Postdoctoral fellow position in biodiversity

Updated: over 1 year ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Apr 2023

23rd April 2023

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The Department of Natural History has a vacancy for a 
Postdoctoral fellow position in  biodiversity 
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About the job

Postdoctoral fellow position in identifying current biodiversity knowledge base and expanding it through participatory monitoring.

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The NTNU University Museum is looking for an energetic and ambitious postdoctoral researcher for a period of two years. The position is part of a collaboration between NTNU University Museum and The Gjærevoll Center for Foresight Analysis of Biodiversity .

The positions will be part of a larger multidisciplinary group of recruitment positions working on providing better understanding of biodiversity and how this is impacted by natural and anthropogenic drivers. The position will in particular focus on impediments in basic knowledge about biodiversity. This includes both taxonomic, spatial and temporal biases in both traditional and novel sources of biodiversity information, such as natural history collections, citizen science, or remote sensing derived products. The project will lend focus to how gaps in this knowledge base can be identified and mended by developing state of the art participatory monitoring schemes. Focal study areas and -systems will be determined in synergy with other projects at the center. 

The position is based in Trondheim with Prof. Anders G. Finstad and is part of a collaboration between NTNU University Museum and The Gjærevoll Center for Foresight Analyses of Biodiversity. 

Duties of the position
  • Assessment of current status of biodiversity knowledge in focal study area/systems, including but not restricted to; natural history collections, citizen science, monitoring, remote sensing derived measures. 
  • Based upon the assessment and upon identified needs for future knowledge, design  participation monitoring programs to mend biases and identified data gaps.
  • Take a role in the interdisciplinary collaboration within the center, and take the lead in writing relevant manuscripts.

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally strong and relevant background in ecology or related fields of research. 
  • Experience in data reviews and research on participatory monitoring topics.
  • Completion or near completion of a PhD degree. If your degree is not completed within the application deadline, you must provide documentation that completion is likely within 3 months from the application deadline.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria
  • Publications of research in recognized international journals within the field.
  • Strong quantitative background.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral English.
  • Experience from work in multidisciplinary research projects.

Personal characteristics
  • Academic team player.
  • Analytical and structured.
  • Self-driven.
  • Engaged.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 
  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment.
  • An open and inclusive work environment  with dedicated colleagues.
  • Favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund .
  • Employee benefits .

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 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

Desired start date is 01.07.2023 and the period of employment is two years.

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.

The position is subject to external funding (ta stilling til om stillinger skal være betinget av ekstern finansiering).

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 or Norwegian.

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.  

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include:

  • CV
  • Certificates for Master and Ph.D. degree (if obtained at the time of application)
  • A list of all scientific publications and other scientific work of relevance
  • Name and address of three referees 
  • Cover letter and/or statement including description of how this position fits the career plan and interests of the applicant, as well as how the you qualifies and are motivated for the position
  • In addition to the cover letter, candidates are required to submit a one-page research plan on how they intend to use their scientific background and research ambitions to address the research challenges of this position.

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well. 
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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality . 


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. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Anders Gravbrøt Finstad, telephone +47 90018546, email [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Anne Karin Henning, email [email protected]

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 23.04.2023.


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Department of Natural History

We conduct research in biogeography, biosystematics, evolutionary biology and ecology with a focus on biodiversity. The Department is responsible for developing and maintaining the Museum’s natural history collections, including the botanical garden at Ringve in Trondheim. The Department of Natural History is one of two departments at the NTNU University Museum

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