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PhD candidate on the project „Combining skills to identify the «Sweet Spot» to solve marine plastic pollution in Norway“ (Trondheim, Norway)

NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

About the position

We are looking for a qualified candidate to fill a 3-year PhD position, with the possibility of an additional year for teaching and other duties, at the Department of Geography, NTNU, in a close collaboration with Department of Psychology and other NTNU departments collaborating on the project Combining skills to identify the «Sweet Spot» to solve marine plastic pollution in Norway.

We have a temporary position available at the Department of Geography for a position as a PhD candidate where the goal is an obtained doctoral degree. The position is part of the project Combining skills to identify the „Sweet Spot“ to solve marine plastic pollution in Norway  and will be one of six PhD positions connected to this project.

This project is a newly established, interdisciplinary initiative led by NTNU Ålesund where the objective is to bring forward outstanding research to build on current activities at different departments at NTNU to investigate transformative solutions to the marine plastic problem through circular economy.

The terminology “sweet spots” reflects the idea of using mutually complementing knowledge systems to build a comprehensive picture of marine plastic pollution in Norway and use this as a springboard for co-developing interventions that are eco-effective.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

This PhD-position will focus on applying knowledge from geography to coin interventions for enabling transformation in the production and consumption of plastics in Norway. The prospective candidate should be able to combine innovative and comprehensive combination of methodologies such as citizen science, geographic information systems (GIS), surveys, and spatial statistics to increase our knowledge on to what degree the accumulation of plastics along the coast depends on physical geographical characteristics such as aspect, terrain complexity, and exposure to currents and dominant wind directions. The candidate is encouraged to shape the project description according to their own strengths and further to co-develop the process with his/her supervisors and the other PhD candidates within the project.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Geography, Environmental Science, or similar education.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills, ideally supported by evidence (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)).
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program

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