Postdoctoral fellow in climate change impacts on alpine ecosystems
The Department of Biology (BIO - http://www.uib.no/bio/en) has a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow in climate change impacts on alpine ecosystems affiliated with the Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group (www.uib.no/rg/EECRG. The position will be linked to the project “SEEDCLIM -The role of seeds in a changing climate - linking germination ecophysiology to population and community ecology” funded by the NORKLIMA program of the Research Council of Norway.
The postdoctoral fellowship is a fixed-term position; the chief objective being to qualify the selected candidate for work in senior positions in his/her discipline. This position is for a fixed term of 4 years, of which 25% will be comprised of mandatory work, such as teaching and/or administrative tasks. It is not possible for any person to work under more than one fixed term appointment as a postdoctoral fellow for the same institution. Project/work tasks:
Qualifications and personal qualities:
- The SEEDCLIM project integrates observational and experimental approaches across broad-scale climate gradients in Norway to explore how climate, and climate change, affects alpine ecosystems across four levels of organization - from direct physiological effects via demographic responses to population and community dynamics.
- The particular questions to be addressed are flexible and depend on the successful candidate’s interest and expertise. We are open to new topics, as well as continued work on ongoing sub-projects.
- The successful candidate will play an important role in the coordination of the project as a whole and in the development of models for integrating results of the different subprojects and across organizational levels.This will give experience in collaborative research and project administration in a closely integrated project involving a cross-disciplinary research team.
Project proposal outline for the qualifying work
- You must have completed a doctoral degree or equivalent in plant or ecosystem ecology, or have submitted your doctoral thesis for evaluation before expiry of the application deadline. It is a requirement that the doctoral degree has been completed before the decision to appoint can be made.
- You must have relevant experience in plant community ecology, biodiversity, global change impacts research, and/or experimental plant ecology. Field experience and ability to work with large datasets is essential. A background in community or biodiversity analyses, statistical ecology or modelling, is an advantage.
- You must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and to demonstrate good organizational abilities and collaborative skills.
- You must be proficient in both written and oral English
The appointee, together with the project manager / head of department, shall prepare a project proposal outline for the qualifying work, which shall comprise a description of the project and a progress plan outline. It is a premise that the selected candidate will complete the project within the stipulated period of employment. We can offer:
The application must include
- a good and professionally challenging working environment
- starting salary at pay grade 57 in the Civil Service pay grade table (code 1352). Further increases will be made according to length of service in the position. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants higher salaries may be considered.
- good welfare benefits, inclusive workplace (IW)
- a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for this job
- the names and contact details of two referees
- transcripts and diplomas, or official confirmation that your doctoral thesis has been submitted
- relevant certificates/written references
- a list of publications
If your diploma, grade transcripts and other documentation are in a language other than a Scandinavian language or English, you must upload certified translations of these. Closing date for applications: 20 October 2014 General information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from:
Professor Vigdis Vandvik tel. +47 55 58 33 32/ mobile +47 473 01 794/email Vigdis.Vandvik@bio.uib.no
The successful candidate must comply with the guidelines and regulations that apply to the position.
The teaching language will normally be Norwegian, but may also be English.
State employment shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit employees of various immigrant backgrounds as well as persons with disabilities. We encourage persons with an immigrant background and persons with disabilities to apply for the position.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has requested to remain anonymous. The applicant will be notified if the request must be refused.
The University of Bergen adheres to the principle of public access to information when recruiting academic staff.
Women in particular are invited to apply. If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.