Phd position in biosystematics (Malacology) - 17/11241

University of Bergen
October 04 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen (University of Bergen, Norway) within the field of biosystematics.


About the project/work tasks:

The candidate will be working on a research project related with systematics, phylogeny, speciation, and biogeography of deep-sea organisms. The focal group is the gastropod genus Scaphander distributed worldwide. This model-group will be used to address broader questions of marine diversification and historical biogeography in the deep-sea using a combination of morphological characters and molecular phylogenetic methods.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

Applicants must have an MSc degree or equivalent education in biology. We seek a candidate ideally with experience in biosystematics of marine invertebrates and with the ability to work independently. Evaluation criteria include grades and relevance of the MSc thesis and other pertinent evolutionary biology subjects. Proven skills on fieldwork, anatomical dissection, electron microscopy, and phylogenetic analysis will be considered as strengths. Availability to carry out fieldwork abroad is a requirement.


About the PhD position:

The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years of which 25% (one full year) is work duty including teaching assistance and curation of scientific collections at the museum. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.


About the research training:

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The PhD fellow will also become a member of the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio).

A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. Application for admission to the PhD study, including progress plan for education and research, will be made together with the project advisors.

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