Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Marine Ecology

Project description – “Changing response of exploited fish stocks to climate change”

Recent work has shown that exploitation can affect the response of fish stocks to their environment, an issue of key importance in the current context of (a) climate change, and (b) over-exploitation of marine resources. This project aims to develop theoretical predictions describing the expected patterns of variations of fish populations based on these two influences, which will then be used as hypotheses to be tested on marine fish-stock species through time-series data and population assessments. This position is through the University of Oslo, but the work will be done in close collaboration with Professors Louis Botsford and Alan Hastings at UC Davis, who developed a suitable framework for such an approach. This is a 24 month position with a minimum of 18 months working at UC Davis.


We are seeking a researcher who has completed a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in fisheries biology or ecology, with a focus on ecological or evolutionary questions. The announced position involves development of new theoretical predictions to investigate current and future patterns of fish population dynamics and the application of these, in the form of hypotheses, on marine fish stock data or populations. An interest in, or ability to learn, mathematics and computational approaches and modelling skills are essential. Applicants must possess an understanding of different modelling approaches and tools used in fisheries biology and the ability to learn to utilize them effectively. An interest in fundamental research and the proven ability to communicate and work within a multidisciplinary team are essential. As a NorMER postdoc, we seek a researcher very familiar with important research issues across Nordic marine systems, and with the various research groups, and their strengths, within the Nordic region. Project development and leadership skills are critical.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions.


A good command of English is required.

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person we seek
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records, letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to 5 academic work that applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Salary (applicable for the University of Oslo)
Pay Grade: 57-65 (NOK 468 400 -533 000 per year, depending on qualifications)

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or would like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact.

For full posting and to apply see the UiO easyrecruit pages.


Gry Gundersen
Published Dec. 3, 2012 2:14 PM - Last modified Dec. 7, 2012 11:28 AM