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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Apr 2023

28th April 2023

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Postdoctoral fellow in using environmental DNA to study population ecology in whales and sharks.
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About the position

The research group Population genetics at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has an opening for a two-year fixed term postdoc position focusing on the analysis of eDNA to be used for studying whale and shark populations. Travels and fieldwork are expected.

The workplace will be at the Institute of Marine Research in Tromsø, Norway.

About the project 

The main area of research for the position will be to develop a field, laboratory and bioinformatics method for the identification of species, individuals and population structure of marine mammals and sharks based on environmental DNA. The work will be carried out as part of an international project "eWHALE" ( ), which aims to develop methodology to streamline the monitoring of marine mammals and shark species using molecular methods. In addition to environmental DNA, the work will also involve genetic analyses of biopsy samples.

Main tasks
  • Collection of environmental DNA and biopsy samples in the field.
  • Some genetic analyses in the laboratory.
  • Optimize bioinformatic analyses based on published methods.
  • Identify genotypes from different genetic markers (e.g. microsatellite DNA, SNPs) including haplotyping.
  • Taxonomic assignment of metabarcoding data from reference databases.

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Qualification requirements
  • PhD in genetics or equivalent.
  • Documented experience in bioinformatic analysis of metabarcoding data.
  • Fluent in at least one programming language (python or similar) and/or R. 

The working language at IMR is Norwegian, and good communication skills in Norwegian will be beneficial for both the applicant and IMR. Sufficient progression in learning to speak and write Norwegian is expected during the first two years of employment. If necessary, language training will be offered, and costs incurred will be reimbursed based upon completion of the language course.


Desired competencies

  • Knowledge in population genetic analysis will be an advantage.

Personal competencies

Personal qualities such as good communication and cooperation skills, ability to work independently, efficiently and purposefully, as well as the ability to generate, implement and report project activities are emphasized.

Inclusion, diversity and affirmative action

The Institute of Marine Research welcome all qualified candidates to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, functional ability, nationality or ethnical background.

We are an Inclusive Working Life Enterprise, and we aim to facilitate for applicants with disabilities. Upon receiving applications from candidates with reduced abilities, gaps in CV or immigrant background, we will invite at least one qualified candidate from each category to an interview.

In order to be considered for affirmative action, certain requirements should be met, and you must specify that you wish to be considered for the action when applying. Please read more here .

We offer
  • The opportunity to work in one of Europe’s leading research institutions.
  • A challenging and creative work environment.
  • Facilities in the city center of Tromsø.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Public sector occupational pension through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Cabins available for rent and other welfare benefits.
  • Sport facilities.

Additional information

The Institute of Marine Research offers a government-regulated salary as 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, an excellent pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, and other welfare benefits (see for more information).

Please submit your application electronically through this site, enclosing a full CV including a list of publications, copies of relevant recommendations and academic transcripts. Please document skills and give at least two references that can be contacted.

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be exempted from the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Jon-Ivar westgaard by

Phone: +47 90 08 19 44


You can also visit our web site at .

Application deadline: 28.04.23

About us 

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the largest research institutes of its kind in Europe, with approximately 1100 employees and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories of high international standard. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. The IMR owns and operates five research vessels. In addition vi operates four research vessels owned by our collaboration partners. Our main offices are in Bergen, and we have a department in Tromsø, and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen.

The IMR's aim is to be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems, both nationally and internationally, and the whole food chain from the sea to the table. This includes the marine environment, fish nutrition, and safe and nutritious sea food.


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28th April 2023


Institute of Marine Research


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