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Aquaculture Environment Interactions Post-Doc and PHD positions

Contact Name: Raymond Bannister
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Status: Closed

The Institute of Marine Research is one of Europe’s largest centres of marine research. We have a staff of around 750 and a wide range of research

facilities and laboratories of high international standard. The Institute owns and operates six research vessels. Our main offices are in Bergen, and

we have a department in Tromsø and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen.

Two Post-Docs and 1 PhD position within aquaculture environment interactions:

Benthic impacts of organic and inorganic enrichment (Mrk.13-14)

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has two, 3-year postdoctoral researcher positions and one, 3-year PhD position available to investigate the

environmental interactions of Atlantic salmon farming with marine benthic ecosystems in Norway. The vacant positions will be located within the

research group “Benthic Resources and Processes”. Starting date: January 2015

These positions are part of a “strategic initiative” funded through the Norwegian Research Council on “Environmental responses to aquaculture

(ERA)”. The strategic initiative is coordinated by IMR and will be located in Bergen, Norway. The main goal of the project is to increase our scientific

knowledge base on the impacts of aquaculture effluents on the structure and functioning of coastal ecosystems. Knowledge developed in this project

will enable both Norwegian and international authorities to manage the development of aquaculture activities in coastal regions of the Northern


The successful candidates will work together in an extensive and dynamic team of national and international scientists, and the industry to explore the

impacts of increased organic and inorganic enrichment from marine finfish farming on the structure and functioning of mixed, hard bottom and sandy

sediment systems. This project will aim to establish a “toolbox” of novel tracing techniques to unequivocally establish the origin of organic and

inorganic effluents in ecosystems and associated biota. These tracing techniques will be combined with ecosystem studies to elucidate the interactions

of these effluents on the structure and functioning of benthic ecosystems. This information will be applied to predictive models to estimate deposition

and accumulation of fish farming effluents and to predicted benthic impacts.

Postdoctoral positions: We seek two creative and highly motivated postdoctoral researchers who will lead and conduct research related to the effects of

large scale marine fin fish aquaculture on coastal benthic ecosystems. Ideally, we are searching for one candidate with a strong background in

“biochemical tracers” and one candidate with a strong background in “benthic impacts” from fish farming. In addition, the candidates should possess a

number of the following skills/experiences:

PhD in Marine Ecology or related discipline

Experience working with benthic fauna and/or flora (including taxonomic identification)

Experience with fatty acid, stable isotope analysis and/or other biochemical traces

Demonstrated experience with depositional modelling and predicting benthic impacts

Knowledge and experience working with physiology of marine organisms

Documented knowledge of both univariate and multivariate statistical analyses

The ability to work and conduct research at sea and in remote locations

Excellent communication skills and a team orientated focus are also desirable

PhD position: We seek a motivated and hardworking candidate, with a high level of understanding of ecology of coastal benthic communities. The

candidate should have good knowledge on the identification of marine species and preferably both fauna and flora species in Norwegian waters. The

majority of the PhD work will be performed in habitats like kelp forests, therefore, it is an advantage to have worked in these habitats previously.

The successful candidate should also possess the following skills:

Master degree or equivalent in Marine Ecology/Marine Biology

Taxonomic skills for coastal benthic biota

Ability to work at sea and in remote locations

Able to work independently and in a team

Experience working with aquaculture related environmental issues

In addition to the practical work related to the experiments, the postdoctoral and PhD candidates are expected to publish their findings in international

peer reviewed journals, attend and present their research at international conferences and also strengthen national and international collaborative

research activities within this field.

What we offer:

A challenging and creative working environment

Work at a national institute with extensive international contacts

A good working environment

Flexible working hours, good pensions and welfare schemes

The position as post doctor (code 1352) and PhD (code 1017) are paid in accordance with the civil service pay scale. For more information, please

contact the project leader Raymond Bannister: (+47 40249851) and/or the head of the research group Carsten Hvingel:

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The Institute of Marine Research is an Inclusive Workplace (IW) enterprise that wishes to ensure diversity in its workforce, and we are an equal

opportunity employer. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy.

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be left off the list of applicants. Applicants will

be notified about this in advance. Please apply through the link at this site (, enclosing a cover letter, full CV, copies of relevant

recommendations and academic transcripts together with a set of relevant publications.

Final date for applications: 10th of September 2014.