Saturday, August 16, 2008

Research Fellowship in Zoology

An up to 4 year PhD student fellowship is available at National Centre
for Biosystematics (NCB), Natural History Museum, University of Oslo.

The Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo, is the largest
of its kind in Norway with 150 employees engaged in research, teaching
and popularising the science of botany, geology, palaeontology and

The National Centre for Biosystematics (NCB)
( is a strategic, interdisciplinary
research facility at the Natural History Museum (NHM), which aims to
perform research in modern systematics and biodiversity on a high
international level. The NCB integrates research groups working on
plants, fungi and animals, which to a large extent utilize similar
molecular genetic tools in their research. The NHM has a modern DNA
laboratory with all necessary facilities

The position is connected to the project “Molecular diversity in
Scandinavian aquatic insects†. DNA barcoding (characterisation of
species based on a standardized genetic marker) is among the
prioritized research areas at the NHM. The project aims to
characterize the majority of described Scandinavian species among
selected aquatic insect groups (orders Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera,
Trichoptera and the family Simuliidae) molecularly, using DNA barcoding.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in zoology. The
purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the
successful completion of a PhD degree. When evaluating the
application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and
personal prerequisites to carry out the project. A broad practical and
theoretical background in molecular genetic methods is required. Basic
knowledge of taxonomy among the relevant insect groups is an advantage.

SykelUiO has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to
research results a.o.

Contact Person: Associate Professor Arild Johnsen, phone +4722851860,
e-mail or Research Director Fridtjof Mehlum,
phone +4722851723, e-mail A more detailed
description of the position is available at

Pay Grade: 43-47 (NOK 325,800 — 349,100 depending on qualifications
and seniority)

Application Deadline: 31 August 2008

Ref. No.: 2008/8712

To apply please send three copies of the CV, certificates of
education, names and addresses of two referees, and a covering letter
outlining relevant work experience, to the following address: Natural
History Museum, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1172 Blindern, N-0318
Oslo, Norway

An extended applicant form must be completed and submitted together
with the application. This form is available at: