The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has a vacant position for a postdoctoral researcher within bioenergetics. The position will focus on the development of individual based modelling, seeking to understand environmental factors that influence production in benthic organisms at lower trophic levels. The main aims are to contribute basic ecophysiological knowledge about the organisms and to estimate carrying capacity for lower trophic aquaculture related to future scenarios for large-scale production and ecosystem impacts.
The successful candidate will be part of the Research Group for Benthic Resources and the main work place will be at the IMR research station in Austevoll (1h from IMR head office in Bergen). The candidate will also be associated with the relevant ecosystem modelling expertise in Bergen.
The position is a part of the increased IMR effort devoted to lower trophic resources in aquaculture, focusing on benthic filter feeders and macro algae. There is currently an increased focus on the use of ecological models in research, targeting processes and interactions between species and their environment and the use of models in applied science on sustainable lower-trophic aquaculture production. Individual-based models on bioenergetics and growth is a central component in this kind of modelling. The successful candidate will be part of a team working on the energetic characterization and estimation of seston quality, feeding processes, and energetics of filter-feeding benthic organisms and macroalgae. The candidate will partake in and lead experiments necessary for parameterization and development of energetic models and experience from this kind of work is required.
The research group Benthic Resources is involved in scientific topics regarding the national advisory work done by IMR. The position is a good career opportunity for a skilled and motivated scientist wishing to be part of a productive work environment and who will find joy and inspiration from working at the leading marine research institute in Norway.