Postdoc Position in Arctic Community Ecology

Trondheim, Norway
05 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

A Postdoc position is available for 2 years at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD).  

The position is funded by a grant from the FRIMEDBIO program, Research Council of Norway, and will be involved in the project “Community dynamics in a rapidly warming high Arctic: trophic synchrony in time and space (INSYNC)”, led by researcher Brage Bremset Hansen.

The research at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics is cross-disciplinary in the interface between biology and mathematical sciences, and is divided into three research areas: population ecology, evolutionary biology and community dynamics. The Postdoc position will be located in the community dynamics research area, but with strong interactions with researchers in population ecology, as well as in evolutionary biology. Further information about CBD is available at:

Job description

The aim of this Postdoc project is to test predictions of community-level impacts of climate change, using the Arctic tundra as model system. The successful candidate will lead and perform field vegetation experiments and analyse time-series data on species abundances and abundance proxies, including dendrochronological data from dwarf shrubs. Disentangling the role of direct versus indirect climate change effects in shaping temporal and spatial synchrony, within and across species and trophic levels, is a central goal of the project.

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in biology or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. Good written and oral English is required. 

The candidate must hold a PhD in biology. We are searching for a candidate that can document experience with leading field work campaigns under challenging logistical conditions, state-of-the-art time-series analysis of plants and animals, and spatiotemporal models of abundance. Experience related to climate change studies and shrub dendrochronology is also appreciated. Experience with the software R must be documented and is mandatory. 

Personal characteristics

The candidate will be involved in a network of national and international collaborators, and must therefore possess social skills.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 2 years. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Further information can be obtained from Brage Bremset Hansen, Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics, NTNU, Tel. +47 41604443, E-mail: Further information about the Centre can be found at

About the application:

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts (including certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)) and reference letters should be submitted electronically through the link at this page. 

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution. 

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number NV-39/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 18 April 2019

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Deadline 18.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Jobbnorge ID 168484