Phd position

Phd-position - The migratory strategies of Atlantic lumpfish
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Phd-position - The migratory strategies of Atlantic lumpfish

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway, has a vacancy for a 3-year PhD position. The position is part of the project “Characterizing the migratory strategies of Atlantic lumpfish to improve stock assessment of this commercially important species (ECOLUMP)" funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The main objective of the project is to understand the plasticity of the lumpfish lifecycle by characterising potential subpopulations or ecotypes corresponding to different migratory strategies. The successful candidate will use an interdisciplinary approach including otolith microchemistry and stable isotope analysis to retrace the migratory history of the fish. Methods to determine age in lumpfish will also be established. Orientation cues (visual or magnetic) and swimming behavior will be investigated using telemetry and laboratory experiments. This new knowledge will be used to improve the current stock assessment methodology.

The successful candidate will be a part of the research group Ecosystem Acoustics and will be supervised by Dr. Caroline Durif, Dr. Skiftesvik and Dr. Browman at IMR and Prof. Albert Imsland at UiB. The candidate is required to start no later than April 15,  2024, and the position is contingent on successful enrolment in the PhD-program of the University in Bergen within 2 months of this starting date. The position is based at IMR Austevoll Research Station. Some experimental work will be conducted at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. Travel to Bergen for compulsory course work at the University of Bergen is required.

Required qualifications

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in biological sciences on topics relevant to this PhD project (e.g. marine biology, behavioural ecology, ecology, marine science, environmental science or fisheries biology). A non-Norwegian degree (M.Sc.-level) must correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Experience with field work
  • Experience working with fish
  • Experience with laboratory work
  • The candidate must meet the formal requirements for admission to the Ph.D. programme in natural sciences at the University of Bergen

Desired skills

  • Experience with/interest in fish behavior
  • Experience working with fish early life stages
  • Skills in image analyses
  • Strong practical, analytical and writing skills (in English)
  • Ambition to publish high-quality articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary scientific team.
  • Goal-oriented and pro-active about reporting on progress
  • The working language at IMR is Norwegian, and good communication skills in Norwegian will be beneficial for both the applicant and IMR. Language training is offered, the costs for which will be reimbursed based upon successful completion of each level.

  • Since some of the work will be carried out in France, knowledge of French will be beneficial.

We offer

  • Challenging tasks in a creative, and international working environment within one of Europe's leading marine research institutions
  • An exciting project in a strong scientific environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Public pension scheme in Statens pensjonskasse (SPK)

Inclusion, Diversity and Affirmative Action

The Institute of Marine Research welcome all qualified candidates to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, functional ability, nationality or ethnical background. We are an Inclusive Working Life Enterprise, and we aim to facilitate for applicants with disabilities. Upon receiving applications from candidates with reduced abilities, gaps in CV or immigrant background, we will invite at least one qualified candidate from each category to an interview. In order to be considered for affirmative action, certain requirements should be met, and you must specify that you wish to be considered for the action when applying.

More information

The position as Doctoral Researcher is paid in accordance with the civil service pay scale (Hovedtariffavtalen i staten/HTA) as 1017 stipendiat.

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be left off the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

For more information, please visit our website, or contact Caroline Durif (caroline.durif@hi.no),  mobile + 47 97 62 72 69. For questions about the application process, please contact Viljar Solbakken (viljar.bruknapp.solbakken@hi.no)

Applications should be submitted electronically via the link on this page and should be accompanied by:

  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Certified copies of the Master's degree diploma, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation
  • A copy of the Master thesis
  • Documentation of English proficiency if the Master thesis is not written in English
  • Copies of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes the evaluation committee to consider
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Application deadline: 07. january, 2024.


Om arbeidsgiveren

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the largest research institutes of its kind in Europe, with approximately 1100 employees and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories of high international standard. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. The IMR owns and operates eight research vessels. Our main offices are in Bergen, and we have a department in Tromsø, and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen.
The IMR's aim is to be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems, both nationally and internationally, and the whole food chain from the sea to the table. This includes the marine environment, fish nutrition, and safe and nutritious sea food.

Sauganeset 16, 5392 Storebø
Forskning, utdanning og vitenskap,
Maritim og offshore

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Caroline Durif
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Sist endret 12. jan. 2024 12:32

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