ARCEx has an open PhD position in Marine Ecotoxicology at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.

  • Organisation: Department of Arctic and Marine Biology and the research group of Arctic marine System Ecology, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT the Arctic University of Norway
  • Location: Tromsø, Norway
  • Duration: 4 years temporary position
  • Application deadline: 19 June 2019

About the PhD project

The PhD project addresses the biological effects of crude oil pollution in fish species from the Barents Sea. The project will deal with biological effects on both early life stages and adults as well as short and long-term effects. Endpoints of interest will be related to adverse effects on life history traits including growth and reproduction. The scope of the PhD work will be further defined together with the successful candidate. Thus, applicants are encouraged to make suggestions in their cover letter and project description, of research approaches that could be considered as part of the PhD thesis. We seek a highly motivated candidate to conduct experiments in challenging conditions (Arctic environment, low temperature, darkness, cold seawater), but also at ease in the analytical laboratory (e.g. experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, histology) and analyzing data (statistics).

The candidate will be integrated in the Arctic Marine System Ecology group at the Institute of Arctic and Marine Biology. The candidate will also be associated to the Research Centre for Petroleum activities ARCEx ( and the ARCTOS PhD School ( at UiT and will work in collaboration with several national and international Institutions.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in ecotoxicology or marine biology
  • Background in the ecotoxicology of organic contaminants, preferably related to petroleum compounds
  • Knowledge in fish biology, experience in animal experimentation, working knowledge in statistical analyses are considered advantages
  • Advantage if the candidate has previous experience using analytical methods proposed in the PhD project, e.g. behavioral ecology, histological and immunohistochemical, molecular biology analyses
  • Fluent command of English, both written and verbal

For more information and how to apply, please refer to the full announcement.