PhD Position, Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity

Trondheim, Norway
11 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

The project is an interdisciplinary research programme that will develop tools and methods to improve the way that members of the general public collect data on what they observe in the natural world, and the way this data is used to inform us about the natural world and how it is changing. The amount of data being generated and uploaded to databased such as the Norwegian Artsobservasjoner is massive, and this and the unsystematic way the data are collected provides challenges when making inferences from the data. This project will (1) encourage citizens to collect data, (2) help scientists correctly interpret and use this data, and (3) provide information back to the citizens about how the data they have collected is being used.

The project is a collaboration between four departments at NTNU and two organisations (NINA and Artsdatabanken) that are heavily involved in the collection and use of citizen science data. Five students will be employed to work on the following topics:

  1. Tools for a Biodiversity Atlas: supervised by Prof. Steinsland at the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, with collaboration from Artsdatabanken
  2. Quality Control in Citizen Science data: supervised by Prof. Bob O'Hara the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, with collaboration from Artsdatabanken
  3. Transforming the Geography of Citizen Science: supervised by Prof. Jan Ketil Rød at the Dept. of Geography with collaboration from NINA
  4. Extending Digital Data collection in Citizen Science: supervised by Assoc. Prof. Francesca Verones at the Dept. of Energy and Process Engineering, in collaboration with NINA
  5. Transforming Ecology with Citizen Science: supervised by Prof. Anders Finstad at the Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with NINA.

For more information about the project, contact Prof. Bob O'Hara (

The candidates are expected to start in the autum 2018.

All 5 successful candidates linked to this project are expected to work and collaborate closely through the duration of the project. Sharing knowledge, experience, and research is the key to a successful result.

Deadline for applications are May 27, 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 151098
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary