Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within global change ecology

At the Department of Biological Sciences (BIO) there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within global change ecology. The position is for a fixed term of three years, and is associated with the RangeX (Mechanisms underlying the success and impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of range-expanding species under climate change) project funded by the BiodivERsA COFUND Call on “Biodiversity and Climate Change. The project consortium involves partners from Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, and will work closely with collaborators from across the global Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN;

About the project/work tasks

Native as well as exotic Species are shifting their distributions in response to global warming and through biological invasions, many expanding their ranges across elevation gradients. But they are doing so at widely different rates, leading to a reassembly of ecological communities that could have even more profound impacts on the future of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and nature’s benefits to people. In particular, changes to species interactions in novel communities could mediate effects of climate warming on biodiversity, and on key ecosystem functions like carbon cycling and pollination, which could in turn feedback to climate warming. RangeX seeks to better understand the processes and impacts of plants that are expanding their ranges following climate warming, and to use this knowledge to inform the development of policy regarding range-expanding plant species. The project asks the following overarching questions:

1. What processes explain variation in species’ range expansion with climate warming?

2. How do range-expanding species impact biodiversity and key ecosystem functions, and how will these impact feedback to changing climate?

3. Can we predict which species are most/least able to expand their ranges with climate warming, and their impact on ecosystem processes?

4. Can better ecological understanding of range expansions be synthesised with stakeholder knowledge to improve policy and management of range expansions and biodiversity?

The postdoc in Norway will work especially on tasks 1 and 3. Specifically the research fellow will:

  • Have responsibility for setting up the Norwegian site of a replicated experiment, and collect data on plant and ecosystem effects, as well as response variables.
  • Collaborate with the international team to collect soil biota and pollinator response variables
  • Both lead and participate on creatively analysing and writing publications and synthesis across the network of sites.
  • Candidates are expected to interact closely with partners across the international consortium and to engage with relevant stakeholders to codevelop synthesis and policy-relevant information about plant range expansions.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within plant ecology, plant physiology, global change ecology, vegetation modelling, or a related field, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. PhD-students may apply if defence of the PhD-thesis is completed by January 10th 2021. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded
  • The successful candidate should have research experience within plant community ecology, plant physiology ecology, alien plant ecology, functional ecology, alpine ecosystems, and/or ecological effects of climate and environmental change.
  • Experience within relevant analyses or modelling, ecosystem measurements, fieldwork, and plant functional trait analyses is an advantage.
  • A relevant statistical or modelling background, and critical thinking and excellent writing skills are required.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Drivers licence and ability to conduct field work in alpine areas is required.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 3 years. If the appointee lacks teaching experience, or other relevant qualifications, the employment period may be increased to 3 years and 6 months. Teaching and other duties will in such cases be added to the position. (The department will fund the extra months.) The position may be extended by up to one year (maximum 4 years in total) if the appointee is granted externally financed research stays abroad. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work schedule. For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work will take place in consultation with the project/centre manager. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary at pay grade 60 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 4) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 535 200. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include

  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas. Your PhD degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree, by January 10th 2021.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (as applicable)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Vigdis Vandvik, Department of Biological Sciences, Phone: +47 4730 1794.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.


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