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PhD scholarship / Postdoctoral position in analysis of airborne hyperspectral images of cities

About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD or 2-year Postdoctoral position related to the use of airborne hyperspectral imaging of urban areas.

The aim of the project is to develop mapping products of urban areas automatically extracted by machine learning from aerial survey containing detailed geometric information from laser data and spectral information from hyperspectral images.

The candidate will be involved in several parts of the project and, in particular, developing a spectral library for urban materials and vegetation for input to advanced machine learning algorithms.

The project is a true teamwork with partners from the municipality (Bærum kommune), industry (Terratec) and research institutions (Norsk Regnesentral, NIBIO).

Main tasks

The candidate will use the hyperspectral laboratory at NMBU in combination with airborne hyperspectral data provided by Terratec to develop spectral libraries for typical urban materials. Advanced techniques within image and data analysis will be used to analyse the data.

Furthermore, novel machine learning and deep learning models will be applied in collaboration with Norsk Regnesentral for classification of the materials from the airborne images.

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Qualifications and skills

The successful applicant must either meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU, or have a PhD in a relevant field. The PhD programme applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria for PhD please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required academic qualifications

  • MSc degree for PhD scholarship or PhD for Postdoctoral position in physics, data science, geomatics, material science
  • Experience with image analysis and hyperspectral imaging
  • Knowledge of machine learning and deep learning algorithms
  • Good scientific writing skills
  • Good knowledge of English language – both written and oral

Desired academic qualifications

  • Experience in analyzing large multi-dimensional data sets
  • Experience from analysis of Remote Sensing data
  • Advanced computer programming skills

Required personal skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to focus and work independently as well as being a reliable team member

Desired personal skills

  • Flexible, social, and open-minded
  • Positive attitude towards challenges

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position.

  • For PhD: code 1017 PhD. Fellow, wage framework 20, salary grade 54-62. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479 600) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.
  • For Postdoctoral Fellow: code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24, salary grade 59-67 (NOK 523 200 – 605 500), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Ingunn Burud by email: ingunn.burud@nmbu.no or by phone: +47 402 19 286;  or Professor Thomas Thiis by email: thomas.thiis@nmbu.no

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: August 15th 2019

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline.

For the postdoctoral position: up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

The relevant NMBU department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within August 15th 2019. Please quote reference number 19/02961.

About REALTEK

REALTEK has 130 employees, about 1,100 students and about 60 PhD students. The Faculty offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in natural sciences and engineering in the fields of Environmental Physics and Renewable Energy, Data Science, Robotics, Building and Architecture, Water and Environmental Technology, Machine-, Process and Product Development, Geomatics and Educational Sciences.

The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.

Fakultet for realfag og teknologi

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås.

Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Deadline

15th August 2019

Post expires on Thursday August 15th, 2019

Postdoctoral tenure track position the Global Political Economy of Environment and Development

About the position

The Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM), the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), has a vacant postdoctoral tenure track position on the global political economy of the environment and development. The position is for up to six years with a possibility for a permanent position.

We are looking for candidates with demonstrated expertise at the interface between political economy, international relations, global development and the environment.

Candidates must have an interdisciplinary background and a demonstrated record in research integrating theoretical perspectives with empirical material of relevance to international relations, global development studies, and environmental studies, preferably covering and combining elements from all three.

Main tasks

The position covers research and education. Main tasks are:

  • Initiate and perform high quality research and education
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct research projects with external funding (e.g. the Norwegian Research Council, EU, ERC and/or ERA)
  • Develop, teach and administer study courses
  • Supervision of Bachelor, Master, and potentially PhD theses
  • Assume administrative duties
  • Collaboration within the department, faculty and university
  • Develop or participate in national and international networks
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Academic qualifications and skills

The applicant must have:

  • A PhD Degree in International Environment and Development Studies, International Relations, Political Economy or similar fields, defended within the five years preceding the application deadline for this position
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and conduct research across environment and development studies
  • Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, both individually and as part of a team
  • Excellence in written and spoken English 

Applicants who have completed maximum 12 months of a post doc period can apply.

