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We Are Currently Seeking Two PhD Students - Deadline 15 June

The PhD positions belong to the research project Adapted heuristics and architecture: towards an understanding of personalities and phenotypic diversity, which will study the architecture of decision-making in animals. The research will focus on adaptive effects of this architecture on individuals, gene pools, and on phenotypic variation within the population, included personality variation. The project idea is developed for pelagic fish and shall be expanded and utilized in other habitats and for other animals. The project's working method is mathematical modelling.

The PhD students will be taking part in the activities of the Theoretical Ecology Group. The project is carried out in collaboration with specialists in Bristol, Santa Cruz, and Berkeley. The project is led by Jarl Giske (email: and will involve also Sigrunn Eliassen and Christian Jørgensen plus a researcher to be recruited. The workplace will be the Theoretical Ecology Group at the University of Bergen. Application deadline is 15 June 2015.

You can read the whole advertisement here:

For potential Masters students

The Theoretical Ecology Groups welcomes new Masters students in all our research themes. Here is one potential topic:

You can also check our Research web page and contanct potential supervisors directly to inquire whether they will have an opening for new MSc students in the near future. The best way to make first contact is to present your background and research interests briefly in an email.

Information on application dates, housing and many other practicalities for being a Master of Science (MSc) student at Department of Biology, University of Bergen, can be found here. Most or all MSc education at the Department of Biology (and the Faculty of Science) is in English, and most MSc theses are written in English.

On becoming a PhD student

PhD studies at University of Bergen are based on employment at UiB or one of the cooperating research institutes, such as Uni Research. All PhD positions at UiB must be openly advertised. There is thus no reason to contact a TEG researcher to ask for a PhD opportunity. It is possible, however, to contact a researcher to propose a PhD project within one of TEGs research fields, for which a grant application can be submitted to the Research Council of Norway (RCN). Deadline for such applications is normally June 1, and RCN requires that the supervisor is the formal applicant. The competition within RCN is strong, with more than 90% rejection rate. Suggestion for such proposals must therefore come months before the deadline.

What do our students do after they have finished?

We have interviewed some of our students to give an idea of what life after studies can be like. Please follow this link to find out more.


Dag L. Aksnes
Sergey Budaev
Sigrunn Eliassen
Group Leader, Professor
Øyvind Fiksen
PhD Student
Nadia Fouzai
Jarl Giske
PhD Student
Rebecca E. Holt
Associate Professor
Christian Jørgensen
Adjunct Professor
Marc Mangel
Adèle Mennerat
Anders F. Opdal
Selina Våge