Researcher position in population ecology (seabirds)

Publisert 08.10.2019

The Department of arctic ecology at Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) in Tromsø announces a permanent position as a Researcher in seabird population ecology.

Pfoto:Svein-Håkon Ludvigsen
Pfoto:Svein-Håkon Ludvigsen

NINA is an independent research institute organized as a foundation focusing its research on the interaction between human society, natural resources and biodiversity. NINA is the largest research institute in applied ecology in Norway with about 275 employees. The main office is located in Trondheim. NINA has also research units in Oslo, Lillehammer, Bergen,  and Tromsø. The present position will be at the Department of Arctic Ecology in Tromsø. This department is a part of the Fram center  “FRAM- High North Center for Climate and the Environment”. The center includes 21 research institutions including UiT -Arctic University of Norway, Norwegian Polar Institute and Institute for Marine Research. The Fram Center institutions are gathered on interdisciplinary research, consulting, management, dissemination, natural science, social science and technology in the northern areas with about 500 employees. The Fram Center is an important arena nationally and internationally and provides input on climate-related issues.

NINA has research assignments for a wide range of clients as the Ministry of Climate and Environment, environmental management agencies at local, regional and national levels, the Research Council of Norway, industry and international organizations. Some of the research is funded with various Flagg ship programs at the Fram Center in Tromsø.

NINA strongly encourages teamwork, and the advertised position is intended to interact with our existing researchers in Tromsø but also the seabird group in Trondheim and their ongoing projects.

Research topics relevant to the position include:
• Basic population ecology
• Monitoring of seabird populations and demographic parameters
• Tracking of seabird’s area use with electronic devices (GPS and GLS)
• Analyses of long-term datasets on demography and environmental variance (including climate)
• Govern a broad range of statistical analyses including GIS

For more information about NINA and the Department of arctic ecology and our activities, reference is made to the web page https://www.nina.no/english/Home. Some of our activities in seabird research is described at http://www.seapop.no/en.

The applicants should hold a PhD in biology or equivalent and document strong research and academic competence in some or all topics mentioned above. Abilities for interdisciplinary collaboration will be considered an advantage. Emphasis will be placed on the ability of the candidate to conduct internationally competitive research, and to cooperate with different research groups at NINA and the Fram Center. The candidate’s ability to initiate projects and attract funding related to the research area is also important.
The position involves some fieldwork. Handling and instrumentation of animals require a course in laboratory animal science for research workers, Felasa C. Applicants must have, or be willing to take, this course.

Applicants short-listed for the position will normally be invited for an interview.

NINA offers:
• Salary as a researcher according to qualifications and competence
• Flexible working hours
• Solid pension and insurance systems
• Varied and interesting work in one of Norway’s leading research environments
• Good opportunities for professional development

Norway, like other Scandinavian countries, has generous rules for both maternity and paternity leave. Professional daycare for children is easily available. Furthermore, Tromsø offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life (https://www.tromsø.com/). Having a population of c. 75000, Tromsø is a small city by international standards, it has low crime rates, little pollution, and easy access to a beautiful countryside. Tromsø is home to the  most northern University of the world including 18000 students.

There will be a requirement to take up residence in or near Tromsø.

NINA has a policy objective that the staff shall reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NINA would like to increase the percentage of female scientists and will encourage females to apply. 

The application should contain:
• CV including a full list of publications with bibliographical references, and contact details for three referees.
• Testimonials and certificates.
• The most relevant publications - published or unpublished - that have relevance to the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (max 10).
• A brief description of the scientific and technological relevance of the candidate’s research. 

• Other documents which the applicant would like to present.
• If relevant, a list of projects with information on funding agency, years of duration and the funds received.

The application must be submitted in English by e-mail to siri.svendsen@nina.no.

Selected candidates will be invited to an interview. For further information, please contact Senior Researcher Kjell Einar Erikstad, mob. +47 991 56 177, kjell.erikstad@nina.no or Research Director Cathrine Henaug mob. +47 928 20 753 cathrine.henaug@nina.no

Closing date: 1.12.2019



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