Job openings

  • Do you have a Master’s degree in Plant Ecology or similar, and are you interested in alpine ecology, climate change, alien species, and functional ecology? We are hiring a PhD student for 3 year to work with us in the RangeX project. Project description:  Native as well as exotic species are shifting their distributions in response to global warming and through biological invasions, many expanding their ranges across elevation gradients. But species are doing so at widely different rates, leading to a reassembly of ecological communities that could have even more profound impacts on the future of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and nature’s benefits to people. In particular, changes to species interactions in novel communities could mediate effects of climate warming on biodiversity, and on key ecosystem functions like carbon cycling and pollination, which could in turn feedback to climate warming. RangeX seeks to better understand the processes and impacts of plants that are expanding their ranges following climate warming, and to use this knowledge to inform the development of policy regarding range-expanding plant species. The project asks the following overarching questions: 1.   What processes explain variation in species’ range expansion with climate warming? 2.   How do range-expanding species impact alpine biodiversity and key ecosystem functions, and how will these impacts feed back to changing climate? 3.   Can we predict which species are most/least able to expand their ranges with climate warming, and their impact on ecosystem processes? 4.   Can better ecological understanding of range expansions be synthesised with stakeholder knowledge to improve policy and management of range expansions and biodiversity? The PhD research fellow will work especially on tasks 1 through 3. Specifically, the fellow will: Have responsibility for maintaining the Norwegian site of a replicated climate and range expansion experiment and collect plant and ecosystem-level data from this site. Lead the writing of 2-3 research papers leading to a PhD thesis focussed on this experiment. Collaborate with the international team to collect additional data from the Norwegian site, and to analyse and writing publications and synthesis across the network of sites. Have the opportunity to interact with partners across the international consortium and to engage with relevant stakeholders to codevelop synthesis and policy-relevant information about plant range expansions. Visit the job advertisement here for more details and to apply.

  • New project Durin studies the role of dwarf shrubs in our ecosystems; from species interactions to ecosystems responses and feedbacks across scales. Dwarf-shrubs (Ericaceae) are a dominant plant functional group across the boreal, arctic, and alpine biomes, where they play important roles for biodiversity, ecology and ecosystem functioning. DURIN will explore the role of dwarf-shrubs in climate responses and feedbacks across biomes and habitats, integrating plant physiology, ecology, ecosystem, and climate science. Using distributed observational systems, field experiments, and growth chamber studies; we will obtain fundamental knowledge on how climate change directly and indirectly affects this important plant functional group, and it’s ecosystem functions and services. This improved process understanding will be integrated in land surface and earth system models to understand the role and contribution of dwarf-shrubs in the feedbacks from terrestrial vegetation to the climate system. Sounds interesting? We are hiring PhD and a Postdoc to work with us!  The PhD Research Fellow will be working within WP3 (Ecosystem functioning). This WP uses field and controlled-environment experiments to study the impact of climate, and open vs. forested habitats in different environments (alpine, arctic coastal), along with the role of variation in plant functional traits and ericoid mycorrhiza association, on ecosystem functioning, focusing on carbon (C stocks and dynamics, growth, and decomposition). Apply here for the PhD position The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be working within WP2 (Species interactions), focussing on plant-mycorrhizal interactions. The position includes analysis of diversity and distribution dwarf shrub-fungal associations using DNA metabarcoding techniques, and investigation of ErM contributions to carbon dynamics by assessing decomposition processes using ingrowth bags and mycelial production via ergosterol measurements. Apply here for the Postdoc position  

  • Come work with us! We are looking for a head engineer (Overingeniør) who will work on a variety of our project-based research activities. Ongoing projects related to this position are all based at the Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group at the University of Bergen. Currently projects include TradMod, QUEST-UV, Cultivate, RangeX, Durin, BIOSPHERE and Incline. As head engineer, you will be involved in ecological field and lab work, data management, science communication, and project management. The position is now announced on JobbNorge, deadline 2. March 2022.

  • We seek a postdoc in the FUNDER project, which will assess and disentangle the direct effects of climate from the indirect effects, mediated through biotic interactions, on the diversity and whole-ecosystem functioning of the plant−soil food web. To achieve this, we use a powerful macroecological experimental approach to quantify the impacts of vegetation diversity on interactions and ecosystem functioning across factorial broad-scale temperature and precipitation gradients. The successful candidate will focus on the role of soil microorganisms (mainly bacteria and fungi) in ecosystem responses and feedbacks to climate. The work will be based around data from climate and plant functional group manipulations in a distributed field experiment, conducted with other project participants. To apply, visit the jobbnorge website. Application deadline is 22nd of January 2022.