Postdoc Researcher, environmental paleogenomics - Bergen, Norway

A full-time two-year postdoctoral research position is available at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre in Bergen, Norway.


Project leaders seek a highly motivated candidate to strengthen the research group working on paleogenomics, paleoceanography, and molecular ecology.

The position is available in the project "Sedimentary ancient DNA – a new proxy to investigate the impact of environmental changes on past and present biodiversity in Nordic Seas (NEEDED)".

The postdoc is central in this Polish–Norwegian research project that brings together researchers from NORCE (PI Stijn De Schepper) and IOPAN – Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PI Jan Pawlowskí).

The project is funded through an EEA and Norway Grant – Basic Research Program GRIEG. The research will be carried out in the ancient DNA lab at NORCE.


The aim of the project is to use environmental DNA metabarcoding applied to modern and fossil marine sediments to reconstruct the history of marine life in Nordic Seas during the last 20,000 years.


Your responsibilities are to generate and analyse DNA metabarcoding data from several marine sediment cores in the Nordic Seas.

Specific work tasks include:

- Extraction, quantification and quality-assessment of DNA from marine sediments
- Metabarcoding library preparation for high-throughput sequencing
- Bioinformatic analysis of metabarcoding results
- Statistical analysis of metabarcoding results, including integration with paleoclimate records
- Participation in a research cruise (2021) to collect marine sediments cores
- Scientific interaction with the international partners at IOPAN (Poland)
- Publication in relevant, international peer-reviewed journals.


- A PhD degree in bioscience, molecular biology, molecular ecology, or relevant field.
- Hands-on experience with high-throughput sequence data generation and analysis (metabarcoding and/or metagenomics).
- Expertise with multivariate statistical tools for ecological analysis.
- Meticulous laboratory and organisational skills.
- Balance teamwork and independent work.
- Good communication skills across disciplines.
- Proficient in both written and spoken English.
- Expertise with ancient or degraded DNA from sediments is an advantage.
- Interest in (paleo-)ecology, paleoceanography and paleoclimate is desired.


Applications close 9 October 2020.

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Further information

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