PhD Research Fellowship in Ecology
A 3 year position as PhD Research Fellow is available at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
This 3-year PhD position is part of the project SUSTAIN (Sustainable management of renewable resources in a changing environment: an integrated approach across ecosystems), recently funded by the Research Council of Norway (PI: Nils Chr. Stenseth). The candidate will be supervised by Øystein Langangen and/or Yngvild Vindenes and/or Nils Chr. Stenseth and/or Ivar Herfindal (NTNU). Part of the project will be carried out at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.
Tentative starting date: January 2016.
No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.
Job/ project description:
Harvesting is often size-dependent (e.g. in fisheries, and trophy hunting in many ungulates), and since many species show sexual dimorphism in body size this may lead to higher harvesting mortality in one sex than the other. Sex-specific differences in harvesting level may also arise from other mechanisms. For instance, in fisheries harvesting often takes place at the spawning grounds where females and males may arrive at different times. In some cases, harvesting or hunting regulations also directly include sex-specific quotas. A different harvesting pressure among sexes can affect the population through an altered sex ratio, and potentially also through induced changes in the life history of one or both sexes.
This PhD project will investigate consequences of sex selective harvesting in size- and age-structured populations. One part of the project will be to develop and analyse two-sex demographic models to investigate how harvesting influences key life history characteristics and eco-evolutionary dynamics. The main (but not necessarily only) approach will be integral projection models (IPM), a demographic framework well suited for studying consequences of size-specific harvesting in structured populations. The developed framework will be applied to investigate theoretically the consequences of different harvesting strategies, as well as applied to empirical data from different species across the freshwater, marine and terrestrial domain. Relevant study systems that may be analysed within this project include data for Barents Sea Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), Brown trout (Salmo trutta) from the lake Mjøsa, Norway and moose (Alces alces) in southern Norway.
The fellowship requires admission to the research training 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.
Position code 1017, Pay grade: 50 - 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)
The application must include:
Application letter, including a pointwise explanation of how the applicant fits the selection criteria detailed above
CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications).
Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
Documentation of English proficiency (for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries).
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).
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.
Researcher Yngvild Vindenes
Telephone: +47 22857294
Researcher Øystein Langangen
Telephone: +47 22854648
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