The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE), UiT The Arctic University of Norway offers a PhD position in Natural Resource Economics in the 2021/22 academic session.

Project details:

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics PhD web pages.

The PhD project is within the MONEC project (“To manage or not: Assessing the benefit of managing ecosystem disservices”) financed by the Research Council of Norway. The successful PhD candidate will develop and analyse both theoretical and applied bioeconomic models related to disservices from climate induced crowberry spread in arctic rangelands, especially in relation to ecosystem services such as reindeer and sheep husbandry, carbon sequestration and others. The candidate will work closely with economists, ecologists and stakeholders in the project to develop models to analyse potential management options and their consequences.

Worth of Award

  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund
  • Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


  • Master or foreign equivalent in economics,
  • Statistics, mathematics or related field is an advantage,
  • Background and experience in natural resource economics is an advantage,
  • A description of proposed project, which should contain an original research question, theoretical framework and methodology planned to use, suggested empirical material if applicable as well as a work-plan (up to 5 pages).

Emphasis is attached to personal suitability.

How to Apply

The application must be submitted electronically and shall include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation on English proficiency.
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 1-3 references
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Deadline: The deadline date is November 8th, 2020.


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