PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Application deadline: 31.10.2020.

PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Application deadline: 31.10.2020.

LocationTrondheim, Norway
Posted11 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period31 Oct 2020
Contract TypeFixed Term

About the position

We have a vacancy for a position as a PhD research fellow at the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

The successful applicant will work as part of an inter-disciplinary team to develop methods to aid in the understanding of the effects of water resource management on biodiversity. They will join a team working on statistical methods to apply ecological models to messy data. The project will focus on developing the statistical models to integrate different data from different sources (e.g. different surveys, and reports from citizen scientists) to model the biodiversity of Norwegian rivers and use these models to predict the impacts of resource management decisions.

You will report to Prof. Bob O’Hara (Dept. of Mathematical Sciences), with collaboration primarily from Prof. Anders Finstad (Museum of Natural History). The research fellow will also be a member of the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), a Norwegian Centre of Excellence.

Duties of the position

  • make a workflow to bring data in from a variety of sources
  • develop models, based on recent work at NTNU, to model the distributions of riverine species
  • work with other members of the project to look at the effects of water resource management, such as the effects of dams.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position’s main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in statistics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Required selection criteria:

  • ability to work in a cross-disciplinary team
  • interest in applying statistical methods to ecological problems
  • good knowledge of statistical modeling methods

Preferred selection criteria

  • experience with Bayesian methods
  • skills in hierarchical modelling
  • good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • good communicator
  • problem solver
  • ambitious and motivated for the project
  • able to develop their independence as a researcher
  • good team-worker

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The employment period is 3 years. In addition, the department might have the opportunity to offer a 4th year with teaching duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in statistics within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Bob O’Hara, email .

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2020/32765 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.10.2020.

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Mathematical Sciences 

We are Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences. The Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level.
Our aim is to meet the society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and education sector.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 31st October 2020
Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Trondheim

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