PhD Research Fellow in Behavioral and Landscape Ecology (brown bears)

University College of Southeast Norway
Oct 24, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
Jobbnorge ID: 143281
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Salary Type

Research Fellow in Behavioral and Landscape Ecology (brown bears)

follow this link:

Application deadline: 15.11.2017

Internal ID: 17/134 , Jobbnorge ID: 143281

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as Research Fellow in Behavioral and Landscape Ecology from 01.01.18. The position is attached to the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Bø, Telemark, Norway.

Qualifications: Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications. To qualify, the candidate must have a Grade B or better on her/his MSc thesis. The applicant must have gained the degree within the application deadline.
Applicants must have qualifications in behavioral ecology, landscape ecology or other relevant areas, with a strong background in statistics, especially spatial statistics (e.g. resource selection function, step-selection function, etc.), Geographic Information Systems, and handling of large spatio-temporal data sets. The willingness to cooperate with other PhD students, postdoctoral and researchers in an international environment is essential. The candidate must master both spoken and written English. An ideal candidate should be creative, analytical, and highly self-motivated, and possess good collaborative skills.
It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral program in Ecology. The staff at the faculty work within subject teams to a large extent, and the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and cooperate. Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Information about the position: This PhD project will be carried out within the framework of the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project (SBBRP) as well as the BearConnect project. The SBBRP is one of the world’s largest and longest going large mammal projects, with >450 radio-collared and >800 captured bears since 1984. “BearConnect - Functional connectivity and ecological sustainability of European ecological networks: a case study with the brown bear” is a project funded by BiodivERsA under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET COFUND scheme. This project has a large international team of PhD students, postdocs and researchers from Norway, France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Romania.
The main goal of the proposed PhD is to evaluate the functional connectivity and factors influencing brown bear movements, effective dispersal, and distribution in Scandinavia, in relation to national management objectives. The successful candidate will use radio-telemetry and genetic data to evaluate functional connectivity and how it is affected by landscape features, including human infrastructures (e.g., roads, settlements) as well as management actions (e.g., hunting pressure). This should results in landscape resistance surfaces for movement and gene flow of brown bears in Scandinavia. We propose manuscripts on 1) Prospecting of dispersal movements and directionality of dispersal; 2) Large-scale dispersal probability and dispersal directions; 3) Comparability of natal and settlement habitats; do bears end in in the same or in different habits/areas in comparison to their birth habitat; and 4) Human-modified landscape resistance to movement and dispersal in Scandinavia based on GPS/VHF and genetic data. Publication of research results in international peer-reviewed journals is expected. The primary advisor will be Assoc. Prof. Andreas Zedrosser, and Prof. Frank Rosell from USN, Prof. Jon Swenson from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Prof. Niko Balkenhol from University of Göttingen, Germany, will be secondary supervisors. The PhD student will closely cooperate with postdoctoral students from USN and University of Göttingen. The applicant will be part of the research group Laboratory of Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology at USN.
The appointment is for a period of three years, without teaching duties.
For further information concerning the position please contact Live Semb Vestgarden, Head of the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health; phone: + 47 35 95 27 97, e-mail: or main supervisor/project coordinator Assoc. Prof. Andreas Zedrosser (phone: +47 35 95 27 65 , e-mail:

We offer: A professionally stimulating working environment.  Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills.  A good social environment.  Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan.  l Opportunity for physical activities within working hours.  

Salary : The position is placed in the state salary scale 50 (code 1017, LR 20.8). Further promotion will be based on service in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered. Code 1378 is placed in the state salary scale at levels 50-68. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

Additional information:  The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at University College of Southeast Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.
The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.
It is an aim of personnel policy that the academic staff of University College of Southeast Norway should reflect the composition of the general population. It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition on the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds. People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

How to apply: University College of Southeast Norway uses online applications. Please follow this link (or paste it into your browser) to find this application on the JobbNorge website:

We ask applicants to register their application and CV online by clicking on the “Send application”link on the right hand side of the online application form. The application must include the following documents:
1. Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university  2. Master’s thesis  3. Any scientific publications and a list of these  4. Three references (contact information)  
Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator.