HEDMARK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE 3 PhD positions in applied ecology

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3 PhD positions in applied ecology

HEDMARK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
Hedmark University College has around 4000 students and 500 staff organised in 4 faculties in south-east Norway: Faculty of Education and Natural Science in Hamar, Faculty of Health Studiesand Sport Sciences in Elverum, Faculty of Business Administration, Social Sciences, and Computer sciences in Rena and Faculty of Forestry and Wildlife Management in Evenstad. The administration is in Elverum. The college has begun an exciting development project with the University Colleges in Lillehammer and Gjøvik with the aim of forming an Inland University.

The Faculty of Forestry and Wildlife Management
The Faculty of Forestry and Wildlife Management is located at Evenstad in Stor-Elvdal municipality in Østerdalen, 20 km south of the municipality centre in Koppang and 40 km north of Rena. The department has around 140 students, offering studies at the bachelor level in forestry, wildlife management, eco-tourism and applied ecology. In addition the Faculty offers a master program in applied ecology. The department has its own fish hatchery and is responsible for the management of 40 km2 of forest. The University of Oslo and Norwegian Institute for Nature Research have permanent field stations at Evenstad. The faculty has 17 permanent positions with professionals working in the field of applied ecology. At the moment there are 6 PhD-students at the Faculty. In total there is over 40 staff in the department.

The department’s research is in applied ecology with the main focus on the effects of human impacts on the environment, effects of mitigation measures, sustainable use of natural resources and environmental monitoring. Much of the research activity addresses these issues within large and small game animals, carnivores, freshwater fish and forestry. 3 PHD POSITIONS IN APPLIED ECOLOGYThree 100% positions as a PhD student in applied ecology is available at Hedmark University College, Faculty of Forestry and Wildlife Management at Evenstad from April 1.2008 – March 31.2011. Please see below for a specific description of these three positions. We accept applications from any qualified person. Whoever is appointed will be based at our Faculty at Evenstad, but will be formally tied to a university in our team that is accredited to give PhDs.

General description of the projectThe position is attached to the scientific project “Extinction mechanisms in small populations: Linking theory, experiments and observational studies in a comparative setting”. The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway and Hedmark University College. In the project Hedmark University College (Harry P. Andreassen) collaborates with scientists from the universities in Oslo (Nils Chr. Stenseth), Trondheim (Bernt-Erik Sæther), Tromsø (Rolf A. Ims), Paris (Jean-François Le Galliard), Jyväskylä (Hannu Ylönen), London (E-J Milner Gulland) and Aberdeen (Xavier Lambin).

The project aims at linking population biological theory to applied ecological questions of population extinction using experimental and observational studies of several small rodent populations. This comparative approach between experimental and observational studies, between species varying in ways that may essentially affect population dynamics, and between different localities will contribute fundamentally to generalise our understanding of the processes underlying extinction processes. In total we will appoint 3 PhD-students who will work as a team in this project. The main focus for each PhD student will be: 1) Studies on experimental populations; 2) Studies on natural populations; and 3) Population viability modelling (see below).

Salary
Salary follows the State salary scale for scholarship holders, position code 1017, starting in salary step 43 which currently constitutes NOK 325.800,- gross per year. For especially qualified applicants, code 1378 can be used. In Hedmark University college scholarship holders code 1378 normally have been remunerated according to wage level 43 – 55 ( NOK 325.800 – 402.100). For especially qualified candidates, higher remuneration can be considered. Life assurance and occupational injuries insurance are included. Two per cent of wages will be deducted each month by the Norwegian State as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Questions about the position or work environment can be directed to Harry P. Andreassen, tlf. +47 62 43 08 52 / +47 92 83 12 02, or e-mail: harry.andreassen@hihm.no..

Other conditions
The national workforce should, to the greatest possible extent, reflect the diversity of the population. There is therefore a personnel policy goal to achieve a balanced age and sex composition and recruit from ethnic minority groups.

Application
Applications should be made to Hedmark University College. The application and CV should be marked with the reference number (see below) and submitted electronically on the college website: www.hihm.no/stillingledig, or on e-mail directly to harry.andreassen@hihm.no.

Do not send certificates and references with the application, we may ask for them later.

Application deadline December 10, 2007.

Specific description of the three positions

POSITION 1 (reference number: 07/1761):PHD position in applied ecology – modelling studyIn the present announcement we search for applicants that may contribute to the population viability modelling by facilitating knowledge in mathematics, statistics or information technology. Even though the present advertisement is associated to a PhD-student focusing on the theoretical aspects of the project, the PhD-student also have to contribute to the field work by sampling empirical data both in the experimental setting and in the more natural setting of observational studies.

The PhD student will develop stochastic population models for small rodent species with different life histories to achieve detailed demographic description of the dynamics of populations investigated in this research project. Hedmark University College, University of Oslo, University fo Jyväskylä and University of Aberdeen have collected population data for voles for 2 decades as part of numerous field studies. The population dynamics will be modelled using stochastic approaches to: (1) reconstruct the dynamics observed in these previous projects; (2) calibrate conditions for field experiments in this project; and (3) uncover the long term properties of experimental vole populations in this project.

Qualifications
A master`s degree in ecology, mathematics, statistics, information technology or equivalent education is required for this position. We are looking for applicants with a sound interest in biology / ecology, but with in depth knowledge in mathematics, information technology or statistics. We are searching for reliable candidates who can work independently and who also function well in this team of ours. We always emphasise personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty.

POSITION 2 (reference number: 07/1762):PHD position in applied ecology – observational studyIn the present announcement we search for applicants that may contribute to do the observational part of the project on natural populations by facilitating knowledge in field work and natural history of animals. The appointed PhD-student has to contribute to the field work and theoretical work of the two other PhD-students.

The PhD student will use the knowledge gained in the modelling of experimental populations to run improved population viability analysis of natural small rodent populations. Natural populations of several vole species with varying life history, spatial requirements and social systems will be used in this study.

POSITION 3 (reference number: 07/1763):PHD position in applied ecology – experimental studyIn the present announcement we search for applicants that may contribute to the experimental part of the project by facilitating knowledge in study design, statistics, or conservation biology. The appointed PhD-student has to contribute to the field work and theoretical work of the two other PhD-students.

The PhD student will use experimental populations of the root vole and the bank vole, small rodent species, as model systems for exploring the dynamics of small populations. Experimental populations will be established in enclosed areas at Evenstad Research Station run by Hedmark University College. During the course of the experiment, the PhD student will use longitudinal studies to obtain individual-level information on space use, reproductive success, matrilineal relationships and survival, as well as patch-level information on density, and age- and sex-structure.

Similar field protocols have been used successfully in the past at Evenstad Research Station

Application
Applications should be made to Hedmark University College. The application and CV should be marked with the reference number (see below) and submitted electronically on the college website: www.hihm.no/stillingledig, or on e-mail directly to harry.andreassen@hihm.no.

Do not send certificates and references with the application, we may ask for them later.

Application deadline December 10, 2007.
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