PhD Research Fellowship in Population Genomics/genetics of cod at University of Oslo, Norway

Job description:

The successful candidate will work within the project “MARine MAnagement and Ecosystem Dynamics under climate change (MARmaED)” ( an Innovative Training Network funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (The European Union’s Horizon 2020) under grant agreement No 675997 for the period 2015-2019. MARmaED is an international and interdisciplinary network that unifies specific and complementary competences in marine sciences from Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and France to investigate how the cumulative stress from biodiversity loss, climate change and harvesting will affect Europe’s complex marine systems and the consequences for optimal resource management. 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. MARmaED will provide salary for 15 PhD projects.

Genetic structure of the Northeast arctic cod: impact of climate change?
Within this sub-project the PhD-candidate will work interdisciplinary – with the overarching goal to implement and use genomic data into population dynamic models – and study how adaptation to the environment shapes the spatiotemporal dispersal and genetic connectivity of the Atlantic cod. To reach this goal the candidate will use ancient DNA (aDNA) methodology to create whole genome data from historical samples using high-throughput sequencing.  The long-term genomic perspective generated by these data will be used as a basis for advanced statistical modelling aimed to infer detailed knowledge on the spatiotemporal connectivity of Atlantic cod populations. This PhD-project will be tightly linked to an already ongoing project – the Aqua Genome project ( – where one of the major undertakings is to sequence 1000 Atlantic cod genomes from a variety of locations and populations.  The study will derive fundamental biological knowledge with broad management implications, for instance aiding the development of optimal management strategies and sustainable fisheries.

Application deadline: 4 December, 2015

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