PhD in Applied Ecology and Biotechnology

  • Duration: 3
  • Spring semester
  • ECTS 180 ECTS
  • Application period See vacant positions
  • You want a research education with specialization in either Applied Ecology or Biotechnology
  • You want to contribute through your own research work to strengthen the scientific knowledge base within sustainable production, use and management of biological resources
  • You want to obtain a doctoral degree based on a master's degree you already have in Biology, Ecology, Biotechnology, Evolution, Environmental Sciences or similar subjects.

About the research programme

The PhD programme in applied ecology and biotechnology is transdisciplinary, aiming to develop and increase knowledge on sustainable production, use and management of biological resources. Biological resources in this sense includes forestry, livestock, crops and other cultivated plants, cultural landscapes, wildlife, fish, microorganisms and other biological products and services within agricultural-, forestry- wildlife- and aquatic systems.

The PhD programme has two specializations; one in applied ecology and one in biotechnology. The specialisation in applied ecology focuses on the harvesting and monitoring of biological resources based on an ecological understanding, whereas the specialisation in biotechnology focuses on the development of biological resources and related services based on understanding of organisms, tissues and cells, including their components and macromolecules.

Together, these specialisations help address local and global problems concerning the environment, food production and sustainability. Our aim is to educate innovative PhD candidates who will develop a better management of nature, ranging from the protection of biodiversity to innovation related to the commercialization of biological resources in a sustainable manner for future generations.

Components of the research training programme

The normative length of the PhD programme is 3 years full-time study, culminating in a doctoral dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The programme consists of 2.5 years of individual research work and a 6-month training component under supervision.

Candidates are expected to conduct independent research, as well as to work in research groups consisting of candidates, researchers and professors. All PhD candidates will be included in one of our research groups.

The training component comprises 30 ECTS credits of post-graduate courses. 10 ECTS are mandatory for all candidates at the programme, whereas 20 ECTS are dependent on the candidate’s specialisation. All teaching will be given in English.

The International Research School in Applied Ecology (IRSAE)

IRSAE is an academic network for young researchers and has 15 partners in Europe. The Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology at INN is the coordinating partner, and IRSAE has more than  200 PhD candidates and 50 researchers. The mission of IRSAE is to advance the quality of PhD education within various research fields coupled to applied ecology, thereby producing responsible future scientists and managers that can progress the present-day front in applied ecology further. The annual summer school is the largest IRSAE event of the year, and normally 60 PhD candidates and 20 researchers will take part in the summer school.

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From 2021, the research school will be broadened to include biotechnology.

What does it cost?

Funded through advertised fellowships or other external funding