Norway – PhD Position in Environmental and Resource Economics, University of Oslo
The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest university with about 7,094 employees and 27,600 students. We offer interesting career opportunities and a good work environment. The university aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES)
The CEES is a centre of excellence for integrative biological research and is well-funded. It provides a stimulating research environment, situated at the Department of Biology, with many young international and Norwegian scientists working on a variety of theoretical and empirical topics within ecology, evolution, population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, molecular biology, and statistical methodology. The CEES is chaired by Professor Nils Chr. Stenseth and currently employs 19 faculty members, 45 postdocs/researchers, 32 PhD students and 30 MSc students.
PhD Research Fellow position in Economics, Ref. no. 2012/1021
The PhD fellow will be part of the project “Strengthening the adaptive capacity of institutions in fisheries” funded by The Norwegian Research Council as part of the Programme “Climate Change and its impacts on Norway”(NORKLIMA).
The position is available from August 15th for a period of 3 years.
The successful candidate will work in a research team that analyzes the feedbacks between climatic, social and ecological forces with the aim to strengthen the adaptive capacity of institutions that govern marine ecosystems, focusing on the Barents Sea ecosystem. Typical issues to be studied are:
- how informal institutions, such as social norms and cultural identity, influence behavior of individual fishermen,
- how formal institutions, such as government regulatory agencies, respond to environmental change and its effect on resource users,
- how biological complexity, such as the risk of a resource collapse induced by climate change, should be reflected in management plans.
This project will be carried out in collaboration with
- Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada;
- Stockholm Resilience Centre, University of Stockholm, Sweden;
- MARICE, Reykjavik University, Iceland;
- Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and
- University of Troms, Norway.
Thus, this project combines global insights from fisheries around the world with valuable Nordic expertise to meet challenges posed by a changing climate.
The applicant has the possibility to visit the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia for a period of 6 months to work with leading experts on global and regional effects of climate change on marine biodiversity and fisheries. The Centre has a unique database comprising distribution maps, as well as ecosystem and catch data for more than 1,000 species. Additional shorter stays abroad with other partners to acquire complementary knowledge are also possible.
We search for a candidate with qualification as
- An academic background in economics or econometrics who has a completed MSc degree (or equivalent) of excellent quality.
- Candidates must have strong quantitative skills and rigorous training in statistics or econometrics.
- Experience with STATA or other statistics software is a prerequisite.
- Further assets are strong analytical skills in the field of microeconomics, especially game theory, or familiarity with computational methods.
- Prior experience with environmental and resource economics or fisheries is an advantage, but we also welcome applicants from other economic fields.
- The applicant should have a keen interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment with scientists from different disciplines.
- We also emphasize that we are looking for a candidate with good communication skills across different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, as well as good collaborative and organizational skills.
- A good command of English is required, because this is the working language at our institute.
Admission to the PhD program
The purpose for the fellowship is research training leading to a successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission to the research training program at the University of Oslo. Due to the interdisciplinary character of this project, the candidate may either enroll in the PhD Program in Economics or in the PhD Program for the Natural Sciences (this is to be decided by the selected candidate in agreement with the project leader).
Appointment to a research fellowship is conditional upon admission to the research training program. Please note that all international students who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English.
This project will be carried out at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES); Department of Biology, in close collaboration with the Department of Economics, both at University of Oslo. CEES is a National Centre of Excellence, providing a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment with many young international and Norwegian scientists working on a variety of theoretical and empirical topics within ecology, evolution, economics, and statistical methodology. The CEES is chaired by Nils Chr. Stenseth and currently employs 16 faculty members, 43 postdocs/researchers, 32 PhD students and 30 MSc students. Additional information about the CEES can be found at www.cees.uio.no. The CEES is the coordinating member of the Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER).
- A research project at the frontier of economic science
- A highly stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment
- Salary in the range between NOK 391 100 – 448 100 per year, depending on qualifications (Pay grade 48-56)
- Favorable pension and welfare arrangements (e.g. maternity leave)
- The possibility to work with our network of partners and benefit from their expertise during stays at their institutes
The application must include:
- Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person we seek
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic experience)
- Copies of educational certificates (bachelor and master), and transcript of records
- A maximum of 2 letters of recommendation, or names and contact details of references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
- Up to 3 academic work may be included to be considered by the evaluation committee
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.
The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply. The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions. Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.
If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or would like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact: