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PhD student or Postdoctoral fellow on sea survival / Postdoctoral fellow on eco-evolutionary dynamics modelling

Publisert 15.05.2018

Two positions in quantitative ecology and evolution of salmon: PhD student or Postdoctoral fellow on sea survival / Postdoctoral fellow on eco-evolutionary dynamics modelling

The Department of Aquatic Ecology at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is inviting applications for two positions: a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow position, and a Postdoctoral fellow position. Both are 3-year positions with possibilities for an extended period and/or for a permanent position in NINA.

Photo: Bengt Finstad/NINA.
Photo: Bengt Finstad/NINA.

NINA is Norway’s leading institution in applied ecological research and has approximately 260 employees. The Department of Aquatic Ecology, located in Trondheim, Norway, has more than 50 scientists, postdocs, PhD students and research assistants. More information about NINA can be found at www.nina.no.

PhD student or Postdoctoral fellow on sea survival

Research Project:
The successful candidate will work on aspects related to sea survival and will be closely connected to the project “ATLANTIC SALMON AT SEA – factors affecting their growth and survival” recently granted by the Research Council of Norway’s MILJØFORSK program. This project aims at understanding the factors underlying temporal and spatial variation in the survival of Atlantic salmon at sea. This includes environmental, developmental and genetic factors (using molecular data). The candidate will work in close collaboration with the postdoctoral fellow working on eco-evolutionary dynamics modelling (see below). The position is funded by a strategic institute initiative at NINA. We will employ either a PhD student, or a Postdoctoral fellow, dependent on qualifications of the applicants. 

More information about the ATLANTIC SALMON AT SEA project can be found at https://www.forskningsradet.no/prosjektbanken/#/project/NFR/280308/Sprak=en.

Main tasks:
• Statistical analysis of time-series data.
• Stochastic population modelling.

Academic Qualifications:
Required
• Master’s degree in biology, statistics or similar for PhD student, or PhD on the same topics for postdoc.
Desired
• Strong statistical skillset.
Experience in R programming.

Postdoctoral fellow on eco-evolutionary dynamics modelling

Research Project:
The successful candidate will be funded through the project “The effect of life-history genes on eco-evolutionary dynamics (EcoEvoGene)”, recently granted by the Research Council of Norway FRIPRO program. This project aims at understanding how the genetic basis of life-history variation affects the interplay between population dynamics and life history-evolution in a wild Atlantic salmon population. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the PhD student or Postdoctoral fellow working on sea survival.

The successful candidate will be expected to spend significant time (6 to 12 months) at University College Cork, Ireland, to work with Thomas Reed and Phillip McGinnity.

More information about the EcoEvoGene project can be found at https://www.forskningsradet.no/prosjektbanken/#/project/NFR/275862/Sprak=en.

Main tasks:
• Construct a pedigree for the salmon population in the Imsa River using high-density SNP data.
• Develop a stochastic population model for the Imsa salmon population.
• Develop an eco-evolutionary model for the Imsa salmon population.

Academic Qualifications:
Required
• PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, biostatistics or similar.
• Strong statistical skillset.
• Experience in R programming.
Desired
• Experience with stochastic matrix population models.
• Experience with estimating natural selection.
• Experience with GWAS or QTL analyses.
• Experience in C++ programming or other programming languages.
• Knowledge on quantitative genetics, stochastic population dynamics and population genetics.

General information for both positions

Personal skills:
• Ability for independent work displaying initiative and careful creative thought.
• Analytical and academic approach to research questions.
• Good collaborative/social skills.
• Applicants must be proficient in English, both written and spoken.
• Proficiency in Norwegian is not required but is advantageous.

NINA offers:
• State regulated salary levels (annual salary for PhD is NOK 459 100 to 508 800, and annual salary for postdoc is NOK 579 300 to 590 000).
• Good pension and insurance schemes.
• Flexible working hours.
• A welcoming and inspiring working environment.
• Beautiful surroundings https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/trondelag/

Candidates should submit their application with references via e-mail to siri.svendsen@nina.no, attaching scanned documentation on education, exams (including major grades), relevant experience, and a publication list. Letters of recommendation and selected scientific publications in pdf-format may also be attached. The applicants should also provide a short (max 500 words) description of the reasons why he or she is particularly suited for one or both positions. Selected candidates will be invited for interview.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background.

For more information, please contact researcher Geir H. Bolstad (+47 920 37 665, e-mail: geir.bolstad@nina.no), research director Kjetil Hindar (+47 934 66 746,  e-mail: kjetil.hindar@nina.no), or researcher Eva Thorstad (+47 91 66 11 30  e-mail: eva.thorstad@nina.no).

The application deadline is July 1st.

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