Postdoctoral Fellow in quantitative ecology

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE), UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position vacant in quantitative ecology. The position is attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group of Northern populations and ecosystems.

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.

The position’s field of research/field of work

The postdoctor will work within the project “Sustainable management of renewable resources in a changing environment (SUSTAIN): an integrated approach across ecosystems, funded by The Research Council of Norway for the period 2015-2018. This project combines the three strongest ecology research groups in Norway with nodes at the Universities of Oslo (UiO), Trondheim (NTNU) and Tromsø (UiT), led respectively by Profs. N.C. Stenseth, B.E. Sæther and R.A. Ims. The Tromsø node also includes NINA (Dept of Arctic Ecology) and the Norwegian Polar Institute. The project’s main aim is to investigate how combined anthropogenic and climatic changes affect different harvested ecosystems (terrestrial, freshwater, and marine – particularly, but not only, in Arctic regions) and how management strategies can be improved to ensure sustainable exploitation and resilience. The research for these positions will mainly be associated with WP5, which aims to explore how climate variation and change in combination with harvesting and other management actions will affect food web interactions in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The main aims are to: 1) Use multi-trophic level datasets available to fit hierarchical dynamic models (also known as structural equation and state-space models) to analyse associations and identify causal relationships between drivers and ecological variables. 2) Use simulated data with known interactions and changes to assess the ability of the chosen analytical framework to detect/predict changes. This also entails an assessment of the data/effort/design needed to detect potential effects of climate change and/or management actions on the ecosystem. The postdoctoral fellow is also expected to participate in WP2 of the project, which will explore how differences in the structure of the environmental noise influence the choice of harvest strategy in food webs. The postdoc is encouraged to develop new perspectives within and between these work packages. In this connection, a 4-6 month stay with one of the two other nodes (Oslo and/or Trondheim) or an international partner will be expected. As such, we are looking for candidates with strong quantitative, programming and modelling skills. The project also involves interactions with local stakeholders and managers, which is formalized in WP6 in the project.

Qualifications required

  • The applicant must have obtained a PhD in quantitative ecology, or applied statistics or mathematics with documented competences in population/community ecology. Candidates should demonstrate a good record of publication; have strong organizational, written and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team. Skills with statistical modelling and programming are essential. Experience with Bayesian analysis and familiarity with structural equation/state-space models are beneficial.
  • For appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow, the applicant requires Norwegian doctoral degree in the subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.
  • When applying for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, the applicant shall submit a project proposal for the qualifying work. This proposal shall include a progress plan. It is required that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.
  • The applicant must have a good command of English, both written and verbal

Application deadline: 25th of May 2015

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