2 PhDs positions at the University of Bergen

2 PhD positions are open in the Theoretical Ecology Group at the University of Bergen. The position commences on 1 January 2016

The successful candidates will work within the project “MARine MAnagement and Ecosystem Dynamics under climate change (MARmaED)” an Innovative Training Network funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (The European Union's Horizon 2020) for the period 2015-2019. MARmaED is an international and interdisciplinary network that unifies specific and complementary competences in marine sciences from Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and France to investigate how the cumulative stress from biodiversity loss, climate change and harvesting will affect Europe’s complex marine systems and the consequences for optimal resource management. The project’s main aim is to investigate how combined anthropogenic and climatic changes affect different harvested ecosystems and how management strategies can be improved to ensure sustainable exploitation and resilience. MARmaED will provide salary for 15 PhD projects.

The candidates will conduct evolutionary and life history modelling within marine ecology

The first position:

This PhD project will further develop existing life history models to study optimal harvesting under multiple stressors. It is known that fishing and climate change independently can drive evolution of behaviour and life history traits, but less is known about how these two anthropogenic drivers interact. The life history models are based in physiology, and the thesis will focus on how fishing and ocean warming together determine population dynamics and resilience. A visit of four weeks to the Danish Technical University in Copenhagen, Denmark, is planned as part of the project. The PhD will also regularly visit the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway, to learn how science is used in resource management.


The second position:

This PhD project will model key biological mechanisms that may prevent fish stocks from extending their range northwards as the ocean warms. It is commonly assumed that marine organisms will remain within their preferred thermal range, and as the ocean warms they are expected to shift their geographical distribution northwards. This PhD project will use life history modelling on two situations where other constraints may prevent northwards range shifts. The first is the increasing seasonality at high latitudes, and in particular the winter period of polar darkness during which food can be scarce or difficult to find. The second mechanism is where land masses prevent northwards migration, such as in large parts of the Mediterranean Sea. A visit of four weeks to Météo-France (Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques, Toulouse, France) is planned as part of the project. The PhD will also regularly visit the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway, to learn how science is used in resource management.

Formal requirements

1. Obligatory secondments (see above).

2. The mobility rule is that the person must not have resided more than 12
months in Finland during last 3 years. This will be counted from the
date they are selected. Compulsory national service and/or short
stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

3. Applicants need to be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent
research experience) of their career and not awarded a PhD at the time
of their (first) recruitment. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited


For further information, please contact Dr. Christian Jørgensen [ christian.jorgensen@uib.no] or consult our website at http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/117206/to-stipendiatstillingar-i-evolusjonsoekologi-klimatilpassingar. or EURAXESS

By Joel Durant
Published Sep. 10, 2015 1:48 PM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2015 10:11 AM