Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ecotoxicology University of Oslo, Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology (AQUA), Department of Biosciences Norway

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ecotoxicology


A three year position as a postdoctoral research fellow (SKO 1352) in ecotoxicology is available at the Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology (AQUA), Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo (UiO).


The position is affiliated with the research project The Nansen Legacy ( The Nansen Legacy is the Norwegian Arctic research community’s joint effort to establish a holistic understanding of a changing marine Arctic climate and ecosystem. The project will provide a scientific knowledge base 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 2018-2023. Activities in the project will include international cooperation, and several cruises with the new, ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon.


The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with 10% compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the Department). It is not possible to be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution. Startingdate as soon as possible and no later than 01.05.2018


Job/project description:


The available PD is within the subproject “Multiple stressors and sub-lethal effects of oil and contaminants in the northern Barents Sea zooplankton and fish”. This subproject comprises two main activities: i) to investigate how key Arctic zooplankton respond to multiple stressors, combinations of ocean acidification, temperature and oil components; the targeted responses are sub-lethal effects on physiology (respiration), oxidative stress coupled with membrane integrity and DNA strand breaks, as well as energy allocation, and ii) to identify sensitive life stages of Calanus sp. and ecologically relevant fish species using effect endpoints, including short-term exposure studies with Calanus sp. and cells or tissue slices from fish (lymphocytes, hepatocytes, liver slices). Sub-lethal endpoints will include biotransformation capacity and oxidative stress coupled with membrane integrity and DNA strand breaks. Exposure will be assessed using analyses of bile PAH metabolites (fish) and bioaccumulation (zooplankton).


We seek candidates that have a completed PhD-degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) in ecotoxicology or marine ecology. The successful candidate should have experience with experimental studies with marine organisms.


We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic person with the ambition to gain insight and publish papers in leading international journals. The successful candidate must be prepared to spend periods at other Norwegian institutions than UiO for training and experiments.


Through the Nansen Legacy project, dedicated interdisciplinary summer schools and intensive courses will be organized to strengthen national and international cooperation and integration of students. Furthermore, the project includes a mobility program to ensure national and international exchange.


Host institution and international partner institution:


The PD project and training will be based at the Aquatic Biology and Toxicology (AQUA), Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, in collaboration with The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norwegian Polar Institute, University of Bergen and University of Tromsø.


Toxicological research at AQUA aims to understand how organisms and ecosystems are affected by environmental changes and stressors, and how we can manage the environment and resources. Research at AQUA integrates observational and experimental field studies, laboratory experiments and analyses, as well as statistical and mechanistic modeling.


The PD will be under the supervision of Prof. Ketil Hylland and Prof. Katrine Borgå.




The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for this fellowship will be selected in accordance with this, and is expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.


We ask applicants to provide a numbered list in their application letter corresponding to these criteria, explaining whether and how they meet each point:

  1. A PhD or equivalent in ecotoxicology or marine ecology, relevant to this project.
  2. Academic qualifications (grades and relevant research experience).
  3. A background and/or strong interest in one or more of the following topics: i) ecotoxicology, ii) multiple stressors, vi) marine ecology.
  4. Strong practical and analytical skills.
  5. Ability to perform high quality laboratory and field work, chemical analyses and statistical data treatment.
  6. Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  7. Good social and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment.


The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests, and a personal assessment focusing on how you fit the description of the person we seek
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, scientific publications and other qualifying activities).
  • 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).
  • A short text that outlines the candidate´s motivation and ideas for a project within the described field of research (1-2 pages).


oreign 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.


In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.


UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.


A good command of English is required.



Position code 1352, Pay grade: NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority)


For further information please contact:

Professor Ketil Hylland, e-mail: mailto: , Phone +47 22857315

Professor Katrine Borgå, e-mail: , Phone +47 228599156

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Torunn Guttormsen, +47 22854272,

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