The applicant should have:

  • Experiences in supervision and teaching at the University level
  • Experiences with research projects
  • Experiences with popular research dissemination and communication
  • Connections to professional networks nationally and internationally

Candidates must demonstrate basic command of one Scandinavian language as a working language. If a successful candidate is not fluent in a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment, s/he will within three years of the appointment be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

If the person appointed does not have formal competence in pedagogics, she/he is obliged to complete a course in university pedagogics within two years after appointment.

Personal skills:

  • Personal ambitions to develop and lead research and education
  • Strong commitment to excellence
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Willingness to contribute to fulfill the Department’s strategic priorities

Remuneration and information

The selected candidate will be appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow, code 1352, wage framework 24, salary grade 59-65 (NOK 523 200 – 583 900 per annum). A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointed candidate must sign a tenure track agreement and fulfil the criteria in the national regulation for tenure tracks.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Dr. Shai A. Divon, tlf: +47 67231351,  email: shai.divon@nmbu.no

General information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above.

The applicant must submit:

  • A cover letter, a complete CV, certified copies of relevant transcripts, up to five relevant scientific publications and a publication plan for the tenure track period.
  • The names and contact details for two references.
  • A draft proposal of 2000 words for a research agenda on the global political economy of the environment and development relevant to our institutional setting.
  • A draft proposal for a course suitable for master students in at least two of the master programs at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies. The proposal must include the course objectives, a course description which specifies how the objectives are to be achieved, and a course outline.

The proposed research agenda and course description are part of the assessment and does not indicate that the department will carry out the proposals should the candidate be appointed.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present certified copies of their diplomas and certificates and may be invited to give a trial lecture. Incomplete applications will be excluded from the appointment process. 

Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically.

Application deadline: August 1st 2019.

About LANDSAM

LANDSAM has 1300 students and 180 staff. It consists of five sub-units, carrying out research and education in the fields of urban and regional planning, property management and law, landscape architecture, international environment and development studies, and public health.

The faculty has eleven study programs and two research education programs. Some of these are taught in Norwegian with a national focus and others in English with an international focus. The faculty also has a strong research record with a large portfolio of externally funded research projects.

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) is a leading education and research institution in Norway, conducting world class and highly internationalized critical interdisciplinary research across the fields of International Relations, Environment and Global Development Studies, focusing on global challenges on the intersection between social and natural processes.

Noragric is organized in four research clusters on rights and power in development, climate change and agricultural development, conflict and human security, and environmental governance. It comprises 35 academic staff, 30 PhD candidates and 400 fulltime students, and is responsible for one Bachelor program, three Master programs, and a PhD program.

LANDSAM landskapsarkitektur

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås.

Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Deadline

1st August 2019

Post expires on Thursday August 1st, 2019

Postdoctoral tenure track position in interdisciplinary knowledge construction for Environmental Governance

About the position

The Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM), the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), has an open postdoctoral tenure track position in interdisciplinary knowledge construction for environmental governance. The position is for up to six years with a possibility for a permanent position.

We are looking for candidates with demonstrated expertise at the interface between society and the environment with a base in applied ecology.

Candidates must have an interdisciplinary background, including a strong record in the natural sciences, documented record in the social sciences, and work at the interface of topics such as ecological systems and services, agroecology, ecological economics, political ecology and sustainability sciences, applied to contemporary issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, sustainable food systems and the green shift.

Main tasks

The position covers research and education. Main tasks are:

  • Initiate and perform high quality research and education
  • Initiate, acquire and conduct research projects with external funding (e.g. the Norwegian Research Council, EU, ERC and/or ERA)
  • Develop, teach and administer study courses
  • Supervision of Bachelor, Master, and potentially PhD theses
  • Assume administrative duties
  • Collaboration within the department, faculty and university
  • Develop or participate in national and international networks
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Academic qualifications and skills

The applicant must have:

  • A PhD degree in ecology or similar relevant fields, defended within the five years preceding the application deadline for this position
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and conduct research across environment and development studies
  • Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, both individually and as part of a team
  • Excellence in written and spoken English  

Applicants who have completed maximum 12 months of a post doc fellowship can apply.

