Researcher in Marine Ecology at CEES, University of Oslo

A 2-year position as researcher (position code 1109) in marine ecology is available at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The position is available from 1 April 2012

The researcher position is one of 24 PhD and postdoc/researcher positions announced throughout 2011 and 2012 within the NorMER network ( – a Nordic Centre of Excellence funded by Nordforsk, on behalf of the Top-level Research Initiative (TRI). All currently available positions are now simultaneously announced locally at their respective institutions. Links to all announcements are listed here:

Read more about the NorMER network here:

Project description 
“Changing response of exploited fish stocks to climate change”

Recent work has shown that exploitation can affect the response of fish stocks to the environment, an issue of key importance in the current context of climate change and over-exploitation of marine resources. Using prediction from age-structured stochastic models, the project aims at deriving theoretical predictions describing the expected patterns of variations of fish populations. These predictions will then be used as hypotheses to be tested on an extensive database of marine fish-stocks time series that will be built from data available in stock-assessment reports. This work will be done in close collaboration with Professors Louis Botsford and Alan Hastings at UC Davis, who developed a suitable framework for such an approach. This is a 24 month position with a minimum of 18 months working at UC Davis.

The project will be carried out at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biology, University of Oslo.


We are seeking for a young researcher who has completed a PhD in fisheries ecology or a similar field, with a focus on ecological theory. The announced position involves development and analyses of theoretical models to investigate current and future patterns of fish population dynamics in response to environmental and anthropogenic forcing. Time series analysis will be used to confront the model results to the data. A solid background in mathematics, modelling, time series analysis and strong computational skills are essential. Excellent knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g. R, Matlab, C++) is required and knowledge of analytical mathematics software will be an asset. Applicants must possess experience in different time series analysis approaches in fisheries ecology and must have a successful track record of applying these skills to fish populations. The ability to communicate and work in a multidisciplinary team are essential.


A good command of English is required

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person we seek
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records, letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to 5 academic work that 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)

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or would like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr. Jason Whittington, on behalf of project leader Prof. Nils Christian Stenseth:

Reference number: 2012/2585

Home page:

Deadline: 12th March 2012

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