Post doctoral researcher – ocean acidification effects on Arctic marine zooplankton

This position has not been filled and is being re-advertised.

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has a 3 year position as postdoctoral researcher on the effect of ocean acidification on marine zooplankton, with special emphasis on krill. The position is located in Bergen and the successful candidate will be a part of the Plankton research group.

Because of the increased solubility of CO2 in cold water, polar oceans are likely to be among the first marine environments to exhibit the effect of increased acidity (OA). The scenario of increased OA and global warming are expected to affect marine organisms in the Polar Regions and thus the structure and function of the ecosystem. In order to unravel these effects, the Institute of Marine Research will carry out laboratory experiments at Austevoll and Matre research stations, just outside Bergen, Norway.
We seek a postdoctoral researcher who will lead and conduct much of the practical work related to OA experiments on marine zooplankton with special emphasis on krill. The candidate should have academic qualification (PhD or equivalent experience) in crustacean/zooplankton ecology and have experience in conducting experimental studies, with special emphasis on rearing juvenile zooplankton. Competence on chemical analysis and calculation of seawater carbon chemistry is an essential part of OA experiments, and is also desired for this position.
The vacant position will be at the “plankton group”, placed within the Climate-fish research program at the IMR. In addition to the practical work related to the experiments, the candidate is expected to publish the findings in international peer reviewed journals, and also to strengthen national and international collaborative research activities on this field and help us resolve some key questions related to impact of elevated acidification on zooplankton, with special emphasis on krill.
We can offer:
  • a challenging and creative work environment
  • to work in a national institute with extensive international cooperation
  • a friendly and supportive work environment
  • flexible work hours, excellent benefit schemes and a competitive salary

For more information, please contact the group leader; Petter Fossum:, 0047 55 23 86 33 or visit our website

IMR is an IA-organisation that is committed to promote diversity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply. With reference to our equality act; in male dominated positions women are encouraged to apply and men are encouraged to apply in female-dominated departments.

Please note that information about applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested to be exempted from the list of applicants. Applicants will in those cases be notified in advance.

If you like to apply for this position you will need to submit your application electronically at Please remember to attach copies of relevant documents; CV, academic certificates/transcripts, references and list of publications.

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