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We Are Currently Seeking PhDs, a Postdoc, and a Researcher

4-Year Postdoc in Ecological Modelling, Deadline 1 April
Topic: Half of the Earth's biological production takes place in oceanic and coastal areas. Development of models capturing this production and how organisms and ecosystems respond to variations in natural and anthropogenic forcing is important. Central to this postdoctoral project is to reduce the uncertainty of such models through improved characterization of biological traits and their interactions with the environmental gradients of the water column. The microbial food web is an important component, and the project will cooperate with the Marine microbiology research group (

The project is supervised by Dag L. Aksnes (email: and the workplace will be the Theoretical Ecology Group at the University of Bergen. The position is also affiliated with the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics. Application deadline is 1 April 2015.

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4-Year Researcher in Evolutionary Ecology (Modelling), Deadline 27 March

Topic: The research project which the position belongs to (Adapted heuristics and architecture: towards an understanding of personalities and phenotypic diversity), studies the architecture for decisions in animals, and effects of it. The research will focus on adaptive effects of this architecture on individuals, gene pools, and on phenotypic variation in the populations, included personality variation. The project idea is developed for pelagic fish and shall be expanded and utilised in other habitats and for other animals. The project's working method is mathematical modeling. The researcher is expected to take an active role in the activities within 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 the workplace will be the Theoretical Ecology Group at the University of Bergen. Application deadline is 27 March 2015.

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Two PhD Positions Will Be Announced Shortly

The positions belong to the project Adapted heuristics and architecture: towards an understanding of personalities and phenotypic diversity and will be supervised by Jarl Giske in collaboration with Sigrunn Eliassen and Christian Jørgensen.

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
Sigrunn Eliassen
Group Leader UiB, Professor
Øyvind Fiksen
PhD Student
Nadia Fouzai
Jarl Giske
PhD Student
Rebecca E. Holt
Group Leader Uni, Researcher
Christian Jørgensen
Adjunct Professor
Marc Mangel
Adèle Mennerat
Anders F. Opdal
Selina Våge


Forum for Marine Ecological Modelling
Jarle Berntsen
Nicolas Dupont
Solfrid Sætre Hjøllo
Group Leader IMR, Researcher
Geir Huse
Trond Kristiansen
Corinna Schrum
Morten D. Skogen
Espen Strand
Kjell Rong Utne