Deadline: 05 Apr 2024

Published: 02 Apr 2024

Contact: Sigurd Heiberg Espeland

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) offers a 3-year postdoctoral position as part of the NORSE (‘Biodiversity in Northern European Seagrass Meadows – drivers, responses, and resilience’) research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council and lasts over 4-year.

This project sits within IMR’s strategic initiative to build a strong centre for coastal and blue forest research within one of Europe's largest marine research institutes, and is also a collaboration that consists of seagrass ecologists in Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Finland.

Travel, fieldwork, and experimental work in different sites and field stations in these countries should be anticipated. The postdoctoral researcher will gain mentoring support, training, and networking opportunities from the leading researchers associated with the NORSE project and will have the opportunity to establish connections and advance their research career over the course of the project.

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on understanding changes in eelgrass-associated faunal biodiversity through time-series analyses of field data, as well as on understanding the effects of concurrent stressors on eelgrass-associated biodiversity and the role biodiversity plays in resilience through joint mesocosm experiments across northern Europe. The broader aim of the project is to understand the drivers of biodiversity in eelgrass meadows under changing environmental conditions, and the role of biodiversity in promoting resilience to stressors, with the overall aim to improve management, conservation, and restoration of eelgrass ecosystems.

Qualification Requirements:

For the position, the institute seeks an experienced and motivated candidate with a PhD in marine biology or ecology, with a focus on coastal ecology.

  • Ability and willingness to organise and lead field sampling and mesocosm experiments.
  • Ability and willingness to coordinate and collaborate on joint sampling and experimental activities with partners in Norway and abroad. Strong skills and experience in data management and quantitative analyses.
  • Strong publication record in international peer-reviewed journals. The working language at IMR is Norwegian. The candidate should either have a working knowledge of one of the Scandinavian languages (B1 level or similar documented level of fluency) or a willingness to develop this proficiency in Norwegian during the employment period. Language training will be offered and financially supported for candidates without documented B1 level.

Desired competencies:

In addition to the above requirements, it would be advantageous if the candidate could document:

  • research experience in seagrass, macroalgae or coastal ecology.
  • experience with fieldwork in the marine coastal environment.
  • experience with mesocosm and/or aquarium experiments. scientific working diver certification and experience, ideally some
  • training with surface supply diving or a willingness to undertake such training.
  • experience working from small boats and research vessels.

How to apply:

  • cover letter summarizing relevant skills and motivation for applying for the position.
  • complete CV
  • publication list
  • copies of maximum 5 peer-reviewed publications
  • names of at least two references
  • copies of academic degrees

Apply through the link below by the 5th of April 2024!