The applicant should have:

  • Experiences in supervision and teaching at the University level
  • Experiences with research projects
  • Experiences with popular research dissemination and communication
  • Connections to professional networks nationally and internationally

Candidates must demonstrate basic command of a Scandinavian language as a working language. If a successful candidate is not fluent in a Scandinavian language at the time of the appointment, the candidate will within three years of the appointment be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

If the person appointed does not have formal competence in pedagogics, she/he is obliged to complete a course in university pedagogics within two years after appointment.

Personal skills:

  • Personal ambitions to develop and lead research and education
  • Strong commitment to excellence
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills
  • Ability work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Willingness to contribute to fulfill the Department’s strategic priorities

Remuneration and information

The selected candidate will be appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow, code 1352, wage framework 24, salary grade 59-65 (NOK 523 200 – 583 900 per annum). A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointed candidate must sign a tenure track agreement and fulfil the criteria in the national regulation for tenure tracks.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Dr. Shai A. Divon, tlf: +47 67231351  email: shai.divon@nmbu.no

General information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above.

The applicant must submit:

  • A cover letter, a complete CV, certified copies of relevant transcripts, up to five relevant scientific publications and a publication plan for the tenure track period.
  • The names and contact details for two references.
  • A draft proposal of 2000 words for a research agenda on interdisciplinary knowledge integration for environmental governance relevant to our institutional setting.
  • A draft proposal for a course suitable for master students in at least two of the master programs at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies. The proposal must include the course objectives, a course description which specifies how the objectives are to be achieved, and a course outline.

The proposed research agenda and course description are part of the assessment and does not indicate that the department will carry out the proposals should the candidate be appointed.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present certified copies of their diplomas and certificates and may be invited to give a trial lecture. Incomplete applications will be excluded from the appointment process.

Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically.

Application deadline: August 1st 2019

About LANDSAM

LANDSAM has 1300 students and 180 staff. It consists of five sub-units, carrying out research and education in the fields of urban and regional planning, property management and law, landscape architecture, international environment and development studies, and public health.

The faculty has eleven study programs and two research education programs. Some of these are taught in Norwegian with a national focus and others in English with an international focus. The faculty also has a strong research record with a large portfolio of externally funded research projects.

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) is a leading education and research institution in Norway, conducting world class and highly internationalized critical interdisciplinary research across the fields of International Relations, Environment and Global Development Studies, focusing on global challenges on the intersection between social and natural processes.

Noragric is organized in four research clusters on rights and power in development, climate change and agricultural development, conflict and human security, and environmental governance. It comprises 35 academic staff, 30 PhD candidates and 400 fulltime students, and is responsible for one Bachelor program, three Master programs, and a PhD program.

LANDSAM landskapsarkitektur

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås.

Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply for this job

Deadline

1st August 2019

Post expires on Thursday August 1st, 2019

PhD within Optimization of spectral measurement methods for photovoltaic systems

About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD position related to Optimization of spectral measurement methods for photovoltaic systems.

The PhD study is focused on laboratory studies of the physical properties of solar cells with spectral methods as well as field studies of solar cell response in operation. The position is assigned to the Energy Physics research group.

Main tasks

PhD scholarship within Optimization of spectral measurement methods for photovoltaic systems. The PhD study is focused on laboratory studies of the physical properties of solar cells with spectral methods as well as field studies of solar cell response in operation. The position is assigned to the Energy Physics research group.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

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Academic qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level (candidates submitting MSc thesis by 15 August 2019 may also be considered). The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.
 

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications

  • Master’s degree in physics

Required personal skills

  • Ability for independent work displaying creativity  and reflective thinking
  • Analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • Good collaborative/social skills
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken (please see English language  requirements in PhD regulations at NMBU)

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow, wage framework 20, salary grade 51 (equivalent to NOK 449 400 at present) and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Terms of employment are governed by Norwegian guidelines for PhD fellowships at Universities and University Colleges.

For further information, please contact Professor Espen Olsen,  E-mail: espen.olsen@nmbu.no 

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 01.09.2019

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 01.09.2019. Please quote reference number 19/01936.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

About REALTEK

The Faculty of Science and Technology has 130 employees, about 1,100 students and about 60 PhD students. The Faculty offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in natural sciences and engineering in the fields of environmental physics and renewable energy, building and architecture, water and environmental technology, machine-, process and product development, robotics geomatics, data science and educational sciences. The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.
 

