PhD Opportunity: Studying Marine Microplastics at the University of Agder

About the position

A position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in in Marine ecology – Microplastics in the coastal Marine environment, affiliated to the Department of Natural Sciences, for a period of three years. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is 1 January 2021 or to be negotiated with the Faculty. The marine group at the Department comprises about 20 people including professors, associate professors, Postdocs and PhD fellows. The PhD fellow will benefit from the Priority research center, Centre for Coastal Research (CCR).


The PhD fellow will have research focus on microplastics in sediments and pacific oyster” (Crassostrea gigas) in coastal Skagerrak.

As microplastics are an emerging marine pollutant it is important to understand its distribution in the marine environment and its implications on marine habitants and marine biota. What is clear is that further research on a variety of marine organisms is required to understand the environmental implications of microplastics in more detail and to establish effects in natural populations.

Required qualifications

  • Master´s degree in marine ecology. This year’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply. 
  • Written and spoken English proficiency. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency.
  • The average grade for courses included in the bachelor´s degree (or equivalent) should be C (or equivalent) or higher
  • The average grade for courses included in the master´s degree (or equivalent) should be B (or equivalent) or higher
  • The master´s thesis (or equivalent) should have a grade B (or equivalent) or higher

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with statistical programming (for instance with R)
  • Experience in fieldwork
  • Experience in laboratory activities
  • Use of IR analytical instruments

Personal qualities

Personal suitability, good communication and teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience.

Applicants will also be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and previous research and development work.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Application Deadline: 15th August 2020

For more information and how to apply, click here.

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