PhD Opportunity: Applied Ecology, Boreal Mammals

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences seeks a PhD candidate to focus on impacts of climate on the phenology of three boreal forest mammals. This research will be based around six years of camera trap data from the SCANDCAM project ( 

The ideal candidate will have practical fieldwork experience, as well as experience dealing with large datasets requiring skills in data handling and statistical analyses, and GIS and R statistical software skills.

Applications are due 11th October 2020.

Begin your application here.

Date published: 2020/09/16

PhD position in Applied Ecology

Exploring the effects of climate on phenology in boreal mammals (3 years)

A 100% position as a PhD candidate in applied ecology is available at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural Sciences at Campus Evenstad from 01.01.2021 until 31.12.2023.

In this project the PhD candidate will focus on impacts of climate on phenology of three mammalian species in the boreal forest, namely the mountain hare, the roe deer and the European hare. The candidate will utilizie 6 years of cameratrap data from the SCANDCAM project (, in collaboration with Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

Specifically the candidate will work with pelage moulting in mountain hares, antler development in roe deer and competitive interactions among mountain hare, European hare and roe deer, in relation to current and historical climate. The candidate may develop research questions within this project frame, depending on personal interest. Some data is ready for analysis, while some and need to be supplemented by the candidate, fileld work may also be required.

It is assumed that the preferred candidate will be enrolled in our PhD programme in Applied Ecology and Biotechnology, with workplace at campus Evenstad.

The PhD-student is expected to assist in advising MSc, BSc and practice students, and to be an active member of the Smallgame research group at Campus Evenstad.

Associate professor Simen Pedersen at Campus Evenstad (Norway) will supervise the candidate. Co-supervisors will be Professor Morten Odden (Campus Evenstad, Norway), John Odden, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Tim Hofmeester, Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Questions about the position or work environment can be directed to associate professor Simen Pedersen, e-mail: [email protected] or head of the departement Nils Kvilvang, email: [email protected]


A master degree in ecology or equivalent, with a final grade of “B” or better is required to be qualified for admission to the PhD program. The candidate will work with large datasets requiring skills in data handling and statistical analyses. Simultaneously, good knowledge of wildlife ecology and practical knowledge from field work is desired.

Candidates with previous experience from fieldwork and knowledge in wildlife ecology, GIS and R statistical software will be prioritized. Previous work with the study species/system and writing of peer-reviewed publications is considered as a important merits.

We are searching for reliable candidates who can work independently, but who will also function well in our team. We emphasize personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty. The evaluation of candidates will consider education, experience, publishing, personal traits, motivation and the qualifications required and desired in the announcement.

How to Apply

The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following:

  • Application letter
  • CV (education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and list of references
  • A complete list of publications

Applications are due 11th October 2020.

Begin your application here.

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