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PhD in Ecological Genomics - Genomic impacts of fisheries induced selection in the North Atlantic

   Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

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  Prof Leslie Robert Noble  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A three-year PhD fellowship in molecular ecology is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA), Nord University Bodø, Norway. For the right candidate a four-year position, which also includes 25% teaching, supervision and/or administrative duties, may be possible.

Increasing anthropogenic disturbance of marine ecosystems is leading to loss of keystone species. Fisheries are probably the most important contemporary pressure on natural populations in the marine environment, yet supply vital protein. The selective focus of intensive commercial fisheries demonstrably alters life-history traits. You will use advanced novel genomic approaches to explore the impact of fisheries on spurdog, Squalus acanthias. This study promises unprecedented resolution of population genetics, movement patterns, population estimates, seascape genomics, and genomic footprint of over-fishing.

The position will be available from 1st of January 2024 at the Bodø Campus.

Qualification requirements

  • The candidate should have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, genetics, bioinformatics, molecular ecology, or equivalent fields, with the grade average of B or better (or equivalent score) both for the programme in total and the master’s thesis.
  • A good knowledge and practical experience in population genetics, genomic analysis, bioinformatics, and statistical analyses is required.
  • Interest and prior practical experience of molecular ecology is preferred.
  • We are looking for highly motivated, creative and ambitious applicants with an excellent academic record, and the ability to collaborate with other members of a multidisciplinary team.
  • For non-native speakers, proficiency in oral and written English is essential, documented by either the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or internationally recognized certificates.
  • The successful candidate will join the PhD program in Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete the study within the period.
  • The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements and participate in the training component stipulated in regulations of the PhD program. Application for admission to the program must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see our web page.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Themes and perspectives from the applicant's master's degree will be given weight in the assessment of candidates. Project sketch with description of project idea and plan for implementation.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • The applicant's description of motivation for doctoral work and opportunities for implementation.
  • The applicant's motivation for applying the position.
  • Relevant experience from research work will count positively.

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, NOK 532 200,- 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. 

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 suitability.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 19.11.2023.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position.
  • Description of the project idea, 3-5 pages, including the theoretical basis and intended methodology.
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications).
  • Copies of academic degree transcripts for academic degrees (both bachelor and master degree) and other relevant qualifications.
  • Other activity that is considered relevant, such as list of publications and academic work.
  • Names and contact details of 1-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
  • Signed consent form PhD (if relevant).

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.

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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, Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

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