2 Postdoctoral Fellow positions in Underwater Noise

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
December 20, 2022
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2 Postdoctoral Fellow positions in Underwater Noise This is NTNU

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About the job

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

We have vacancies for two Postdoctoral Fellow positions in Underwater Noise at the Marine Section of the Department of Biology in the Marine Bioacoustics and Ecology Lab under the supervision of Prof. Ana Širović, jointly with other section professors. One position will have focus on the impact of operational wind farm noise on zooplankton („Zooplankton position“) and the other's focus will be on impact of noise on Atlantic salmon („Salmon position“).

The research in the Marine Bioacoustics and Ecology Lab is focused on the development and use of acoustic methods to study marine animals, including studies of ocean ambient sound and noise impacts. The two positions are funded by JPI Oceans Underwater Noise call under PURE WIND and DIAPHONIA consortia. Field and lab work will be expected as part of both projects. In addition, the postdoctoral fellows will be expected to participate in the work of their respective consortia, including interactions with multiple European partners. Expected start date for both positions is on or around 1 April 2023.

The postdoctoral fellow hired for the “Zooplankton position” will be responsible for contributing to the study of impact of operational offshore wind farm noise on zooplankton abundance, behavior, distribution, and migration patterns by conducting exposure experiments using small-scale laboratory and in-situ mesocosm approaches. The plan is to use the copepod Calanus finmarchicus, a key mesozooplankton species in the Norwegian Sea and a major prey for higher trophic levels across the North Atlantic Ocean, as a model organism using cultured and wild populations. While zooplankton experimental experience is considered essential for this position, any marine acoustics experience will be considered a plus. This position reports to Profs. Širović and Aberle-Malzahn.

The postdoctoral fellow hired for the “Salmon position” will participate in the study of the behavioral response of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar, to noise exposure within a dose-response framework to biomarker measures. The purpose of the research is to combine behavioral observations with measurements of physiological metrics of response, in the framework of a short (hours) and long-term (month) controlled exposure experiments. The focus will be on the effects of exposure on fish stress, reproduction, growth and health. Previous experience conducting fish exposure and fish physiology experiments will be considered beneficial for the position. This position reports to Profs. Širović and Finstad.

Duties of the position

Specific duties of the “Zooplankton position”:

  • Conduct experiments on the effects of operational wind farm noise on zooplankton
  • Specific duties of the “Salmon position”:

  • Conduct experiments on the effects of anthropogenic noise on the behavior and physiology of Atlantic salmon
  • Additional expected duties for both positions:

  • Participate in lab and field work as required by the project
  • Submit publications to peer-reviewed journals
  • Present research at national and international meetings
  • Participate in consortium meetings and activities
  • Advise Master's students
  • Participate in regular lab activities: lab meetings, field logistic operations, collaboration with colleagues, etc.
  • Required selection criteria
  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in marine biology/ecology/physiology/oceanography or bioacoustics
  • Solid statistical analysis experience and knowledge
  • Good track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Very good written and oral English language skills
  • Additional required selection criteria for “Zooplankton position”:

  • Experience using experimental approaches to study zooplankton in the lab and in-situ
  • Cultivation experience of plankton organisms
  • Demonstrated skills in experimental design and analyses in marine ecology
  • Additional required selection criteria for “Salmon position”:

  • Experience in conducting behavioral studies on fish in captive conditions
  • Experience in conducting fish exposure and fish physiology experiments
  • Having a certified course in laboratory animal science
  • Skilled in performing laboratory analyses
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

    Preferred selection criteria

    Preferred selection criteria for “Zooplankton position”:

  • Knowledge of mesocosm experimental protocols and setups
  • Experience in marine acoustics or fisheries acoustics
  • Experience in project management
  • Involvement in academic outreach activities
  • Preferred selection criteria for “Salmon position”:

  • Knowledge of dose-response framework
  • Experience with underwater noise measurements
  • Knowledge of Atlantic salmon farming
  • Involvement in academic outreach activities
  • Personal characteristics
  • Reliable
  • Proactive and positive attitude
  • Organized / structured
  • Self-motivated
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

    The period of employment is 2 years.

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

    After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

    If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

    The application must include:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter stating clearly which position you are applying for and describing motivation and previous experience relevant for the position
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 items)
  • Name and address of three referees
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    Working at NTNU

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway's culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.


    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact contact Prof. Ana Širović, email: [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Mari H.Hansen, e-mail: [email protected]

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 20.12.22.


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