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Subject: Ph.D. Position Available - Arctic Marine Ecology, University of Tromso


Ph.D. Position Available
Arctic Marine Ecology
University of Tromso

Application Deadline: Monday, 19 June 2006

For further information, please contact
Dr. Stig Falk-Petersen
Norwegian Polar Institute
Phone: +47 77 75 05 32

A Ph.D. position in Arctic Marine Ecology is available at the Norwegian
College of Fishery Science, University of Tromso, in collaboration with
the Norwegian Polar Institute. The position is linked to the Arctic
Marine Ecosystem Research Network (ARCTOS) science trainee school
( ).

The candidate will conduct research on marine ecosystems in fjords on
Svalbard and in the Marginal Ice Zone, with special focus on the daubed
shanny (Leptoclinus maculates) and its role in these ecosystems. Lipid
composition and its storage structures, stable isotopes for trophic
relationships, and energy transfer between lower and higher trophic
levels involving this species will be studied for different life stages
of this fish. This species have pelagic, lipid-rich larvae and becomes a
benthic dweller at soft bottoms during older stages. The physiological
changes with regard to lipids and feeding modes during the different
life stages will be studied both in the field and the laboratory.

The successful candidate will become part of the ARCTOS collaboration
between the University of Tromso, Norwegian Polar Institute,
Akvaplan-niva, and the University Centre on Svalbard. The field work
will be conducted in Svalbard waters, and the laboratory experiments at
the Arctic Marine Laboratory in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard.

Applicants should have a graduate degree in marine ecology/fisheries
biology or equivalent education with relevant course combination. It is
desirable that applicants have qualifications in lipid chemistry,
statistics, and experiments involving fish or other marine organisms.

Academically, the position will be under the Norwegian College of
Fishery Science, University of Tromso. The candidate will be supervised
by experienced researchers at the University of Tromso and at the
Norwegian Polar Institute.

An application form is available at . Applicants
need to submit a two-page, relevant project description for a potential
Ph.D. thesis on this topic as part of the application. CV, certified
transcripts and attests, named references, as well as letter of interest
need to be submitted in five copies, and reprints of papers as three
full sets.

Applications should be submitted to:
Norwegian Fishery College
University of Tromso
N-9037 Tromso

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Stig Falk-Petersen
Norwegian Polar Institute
Phone: +47 77 75 05 32

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