Doctorado en Noruega estudiando el efecto del cambio climático en comunidades de peces ~

20 de mayo de 2024

Doctorado en Noruega estudiando el efecto del cambio climático en comunidades de peces


 Oferta compartida por Daniel Fernández en el Biogrupo

The positions will be part of CHIPOLATA, an international project aiming at a better understanding of the resilience of Lake Tanganyika’s pelagic fish stocks to potential climate change and harvesting impacts over the past 30 years. We are looking for candidates with strong interest and experience in one or more of the project themes, including foodweb ecology, climate/fisheries-induced evolution, and fisheries biology. The successful candidates will study changes in feeding habits, trophic position, trophic morphology, growth trajectories and population genetic structure over time to develop indicators for the resilience of three important fisheries targets: the freshwater sardines Stolothrissa miodon and Limnothrissa tanganicae, and the latid perch Lates stappersii. This will provide crucial insight into the ecological and evolutionary stability of the pelagic fish community. The candidates will also participate in field surveys at Lake Tanganyika, in close collaboration with local scientists and the project coordinator.

The successful applicants will be part of an international team of researchers across Europe, Africa and the USA, connected by a common interest in Lake Tanganyika and enthusiasm for discussion, creativity and diversity in research. Throughout the project, we will collaborate with local researchers, fishermen and authorities to collect fish, analyze the data, and discuss how our findings can improve fisheries management in Lake Tanganyika and elsewhere.

The positions are located at campus Bodø. The positions involve a few research stays of two to four weeks with project collaborators in DR Congo, Zambia or the USA.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Planning of and participation in fieldwork
  • Processing samples for next-generation sequencing, metabarcoding, analysis of trophic morphology, and analysis of growth trajectories
  • Bioinformatic and statistical analyses
  • Writing of high-impact research articles
  • Participation in scientific conferences and outreach events

    Qualification requirements

    Required selection criteria:

    • At the time of taking up the appointment, the candidate must have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, (aquatic) ecology or fish biology
    • Documented enthusiasm for ecological and evolutionary research questions
    • Documented experience in one of the topics linked to the project, such as foodweb ecology, the study of climate/fisheries-induced evolution or population responses to other types of anthropogenic environmental change, and fisheries biology
    • Documented experience in the analysis of biological samples and in some of the methods that are relevant for the project, such as in population genomics (including bioinformatics), metabarcoding, morphometrics, the analysis of diet data, or the analysis of growth trajectories
    • Documented experience in statistical analysis and the R language
    • Documented experience in biological fieldwork
    • Documented ability to work independently as well as in a team
    • Good oral and written communication skills in English

    Preferred selection criteria:

    • Documented experience in the coordination of biological fieldwork
    • Documented experience of fieldwork in the tropics/Africa
    • Documented experience in collaborative research projects, preferably of an international nature
    • Good oral and written communication skills in French

    We offer

    • The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, NOK 532 200,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.
    • Exciting tasks in a strong international academic environment
    • Training in a multidisciplinary research project
    • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension
    • A welcoming university sports team
    • A wealth of outdoor opportunities close to Bodø

Contact information

For further information about the position you can contact Professor Joost Raeymaekers,

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