Tailored opportunities: PhD fellowship in ecological modeling, University of Oslo, Norway


The Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo, announces a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship associated with the Geo-Ecology research group (GEco). GEco aims to integrate biological, ecological and geological knowledge, as well as the varying effects of human influence on nature. Towards this aim, we seek a PhD candidate to work with dynamic distribution modeling.

The PhD project will focus on the spatial dynamics of plants in relation to climate change, as a part of GEco’s collaboration with the LATICE network and the recently NRC-funded INCLINE project. Depending on the candidates’ interests and her/his match with the group and research partners, other topics in spatial dynamics may also be included in the PhD project.

We expect the candidate to take an active role in shaping the project and, accordingly, require all applicants to submit a 1-page research project sketch together with the application. The sketch shall outline a research idea for the PhD project within the broad frames given above. This sketch, which is not binding, will be used to assess the candidate’s scientific qualifications and match with GEco staff and partners and will serve as a starting point for discussing and developing the project.

The purpose of the PhD Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The position lasts for four years from the starting date, preferably May 2018 or earlier, and includes one year (25%) of compulsory work at NHM on top of the regular three years (75%) for PhD research and training. Appointment is conditional upon admission to the doctoral program of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.


A candidate with ecological expertise (Master’s degree in ecology or a related field) and excellent skills in quantitative methods (mathematics, statistics and/or informatics). The candidate is expected to be ambitious and hard-working, and willing and able to endure challenging field conditions. The candidate should demonstrate a capacity for independent work, as well as skills and desire to collaborate. Importantly, we want the candidate to match GEco and our research partners well in terms of interests, qualifications and research ideas (see GEco web page above, and Evaluation and selection process below).


Deadline for application is 11 March 2018


he application must include:

  • Application letter, explaining how the candidate fits the announced position
  • CV with education, positions and academic work
  • University transcripts
  • Research sketch (1 page – see above)

For detailed information on this opportunity and for accessing the online application portal, please visit this link or contact Professor Olav Skarpaas, primary supervisor E-mail: olav.skarpaas@nhm.uio.no

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