Fakultet for realfag og teknologi

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås.

Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply for this job

Deadline

1st September 2019

Post expires on Sunday September 1st, 2019

Postdoctoral fellow within statistics and applied ecology

About the position

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2-year Post Doctoral–position related to the development of Bayesian models.

The postdoctoral researcher to be hired will work primarily on project WildMap, funded by the Research Council of Norway. Project WildMap aims to cause a paradigm shift in how we quantify, understand, and communicate information about the status and future of wildlife populations. To do so, we are developing spatial capture-recapture models that allow us to map abundance, vital rates, and space-use characteristics of wildlife population. We are collaborating closely with the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. During the project we use primarily genetic monitoring data on three large carnivores – wolverine, wolf, and brown bear – collected across Norway and Sweden over nearly 2 decades.

WildMap is an international collaboration of a team of researchers from Norway (Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), France (Olivier Gimenez, University of Montpellier), and the USA (Perry De Valpine, University of California Berkeley and Andy Royle, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center).

The project’s main goals are to:

  • Overcome the computational barriers to large-scale mapping of population dynamics.
  • Identify general rules for efficient wildlife monitoring at the level of landscapes and populations.
  • Quantify spatio-temporal patterns in population dynamics and their drivers at multiple scales.
  • Generate spatially-explicit forecasts of wildlife population dynamics under alternative scenarios.

We are looking for an individual with extensive experience in Bayesian statistics. Familiarity with NIMBLE is not a requirement, but desirable. NIMBLE provides a new implementation of the BUGS model language coupled with the capability to add new functions, distributions, and MCMC samplers to improve computing performance.

One of the purposes of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. During his/her work, the postdoctoral researcher will be gaining experience and developing capacity in statistical ecology and applied wildlife management. He/she will also learn how to build and use spatially-explicit capture-recapture models and develop custom functions/samplers for Bayesian analysis using NIMBLE. To ensure acquisition of these skills, the postdoctoral researcher will be working closely with ecologists and statisticians involved in the project. He/she will also participate in several stays abroad to learn from and collaborate with project partners. A progress plan detailing milestones for the postdoctoral period will be developed during the first four weeks after employment.

The preferred starting date for the positions will be October 1, 2019, but this is negotiable.

Main tasks

As part of the project, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to:

  • Contribute to the development efficient Bayesian hierarchical models for large-scale spatial capture-recapture analysis.
  • Advance the conceptual and statistical framework of spatial capture-recapture analysis.
  • Work with large data sets (non-invasive genetic sampling, dead recovery data, observation records)
  • Build simulation models for evaluating various ecological and sampling scenarios.
  • Write articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences.
  • Collaborate with other team members (master’s students, researchers, other postdocs).
  • Take part in exchanges with collaborators in the USA and France.

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Academic Qualifications:

The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree within a relevant scientific area (statistics, mathematics, statistical ecology, biometry, or similar). The applicant must document expertise in the research subject.

Required academic qualifications:

  • Solid statistical and mathematical foundation.
  • Proven quantitative skills and extensive experience with both frequentist and Bayesian analysis.
  • Proficiency using the statistical programing language R and various R packages.
  • Programming experience (C++ or similar)

Desired academic qualifications:

  • Preferred candidates will also have several of the following:
  • Familiarity with hierarchical models, including spatial capture-recapture models and models than can integrate multiple sources of information.
  • Familiarity with demographic/population dynamic analysis
  • Familiarity with NIMBLE.
  • Experience working with large data sets.
  • Experience with GIS applications and spatial analysis
  • Proven scientific writing skills (authored one or more peer-reviewed articles involving hierarchical analysis/modeling).

Applicants will be evaluated according to the aforementioned criteria, based on information provided in the online application form and up to 3 writing examples (published articles, and/or PhD thesis) submitted with the application.

Desired personal skills

  • Interest and ability to communicate with non-statisticians.
  • Motivation to work as part of a dynamic and diverse team.
  • Interest in applying statistical concepts to answer ecological questions.
  • Independent and self-motivated

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 57-77) (NOK 504.700-741.300), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

For further information, please contact Richard Bischof

E-mail: richard.bischof@nmbu.no

Information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 1. August 2019.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

Up to 3 publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 1. August 2019. Please quote reference number 19/02622.

