PhD position in Systematic Botany at the Bergen University Museum

At the University Museum of Bergen, Department of Natural History, a temporary position as research fellow is open within the field of systematic botany. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, of which 25% is work duty in the herbarium.

About the project/work tasks

The aim of the PhD-project is to improve our understanding of phylogenetic relationships within the species rich Potentilla argentea group. The project will address the role of polyploid and reticulate evolution in the group and clarify species delimitations. The work will include plant collecting in the field, molecular lab work, including the development of new markers, and phylogenetic analysis. The candidate will be a member of the research group Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution.

Qualifications and personal qualities

• The applicant must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in evolutionary biology with relevance to Systematic Botany. Thesis work must be completed and graded before the application deadline.

• Experience with molecular and phylogenetic methods is necessary.

• Experience with plant morphological studies and taxonomic work is desirable.

• Experience with next generation sequencing methods is an advantage.

• Ability to work independently and in a structured manner, and to cooperate with others is expected.

• Proficiency in both written and oral English is required.

About the research training

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree for a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. The PhD fellow will become a member of the Norwegian-Swedish research school in Biosystematics (

We can offer

• A good and professionally challenging working environment.

• A modern laboratory with diverse research activities.

• Salary at pay grade 50 upon appointment (Code 1017, NOK 430.500). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.

• Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

• A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

• Good welfare benefits.

 Your application must include

• A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

• The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.

• CV.

• Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

• Relevant certificates.

• A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

• Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Associate Professor Jenny Smedmark, phone +47 55 58 33 51 / e-mail

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply. The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified

if the request to be omitted is not met. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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