A position as PhD Research Fellowship in Marine ecology/geology is available at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. Starting date no later than 1st October 2019.
The position is part of the research project The Nansen Legacy. The Nansen Legacy (http://nansenlegacy.org ) is the Norwegian Arctic research community's joint effort to establish an understanding of a changing marine Arctic climate and ecosystem. The project will provide a scientific knowledgebase needed for future sustainable resource management in the transitional Barents Sea and the adjacent Arctic Basin. It is a collaborative project between ten Norwegian research institutions, and will run from 2018 to 2023. Activities in the project will include international cooperation, and several cruises with the new, ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon.
The PhD project is part of Research Foci RF3 (The living Barents Sea) and RF1 (Physical drivers). RF3 focuses on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and environmental forcing of the northern and central Barents Sea. The candidate will characterize living benthic foraminifera (protists) in contrasting environments in the northern Barents Sea and adjacent slope in terms of biodiversity, abundance, biomass, distribution patterns etc. This includes analyses of how physical and chemical characteristics of the substrate and water masses may impact benthic foraminiferal community structure, possible migration patterns and abundance change of species in relation to retreating sea-ice, and identification of major drivers along a south-north transect and between seasons in high latitudes. The outcome of RF3 will be used in RF1 to interpret changes in sea-ice distribution, paleoproductivity, and related environmental conditions during the past 2 kyrs. The candidate will attend cruises, collect sediment cores for past and present-day ecological analyses, and perform experiments on trophic aspects of benthic foraminifera.
Application deadline: 15th August 2019.
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link "apply for this job". Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
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