About MINA

NMBU comprises of 7 faculties, including the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) where the vacant professorship is located. For more information:
https://www.nmbu.no/en/about-nmbu

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) has about 200 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, nature based tourism. The faculty has ca. 600 students, and approximately 90 PhD-students. The employees of the faculty are significant participants in their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally and have a high level of scientific production. For more information:
https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/mina

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply for this job

Deadline

1st August 2019

Post expires on Thursday August 1st, 2019

PhD scholarship within applied quantitative ecology

About the position

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position related to spatial capture recapture analysis.

The PhD candidate to be hired will work primarily on project WildMap, funded by the Research Council of Norway. Project WildMap aims to cause a paradigm shift in how we quantify, understand, and communicate information about the status and future of wildlife populations. To do so, we are developing spatial capture-recapture models that allow us to map abundance, vital rates, and space-use characteristics of wildlife population. We are collaborating closely with the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. During the project, we use primarily genetic monitoring data on three large carnivores – wolverine, wolf, and brown bear – collected across Norway and Sweden over nearly 2 decades. 

WildMap is an international collaboration of a team of researchers from Norway (Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), France (Olivier Gimenez, University of Montpellier), and the USA (Perry De Valpine, University of California Berkeley and Andy Royle, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center).

The project’s main goals are to:

  • Overcome the computational barriers to large-scale mapping of population dynamics.
  • Identify general rules for efficient wildlife monitoring at the level of landscapes and populations.
  • Quantify spatio-temporal patterns in population dynamics and their drivers at multiple scales.
  • Generate spatially-explicit forecasts of wildlife population dynamics under alternative scenarios.

In a series of methodologically and conceptually connected studies, the PhD student, in collaboration with other members of the research team, will use spatially explicit capture-recapture models to address topics 2-4 listed above.

The preferred starting date for the positions will be November 1, 2019, but this is negotiable.

Main tasks

As part of the project, the PhD student is expected to:

  • Compile and work with large data sets (non-invasive genetic sampling and dead-recovery data)
  • Build hierarchical models to estimate ecological parameters.
  • Write articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences.
  • Collaborate with other team members (master’s students, researchers, postdocs).
  • Take compulsory PhD courses (30 ECTS credits)
  • Take part in exchanges with collaborators in the USA and France.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period. Shutterstock

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Academic qualifications:

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme (where 120 credits are at master’s degree level) in a relevant scientific area (e.g. ecology, wildlife biology, biometry). The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.
 

Preferred candidates will also have several of the following:

  • Proven quantitative skills and, ideally, experience with both frequentist and Bayesian analysis.
  • Familiarity with hierarchical models and experience with spatial capture-recapture analysis.
  • Familiarity with the principals and methods of population dynamics.
  • Proficiency using the statistical programing language R and various R packages.
  • Experience working with large data sets.
  • Experience with GIS applications and spatial analysis.
  • Direct experience with the collection of ecological data in the field, including non-invasive monitoring data (non-invasive genetic sampling and/or camera trapping).
  • (Co)authored at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal.

Applicants will be evaluated according to the aforementioned criteria, based on information provided in the online application form and writing examples (published article, report, and or master’s thesis) submitted with the application.

Personal skills:

  • Motivation to work as part of a dynamic and diverse team.
  • Strong willingness to work primarily analytically for the duration of the PhD project. There will be little or no field work.
  • Interest in learning and developing new quantitative methods.
  • Independence and self-motivation.

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow, wage framework 20, alt. 7. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479.600,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact Richard Bischof

E-mail: richard.bischof@nmbu.no

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 1. August 2019.

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 1. August 2019. Please quote reference number 19/02613.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

About MINA

NMBU comprises of 7 faculties, including the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) where the vacant professorship is located. For more information:
https://www.nmbu.no/en/about-nmbu

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) has about 200 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy and nature based tourism. The faculty has ca. 600 students, and approximately 90 PhD-students. The employees of the faculty are significant participants in their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally and have a high level of scientific production. For more information:
https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/mina

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

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Deadline

1st August 2019

Post expires on Thursday August 1st, 2019