May 12, 2010

PhD Research Fellow in Evolutionary Genomics - University of Oslo, Norway

The CEES is a centre of excellence for integrative biological research and is well-funded. It provides a stimulating research environment, situated at the Department of Biology, with many young international and Norwegian scientists working on a variety of theoretical and empirical topics within ecology, evolution, population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, molecular biology, and statistical methodology. The CEES is chaired by Nils Chr. Stenseth and currently employs 20 faculty members, 39 postdocs/researchers, 35 PhD students and 35 MSc students. Information about the centre can be found at:

The fellowship is for a period of up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work. Starting date no later than 1 October, 2010.

Job description:

The PhD fellow will be part of an international team working on the project: “Addressing the phenotype-genotype gap using the sequenced genome of Atlantic cod: case studies of fishery-induced evolution and response to climatic change”. The project will utilize information from the cod genome project ( to address possible mechanisms for cod to adapt to a changing environment – be it either environmental or changes in the biotic components. For this purpose individuals from different cod populations will be screened for mutations and genome wide genetic variation associated with fisheries induced selection and/or climate changes.

This project will be coupled with the CEES Colloquium 2 programme, which is under development; in this colloquium we will gather a multidisciplinary group of scientists such as ecologists, population geneticists, theoretical biologists and molecular biologists, with the overall aim of improving our understanding of the relationship between the genotype and phenotype of cod.

Applicants may submit a project proposal for the qualifying work during the program. The project proposal should include research topic, main issues, as well as choice of theory and method.


Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in within fields such as genomics (i.e. genome analyses) and evolutionary/ecological biology - with a strong interest for bioinformatics.

Good communication skills and experience in team work – particularly interdisciplinary team work – will be an advantage. Experience and interest in bioinformatics will be an advantage. We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic person with the ambition to become an independent scientist through the doctoral training. The successful candidate must be prepared to spend some periods abroad at project partner’s institutions for training and cooperation.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the research training programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved plan for the research training, including a project outline, must be submitteed no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission must be approved within three months. For more information see:

A good command of English is required of all students attending the University of Oslo.


PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017), pay grade: 45-51 (NOK 355 400 – 394 200 per year, depending on seniority/qualifications)

The application must include:

Application letter
CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
List of publications and academic work that the 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.

Closing date for applications: 15 May, 2010

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

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions.
Women are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions. Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

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