A PhD studentship position is available at the Department of Biology.
The appointment duration is 3 years. The position is financed by the NTNU.
Job description
The theme of the PhD position is thermal biology (physiology, behaviour and evolution) of fish. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim Norway is seeking a new graduate student (PhD studentship) to research thermal biology in fish. The position starts early 2016.
As climate change is making aquatic habitats warmer, fish can respond by migration, acclimatization or adaptation, but most often combinations of these strategies. This project will investigate both the acclimatization and adaptation potential of fish to thermal challenges. The PhD project aims to fill major knowledge gaps in the field of thermal biology. The main questions that will be addressed are: Which physiological mechanisms limit thermal performance and tolerance? How adaptable are these mechanisms? What are the connections between thermal physiology and behaviour? Which physiological and behavioural traits are most important for ecological fitness in a warming world? To answer these questions the PhD student will use various physiological and behavioural measurements. The techniques will likely include in-vivo animal experiments, thermal exposures, multi-generation experiments, exercise respirometry, electrophysiology, automated behavioural analysis and more. The work will mainly be done at the well-equipped labs at NTNU, but research abroad is also likely.
Ecophysiology and the study of anthropogenic stressors, including the effects of climate change, is a priority research area at the Department of Biology. The zoophysiology research group has broad national and international research collaborations and the permanent scientific staffs are recognized as international leaders and researchers in their respective disciplines. The Jutfelt lab conducts ecophysiological research on fish at NTNU, but also abroad at locations such as Kristineberg Marine Station in Sweden, Lizard Island Research Station in Australia and Polar Regions. Further information is available at: http://bioenv.gu.se/english/staff/jutfelt_fredrik
The appointment will be made according to the general regulations regarding university employees, wage level 50, gross NOK 430 200 per year before tax. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.
More information about the position:
http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/118262/phd-position-in-fish-ecophysiology
Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Fredrik Jutfelt, Department of Biology, NTNU, [email protected]
Information about the Department can be found at: https://www.ntnu.edu/biology
The application
Applications with a short motivation text, CV, copies of transcripts, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, Master thesis, and reference letters should be submitted. List contact details to three references that you have worked with.
Applications must be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no. Application deadline: 30 November 2015; Jobbnorge-ID: 118262

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