The Department of Natural History has a vacancy for a
PhD Position in Biodiversity and Land-Use change
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Research Collaboration in Sustainability
In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all
UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and
social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is
short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without
conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures.
NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a
greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of
interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided
into 9 interdisciplinary projects with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each
In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD
students in the project Nature-based solutions for land use transitions
towards more sustainable societies.
About the position
The position is fully funded and will be a part of a larger multidisciplinary
project "Nature-based solutions for land use transitions towards more
sustainable societies", funded by the NTNU Sustainability call. The project
has following main objectives:
To quantify how land use changes affect local and regional biodiversity,
and to assess the societal costs such biodiversity losses
To provide an in-depth understanding of the societal aspects related to
land use change and biodiversity loss and identify the roles and rights of
stakeholders in defining biodiversity and nature
To develop tools to implement compensation and restoration of societal and
biodiversity costs into practical planning in order to reach the aims of
the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG).
The project involves a collaboration between the following departments at
NTNU: Department of Biology, Department of Geography, Department of Natural
History, and Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management.
This position is at the NTNU Department of Natural History. The NTNU
University Museum is a museum of natural history and archaeology and a leading
institution for collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting artefacts from
Norway and across the globe. The Department of Natural History conducts
research in biogeography, biosystematics and ecology, with an emphasis on
conservation biology. The department is responsible for building and
maintaining the museum's natural history collections, including 1,400,000
plant and animal specimens.
This PhD will focus on understanding how past land-uses and land-use changes
have impacted current and past biodiversity. This is vital in order to assess
baselines for biodiversity changes, and to forecast how current and future
changes in land-cover will alter biodiversity dynamics. Human activity has a
long history of driving land-cover changes across Norway. The successful
candidate will use a range of data types including natural history collections
(specimens and digitized metadata), spatially explicit land-cover and
remote-sensed data and species occurrence records, across decadal to centurial
timescales to investigate how past land-use changes have influenced past and
present biodiversity patterns within the county of Trøndelag in Norway.
The PhD project will:
Develop a regional-scale, spatially explicit history of biodiversity
change with a focus on the county of Trøndelag.
Investigate what land-cover transitions are most closely associated with
different elements of biodiversity loss
Develop predictions of how ongoing and future changes in land-use will
The PhD will be a part of the NTNU Sustainability project "Nature-based
solutions for land use transitions towards more sustainable societies" and the
candidate will be in close contact with PhD-candidates from other departments
at NTNU. The project will also be included as a part of the proposed Gjærevoll
centre for biological diversity and green transitions.
Full PhD education will be provided. The period of employment is 3 years with
the possibility of 1 year duty work upon agreement. For a position as a PhD
Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained
doctoral degree. Publication of the project results in peer-reviewed journals
You will report to lead supervisor Associate Professor James D. M. Speed and
Head of Department Ingrid E. Mathisen.
Duties of the position
Formulate detailed research questions together with supervisors and
Collect and collate relevant data, and analyse with relevant tools
Disseminate results in scientific literature, general public and relevant
Required selection criteria
You must have a professionally relevant background with a master's degree
in ecology or biodiversity. Specializations in biogeography, macroecology,
historical ecology or community ecology are particularly relevant.
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.
You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral
Strong quantitative analytical skills
Excellent written and oral English language skills
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the
degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in
artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and
Preferred selection criteria
Experience with relevant scripting languages (e.g. R) for handling and
analysing large datasets
Experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial
Understanding of the values and challenges in working with natural history
collections and/or species occurrence data
Working knowledge of relevant boreal ecosystems
Passion for communicating science to a range of audiences
Strong written and oral Norwegian language skills
Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research
Self-motivated and enthusiastic
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at
gross from NOK 491 200 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.
TThe period of employment is 3 years with the possibility of 1 year duty work
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in biology within three months of employment, and that you
participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
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
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
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
The application must include:
CV, certificates and diplomas
transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have
not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the
master's thesis has been submitted.
A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your
master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a
completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
Application letter setting out your motivation and suitability for the
Name and address of three referees
Publications or other relevant research work if relevant
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, both
bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher 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
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
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
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
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name,
age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested
not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact James D. M.
Speed, telephone +47 73592251, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any
questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-manager Christen
Torvik, e-mail: email@example.com.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
2021/58014 when applying.
Application deadline: 07.01.2022.
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Department of Natural History
We conduct research in biogeography, biosystematics, evolutionary biology and
ecology with a focus on biodiversity. The Department is responsible for
developing and maintaining the Museum's natural history collections, including
the botanical garden at Ringve in Trondheim. The Department of Natural History
is one of two departments at the NTNU University Museum
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