the ecology of the Arctic marginal ice zone on a pan-Arctic scale. Positions will be at the Institute for Arctic and Marine Biology within the research group Arctic Marine System Ecology.

The two three-year fixed-term positions are available starting 1 January 2017. A major objective of the appointment is for the post-doctoral research fellows to further their careers such that they subsequently qualify for senior academic positions. Postdoctoral Research Fellows can only work in that type of position for one fixed-term period at the same institution.

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE), UiT The Arctic University of Norway has two Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions vacant in Arctic marine ecology, biogeochemistry and /or modelling. The positions are attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group of Arctic Marine Systems Ecology.

The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of three years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic position. No one can be appointed for more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) includes 8 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, 23 technicians, 7 administrative positions and 60 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians). Department of Arctic and Marine Biology.

For further information, please contact: Prof. Paul Wassmann, paul.wassmann@uit.no or phone +47 776 44 459

Field of Research

We seeks candidates for two postdoctoral fellowship positions who will work on research questions related to production and/or other aspects of ecosystem functioning in Arctic regions which are characterized by seasonal ice cover. The work can be based on field observations, experiments, and/or ecosystem modelling, and involve new technologies, with a research focus on the ecological coupling between sea ice, pelagic and/or benthic realms. The geographic area of interest is the pan-Arctic domain with a starting point in the European Arctic. The two postdoctoral researchers will be important contributors to the research and development research team of the new Arctic Seasonal Sea Ice Zone Ecology (Arctic SIZE) project. Arctic SIZE aims to contribute to a holistic and integrated understanding of production, biogeochemistry and ecology in Arctic seasonal sea ice zones. The postdoctoral researchers are responsible for developing research projects relevant to Arctic SIZE, and will contribute to the development of new projects, ideas and research cooperation. The successful candidates are expected to substantially contribute to data analysis, publications and outreach in interdisciplinary and international venues. They will work with the Arctic SIZE team on practical issues related to expedition logistics, organizing workshops and data archival. The two postdoctoral researchers will be integrated into a larger research team within the research group, consisting of the Arctic SIZE team and researchers involved in various related project groups.

The Post docs will work closely with two PhD students that will be hired at the same time. They will also have opportunity to connect to the ARCTOS researchers network (arctos.uit.no) that includes major marine research institutions in Norway.

Qualifications required

We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers with a PhD degree in aquatic ecology and interest in ecosystem relevant research in ice-covered marine regions. The applicants must have demonstrated experience in relevant research projects and ambitions to further develop the research area. Documented publication activity in international peer-reviewed journals is required. Field experience in ice-covered oceans is beneficial. Strong work ethics and the ability to work both independently and within a team are required. It is therefore beneficial to document experience in project and teamwork, and describe research interests tied to ecosystem processes in the seasonal ice zone. Experience of working in polar seas is beneficial, as is an established network of researchers and experience in administrative and organizational tasks. Experience and interest in communicating research to a broad range of audiences is also desirable. The postdoctoral researchers are expected to further strengthen the team’s research activities through development of research proposals and active participation in international research cooperations.

Applicants are required to submit a project idea (two pages, in English), which should include the scientific motivation, specific research questions and methodological approaches within the framework of Arctic SIZE. The project idea should also include a suggested timeline.

The overall personal qualifications will be considered.

The applicant must have excellent oral and writing skills in English.
How to document languages proficiency - See in the "Further official information" link below this article.

Working conditions

The working hours shall be utilised for research, research-related activities and research administration.

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

The remuneration

for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The applicants who are 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.

All documentation must be certified and translated into English or Scandinavian language.

The application

Submit it electronically in the "Further official information" link below this article.

It must include

  • Letter of application
  • Project idea including scientific motivation, suggestion research questions and methodological approach within the framework of Arctic SIZE. A suggested timeline should also be included (max 2 pages, in English)
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
    certified diplomas
  • documentation of English language proficiency
  • reference letter with contact information (work)
  • list of works and description of these. The list of works shall contain the following information:
    1. author(s), the work’s title
    2. for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    3. for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages


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

In addition, the applicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.

It is required that the documents mentioned above will be enclosed in Jobbnorge before deadline.

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

Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Rellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident). See in the "Further official information" link below this article.

Questions concerning the organisation 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 their age, 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.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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