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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ecology and Sustainability

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Job Information

UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics
Research Field
Environmental science
Environmental science » Ecology
Environmental science » Natural resources management
Environmental science » Other
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

The position

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has a vacant Postdoctoral Fellowship in ecology and sustainability. The position is linked to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and we are looking for a dedicated and skilled ecologist who can strengthen sustainability research and education at our department. The postdoctoral position will work with a team of researchers in the Arctic Sustainability Lab. We are specializing in interdisciplinary – and collaborative approaches in the interface between ecology, data analytics, and social science to investigate and develop solutions for sustainable, climate-resilient, and ecosystem-based management.

The group specializes in theories and analytical approaches that link ecosystems and societies to understand sustainability challenges. We work with socio-ecological analyzes using large datasets, indicators, citizen science, PPGIS and transdisciplinary research. We put weight on working together with societal actors to find strategies and solutions for a more sustainable development. We also collaborate with the 5 academic groups at AMB that work with biology.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of three years. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant can carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

 The position will additionally be assigned to teaching and related work for UiT in an amount equivalent to a maximum 25 % of a full-time employment.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB)

The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology has 5 research groups that covers a breadth of the topics relevant for biological sciences including molecular mechanisms and genetics at the cellular level, physiology, ecological interactions in land, fresh water and sea, and socio-ecological research relating to the environmental - and climate change. The institute is working with cutting edge biological research relating to biological sciences, as industrial and management-oriented research in the North. The institute provides exiting opportunities for collaboration with several institutions at the FRAM center, including NIVA, NINA, and the Institute of Marine Research, and is also extensively involved in national and international research collaboration. At AMB there are currently 56 permanent scientific employees, 12 administrative and 25 employees in technical positions, as well as 50 temporarily employed researchers, PhD fellows and technicians.

The position's field of research

The candidate is expected to participate actively in research, teaching and management of the Arctic Sustainability Lab, and will develop a unique competence in integrated systems research for coastal ecology and sustainability. The candidate should work with task relevant for AA_Agora. AA_Agora is an EU Horizon Europe project linked to the lighthouse for the management and restoration of coastal ecosystems in the Arctic-Atlantic basin. The project will establish three "transformative hubs" in Portugal, Ireland and Norway aiming to develop and implement nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based monitoring and management in close collaboration with the local community. The postdoctoral position will work with socio-ecological systems taking special responsibility for the synthesis and analysis of spatial datasets related to climate, ecosystems and society. The candidate will also participate actively in research activities linked to the co-production of knowledge and solutions together with various social actors. The candidate will collaborate and create synergies with other projects in the Arctic Sustainability Lab, including the EU Horizon Europe project GreenFeedBack where our team have the responsibility of developing arctic human footprint maps for nature-based climate solutions, and CoastShift which is funded by the FRAM center and that are developing sustainability indicators and scenarios for coastal areas.

It is expected that the postdoctoral fellow participates in teaching related to the MSc specialization in ecology and sustainability. In the Arctic Sustainability Lab, we are responsible for BIO-3021 Sustainability Science and BIO-3004 Ecosystem-based management. In addition, we have a course under development related to the management and analysis of large data sets. Supervision of MSc students related to this specialization will also be part of the postdoctoral position. In addition, relevant teaching assignments can be linked to BSc courses related to ecology and GIS or to PhD courses. It is also important that the postdoctoral position takes responsibility for the day-to-day management of the group together with the other members of the Arctic Sustainability Lab. It can be communication, data management, introductory meetings for MSc students and the like.

An explanation of the motivation for working with coastal ecology and sustainability, and a brief description of how you can build a unique competence that is relevant for research and teaching in ecology and sustainability sciences, should be enclosed to the application.


For further information about the position, please contact professor Vera Helene Hausner:


Required qualifications:

  • A PhD or equivalent in ecology or sustainability science, preferably related to coastal and marine ecosystems.
  • Strong quantitative background in analytical and statistical methods
  • Experience with GIS data and spatial analysis of complex and large datasets
  • Programming experience: R, Python or other relevant programming language
  • Excellent ability to write and communicate advanced concepts and complex analyzes relevant to ecosystem-based management and/or sustainability
  • Fluency in English 

Desired qualifications:

  • Familiarity of socio-ecological systems, ecosystem-based management or nature-based solutions
  • Experience with teamwork using interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary methods
  • Knowledge of advanced data analytical tools within machine learning and/or artificial intelligence is considered an advantage but is not a requirement

Previous work experience in similar research is advantageous, as is teaching experience in ecosystem-based management or sustainability science.

Peer-reviewed publications or other forms of merits are important for the assessment of the ability to write and communicate in the field of sustainability. The quality criteria are not the number of publications or citations, but the ability to think broadly and conceptually about complex issues.

In the assessment the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/dissemination and academic policy and administrative activity. As teaching duties or equivalent work is attached to the position, emphasis will also be attached to teaching experience and qualifications.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidate’s motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position. We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have the ability to work independently
  • Give constructive criticism
  • Have good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Wants to contribute to a good working environment

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Inclusion and diversity  

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.  

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics. 

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement  
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund  
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: 


Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • An explanation of the motivation for working with coastal ecology and sustainability, and a brief description of how you can build a unique competence that is relevant for research and teaching in ecology and sustainability sciences (3-4 pages)
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  •  Contact information to 2-3 references
  • Documentation of teaching experience and qualifications, if applicable
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview should among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s motivation and personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. 

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

UiT - Developing the high north

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners. 

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics.

The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.


Additional Information

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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N-9037 Tromsø, Norway


N-9037 Tromsø, Norway
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