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Three years Postdoctoral Researcher in marine environmental, carbon and biodiversity modelling

Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.

In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.

Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 31 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 165 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

About the position

As part of a new Horizon Europe project, we wish to recruit one three years Postdoctoral Researcher with an interest in Marine Protected Area network design in European seas. 

The project takes a systematic approach to network design by using spatially comparable data on marine species, habitats, and ecosystems to optimise where most biodiversity occurs. In parallel, it will qualitatively map blue carbon attributes across habitats and environments to aid prioritisation of blue carbon and model climate velocity using ocean currents. 

The position will form a core unit of the project under the supervision of one or more project leaders. It will be expected to be able to travel to other partners to aid collaboration and assist with technical reporting and related organisational and management tasks in the project.

The position has clear areas of responsibility:

  • knowledge of carbon dynamics in marine ecosystems; understanding of the biogeography of the components of marine biodiversity, including species range maps, habitat maps (as on EMODnet Habitats portal); systematic conservation planning using for example, Zonation, software

The position is full time and located in Bodø.

Associated positions to the project with whom the candidate will collaborate closely, but are employed by other project partners (for which the applicant must apply directly) will focus on the following:

  • Environmental data modelling, including ocean currents, climate change scenarios, climate velocity; skills in PCA and cluster analysis methods to classify ecosystems based on environmental variables
  • Biodiversity informatics data standards and publication (into for example OBIS or GBIF), species distribution modelling, estimating species richness
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Qualification requirements

  • At the time of taking up the appointment, the candidate should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in environmental, marine or biological sciences
  • Appropriate academic record, which proves the candidate`s ability to succeed in this challenging project, is required
  • Fluency in English 
  • First author publications in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to travel as required within Europe
  • Available to start work in early 2023 

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • The applicant’s description of motivation for doctoral work and opportunities for implementation. Relevant experience from research work will count positively

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1352) is set from level 59 NOK 544 400 – in the Norwegian State Salary Scale. 

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension
  • Creative and collegial working environment 
  • A workplace with steady progressive development 
  • Flexible working hours 
  • Active university sports team 

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an internal expert committee. Relevant applicants will be invited for an interview, trial lecture or other presentations.

The Faculty reserve the right not to hire applicants who may be scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational background or personal characteristics.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 29.11.2022.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae, including acquired knowledge and skills, and a list of publications and other scientific contributions 
  • Certified academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Names and contact details of 1-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

Refnr. 30079683

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29th November 2022

Post expires on Tuesday November 29th, 2022