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PhD position in Ecosystem based Management (Norsko)

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University in Tromso

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE), UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a PhD position vacant in Ecosystem based Management. The position is attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group of Northern populations and ecosystems.

The appointment is for a period of four years.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics PhD web pages

Department of Arctic and Marine Biology includes 6 research groups. Research and teaching at AMB has a broad span, from molecular mechanisms at cellular/subcellular levels via studies of adaptations at the organismal level, to ecological interactions in aquatic and terrestrial environments. The staff counts 52 permanent scientists, 26 technicians, 9 administrative positions and 65 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians).

Further information about the position is available by contacting professor Vera Hausner,    +47 776 45905.


The position’s field of research

The PhD candidate will work with ecosystem-based management in the coastal areas of Arctic Norway. The development and growth in marine industries, including the energy sector, biotechnology, aquaculture, mineral extraction and tourism could put pressure on marine ecosystems and coastal communities. The PhD candidate will be a part of a research initiative at FRAM Centre that work to define and measure sustainability under blue growth. The Fram Centre initiative is funded by two Fram Centre projects: Ocean Health in Transition (OHiT, MIKON, 2016-18) and Sustainable Blue Growth –a Coastal Barometer for Northern Norway (Integrated Fram Centre Funding, 2017-19). In addition, BlueTrans, was recently awarded a grant from Marinforsk (NRC) for a research project (2018-2021). UiT has a leading role in this collaboration and the PhD-candidate will be a part of this collaborative team-research involving researchers from different disciplines, stakeholders and coastal communities.

The successful candidate will work with spatial tools for analyzing local priorities and ecosystem services in relation to blue growth. He/she will be involved in recruitment, data management, and spatial analysis of results from a large-scale online participatory mapping project in the coastal areas of northern Norway, where local residents will map priority areas and preferences for future development in the coastal zone. Spatial tradeoffs and future changes could be investigated by combining the results from the online participatory mapping with data on marine habitats and coastal fishing. The PhD project will contribute to research on socio-ecological systems by analyzing spatial and temporal distribution of values and human activities in relation to priority areas. The results should be relevant for ecosystem-based management of coastal zones and/or for developing decision making tools to manage protected marine habitats and fishing areas. Stakeholder engagement and dissmination is an important part of the learning goals for the PhD candidate.

Qualifications requirements

The successful applicant must fulfill the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD program, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Tromsø.

An educational requirement for the position is completion of master’s degree in biology, environmental science, natural resource management or equivalent degrees approved by the Norwegian certification authorities. The successful candidate should have some experience working with R, GIS, and ecosystem-based management or marine spatial planning tools.

Previous experience within the research field and/or with relevant methodology (e.g. participatory mapping methodologies) will be considered an advantage. The project is a collaborative endeavor including researchers from different disciplines and multiple stakeholders, and documented skills in collaborative work and dissemination is therefore preferred. Documented teaching qualifications will be considered an advantage.

Strong dedication, motivation, independence, capacity to work in teams and the ability to design and plan research will be assessed by interviews.

The successful candidate must have a good command of English language, both written and verbal. How to document languages proficiency

Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment in a PhD position; cf. Section 6 of the Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The PhD programme must be approved and the contract signed no later than six weeks after the starting date. In connection with this, the person who is appointed can receive a period of up to two month in which to submit a draft of their project description/reworked project description and a proposal of courses for the instruction component. In the event that the PhD contract is not completed within the stipulated deadline, the employer may annul the contract; cf. Section 1-3(8) of the Regulations relating to conditions of employment for positions of Postdoctoral Fellows, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant (only in Norwegian).

Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university cf. Guidelines for the PhD candidate’s duties.

The position comes with a teaching obligation in courses within the research group Northern populations and ecosystems.

A shorter period of employment may be approved if the PhD Candidate has already implemented parts of the PhD programme or when the appointment is based on previous appointments in teaching positions (PhD candidate, Research Assistant or the equivalent), such that the total time of the PhD programme is three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Sector Pension Fund will be deducted.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works.

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, from popularization and experience/education from other types of disseminationThe applicants, who assessed as the best qualified, will be called to an interview.

The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.

Applicants who invites for interview should bring original certificates and diplomas.

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It is required that application documents (mentioned below) is been enclosed in Jobbnorge before the submission deadline. It is important that the documents for considering is certified and translated into Scandinavian or English.



  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
  • diploma supplement for completed degrees
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • reference letter and contact information
  • List of works and description of these
  • The list of works shall contain the following information:
    • author(s), the work’s title
    • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages.

Works- The applicant have to attach the published or unpublished work he/she wish the Committee be take into consideration during the assessment process.


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