Research Collaboration in Sustainability
In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures.
NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided into 9 interdisciplinary projects with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each project.
In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD students in the project SusHydro – Sustainable hydropower development and reservoir management as an enabler of the renewable energy transition and an accelerator to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
About the position
We have a vacancy for a PhD position focusing on Biodiversity and Hydropower operations at the Department of Natural History, NTNU University Museum. The position will be affiliated with the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), a cross-faculty Centre for Excellence (SFF) situated at NTNU.
The position is part of a large multidisciplinary projects “Sustainable hydropower development and reservoir management as an enabler of the renewable energy transitional and an accelerator to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” funded by NTNUs sustainability commitment. The project will identify and assess impacts and trade-offs of hydropower reservoir operations across SDGs and will develop scenarios and identify opportunities for best practice for hydropower development and operation. We offer a PhD position within an international leading research environment with a scope highly relevant for career development in both basic and applied research, industry, and public sector.
This successful candidate will be employed at the NTNU Department of Natural History. The NTNU University Museum is a museum of natural history and archaeology. The Department of Natural History conducts research in biogeography, biosystematics and ecology, with an emphasis on conservation biology. The department has a long tradition in freshwater ecological research. The department has popular scientific dissemination and building and maintaining the museum’s natural history collections among its main responsibilities.
The position will focus on how hydropower development and operations impact freshwater ecosystems. Hydropower is a key to change society towards sustainability and net carbon neutral energy production. It’s the giant of clean electricity expected to double by 2050. However, hydropower operations and development can have severe impacts on biodiversity. As such, the candidate will work on topics vital for jointly solving the climate and the nature crisis.
The PhD project will study how freshwater ecosystems are impacted by hydropower development and operations across biogeographical and other environmental gradients. The aim is to enable upscaling of knowledge from local to regional inference of effects of stressors, mitigation and restoration efforts. The work will be capitalizing on novel methods of drawing multiscale inference from large-scale datasets through a state-of-the art integrated modelling framework. The study will utilize information from a variety of sources and utilize museum collections and databases on biodiversity in hydropower affected watersheds as well as in control area.
The period of employment is 3 years with the possibility of 1 year duty work upon agreement. Popular scientific dissemination to the Norwegian public is one of NTNU University Museums most important societal missions. Accordingly, the Department of Natural History offers possibilities for outreach activities as a substantial part of the work duties. For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. Publication of the project results in peer-reviewed journals is expected.
You will report to lead supervisor Professor Anders G. Finstad and Head of Department Ingrid E. Mathisen
Duties of the position
- Formulate detailed research questions together with supervisors and collaborators
- Collect and collate relevant data, and analyse with relevant tools
- Disseminate results in scientific literature, general public and relevant stakeholders
Required selection criteria
- You must have a professionally relevant background in ecology or similar
- Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
- You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
- You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program
- You must have strong quantitative analytical skills
- Excellent written and oral English language skills
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant
Preferred selection criteria
- Experience with relevant scripting languages (e.g. R) and data collation of dispatched data sets
- Working experience and knowledge of relevant ecosystems is an advantage and specializations in freshwater ecology are particularly relevant
- Passion for communicating science to a range of audiences
- Strong written and oral Norwegian language skills
- Understanding of the values and challenges in working with natural history collections and/or species occurrence data
- We offer the possibilities for a 25% extension of the PhD position (fourth year). Popular scientific dissemination to the Norwegian public is one of NTNU University Museums most important societal missions. Effective communication skills in oral or written Norwegian are therefore an advantage.
- Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research
- Self-motivated and enthusiastic
- Strongly collaborative