PhD Research Fellow in Deep Sea Biology

University of Bergen
December 20, 2022
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PhD Research Fellow in Deep Sea Biology UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

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PhD Research Fellow in Deep Sea Biology

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in Deep Sea Biology at the Department of Biological Sciences. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4 th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is part of the Center for Deep Sea Research (funded by the Trond Mohn Foundation), and the candidate will be part of the Deep-Sea Biology research group

About the project/work tasks:

Population connectivity and adaptation to extreme environments are important processes driving the evolution of deep-sea fauna and may affect their degree of resilience to environmental disturbance. The project aims to investigate the distribution, connectivity and adaptations of selected fauna of chemosynthesis-based ecosystems in the Arctic. The thesis will focus on one of the most abundant species in these ecosystems; the rissoid gastropod Pseudosetia cf. griegi. The successful candidate will characterise the genetic connectivity and microbiomes of P. griegi from various locations using modern high-throughput DNA-sequencing techniques. Genomic information of host/microbes will be combined with fine-scale anatomical dissections and histology to better understand their reproductive biology and location of potential symbionts. In addition, genetic connectivity patterns will be compared with a regional biophysical model of larval dispersal to understand the effects of currents and potential barriers to dispersal on the observed connectivity pattern. As part of the research activities of the Deep-Sea Biology research group, the candidate may have the opportunity to participate on research cruises to the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.

The project will contribute to the aims of the externally funded projects DeepSeaQuence (RCN), Eco-Safe Ridge Mining (RCN) and Vent & Seep Fauna in Norwegian Waters (Artsdatabanken).

Work tasks

  • DNA extraction
  • Bioinformatic analysis of RAD sequencing data
  • Genome-centric metagenomics
  • Fine-scale anatomical dissections
  • Histological examination of reproductive structures
  • FISH-CLSM microscopy
  • Parameterization and interpretation of the dispersal model
  • Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in marine biology/zoology/bioinformatics/microbiology or other related field, or must have submitted their master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience with marine biology, and preferably with fauna from chemosynthesis-based ecosystems (vents, seeps or organic falls) is a strong advantage.
  • Experience with bioinformatics or analyses of genomic data is an advantage
  • Experience with histology, SEM/TEM or FISH-CLSM is an advantage
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

    About the PhD Research Fellow

    The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.

    The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

    About the research training

    As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

    We can offer:
  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 501 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include:
  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name
  • The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge

    General information:

    For further details about the position, please contact Dr. Mari Heggernes Eilertsen, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen (+47 48147632, [email protected]), Dr. Pedro Ribeiro, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen (+47 93916770, [email protected]) or Professor Ida Helene Steen, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen (+47 99346963, [email protected]).

    The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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    About UiB

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

    There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.


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