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Research Fellow (PhD candidate) in population ecology and population genetics

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Location: N/A

Posting Date: 8 Apr 14

Closing Date: 1 May 14

Research Fellow (PhD candidate) in population ecology and population genetics

Telemark University College currently enrols about 6500 students and employs about 680 employees. The university college has four faculties and the teaching and research activities are located at campuses in Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland. The university college administration is located at Porsgrunn.

At the Faculty of Arts and Sciences a 3-year position as Research Fellow (PhD candidate) is available in population ecology and population genetics from 1 August 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences currently has approximately 130 employees. The position is associated with the Department of Environmental and Health Studies, and is located in Bø, Telemark.

Qualification requirements

Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent in population or behavioural ecology, wildlife biology, zoology or other relevant area, and preferably with a background in population genetics.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university college’s doctoral programme in ecology. To qualify for the position, the candidate must have an average mark of B or better from the Master’s degree.

Other requirements
■The candidate should be fluent in both spoken and written English.
■A driver’s license is required for the field work.
■The candidate should be in relatively good physical condition, because most of the field work will take place in mountainous terrain, year round.
■Candidates with relevant field experience will be preferred.
■The ability to work both independently and with a team of scientists and students will be emphasized.

Information about the position

The fellowship is for a period of three years, without teaching obligations.

The PhD fellow will be part of a newly established research project on the rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in southern Norway. The main goal of the study will be to investigate how habitat isolation affects the dynamics and genetics of rock ptarmigan populations, with special emphasis on dispersal patterns, operational sex ratios, genetic structure, and the effects of climate change. Due to the effects of climate change, fragmented and isolated populations in montane areas are likely to experience great changes in their habitats in years to come, and the study should therefore contribute with vital knowledge on how to manage such populations in the future. The study is intended to be the initiation of a long-term project on the rock ptarmigan. The primary advisor will be Associate Professor Øyvind Steifetten (TUC), and secondary advisors will be Associate Professor Mona Sæbø (TUC) and Professor Emeritus Howard Parker (TUC).

Further information about the position can be obtained from Live Semb Vestgarden, Acting Head of the Department of Environmental and Health Studies (phone: + 47 35 95 27 97, e-mail: or project coordinator Associate Professor Øyvind Steifetten (phone: +47 35 95 27 89, e-mail:


The position is placed in the state salary scale 50 (code 1017, LR 20.8), currently NOK 421, 100 per annum. Further promotion will be based on service in the position. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

Additional information

The Academic Appointments Committee is responsible for appointments to academic positions at Telemark University College. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

It is an aim of personnel policy that the academic staff of Telemark University College should reflect the composition of the general population. It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition on the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds. People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

How to apply

Telemark University College uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application online by clicking on the “Send application” link to the right.

In addition to the online application, the following documentation must be submitted:
1.Complete overview of education and professional activities (CV)
2.Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas
3.Copy of master thesis
4.List of publications (if any)
5.Contact information of three references

Copies of the application, CV, diplomas, certificates and any publications (up to 10 academic works) must be forwarded in 3 complete sets (on paper) within one week of the deadline. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the submitted copies are complete. The application papers will be returned when the application process is concluded. All materials should be sent to Telemark University College, Faculty for Art and Sciences, Gullbringvegen 36, N- 3800 Bø i Telemark, Norway.

Application deadline: 1 May 2014

Reference no.: 14/395


Contact Information:

Information about the position can be obtained from Live Semb Vestgarden, Acting Head of the Department of Environmental and Health Studies (phone: + 47 35 95 27 97, e-mail: or project coordinator Associate Professor Øyvind Steifetten (phone: +47 35 95 27 89, e-mail:

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