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Four PhD and postdoctoral fellows within meta-omics analysis of microbial communities

About the position

The four vacant positions are funded by Novo Nordisk Fonden, the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the ERA-Net BlueBio Cofund, and are part of a collaboration between several research groups at the Faculty of Biosciences (BIOVIT) and Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Sciences (KBM). We will hire:

  • PhD student, KBM, project SeaCow: Promoting ‘efficient, low emitting’ cows through nutritional manipulation of the rumen microbiome.
  • PhD student Biovit, project SuPA[cow]: Sustainable production of animals by optimizing the feed-microbiome-host axis
  • Postdoctoral fellow (3 years), KBM, project “ImprovAFish”: Improving aquaculture sustainability by modulating the feed-microbiome-host axis in fish
  • PhD student or postdoctoral fellow, KBM, project “DENITRO”: Oxidative polysaccharide conversion in anoxia by denitrifying organisms

These projects will examine the interplay between the environment, microbiome function and host phenotype (where applicable).

They will go beyond standard omics-style analyses and integrate metadata, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics layers (multi-omics) in one collective analytical effort and will additionally endeavor to include all keystone microbial genomes from bacterial, archaeal, viral and eukaryotic (fungi and protozoa) origins.

Joint network analysis of expression data from both active gut microbiota and host tissue will attempt to identify key correlations between particular microbial populations and host metabolism, in particular for animals that exhibit varying performance metrics and/or methane levels.

Taken together, it aims to integrate meta-data and multi-omics to describe the interplay between feed, host animal and its associated microbiota.

For the DENITRO-project, microbial dynamics in freshwater wetlands and biofilters will be investigated and possible links to process performance and exploitation identified.

Main tasks

Major tasks include:

  • Generation of metagenomics datasets and population genomes that are representative of host-associated microbiomes.
  • Functional meta-omics characterization of microbiota using metabolic reconstruction and quantitative metatranscriptomics / metaproteomics. 
  • Identification of key metabolic pathways using regulatory network analysis of meta-omics data generated from microbiome(s) as well as host tissues and/or metadata.
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Competence

PhD students:

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description (KBM,
Biovit)

Required academic qualifications and experiences

  • Msc degree in microbiology/bioinformatics, with specific emphasis on functional microbial multi-omic data analysis.
  • Fluent programming skills in at least one language.

Postdoctoral fellows:

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. A PhD degree is required.

Required academic qualifications and experiences

  • PhD degree in microbiology/bioinformatics, with specific emphasis on functional microbial multi-omic data analysis
  • Fluent programming skills in at least one language.

For both PhD and postdoctoral positions, applicants must document experience in at least two of these to qualify:

  • Methods for microbial community DNA extraction, shotgun metagenomic sequencing, assembly and binning.
  • Methods for microbial community protein extraction, protein purification and metaproteomic data generation.
  • Bioinformatics analysis of DNA and/or protein data
  • Bioinformatics processing and analysis of large meta/multi-omics datasets.

Other desired experiences

  • Molecular laboratory and/or animal experimental work
  • Single-cell sorting/sequencing
  • Network-based analysis of multi-omics data

We expect that the candidates will successfully publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed journals.  Applicants must be proficient both written and spoken, in English, and preferably in a Scandinavian language.

Remuneration and further information

PhD student: The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 482.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars

Postdoctoral Fellow: The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77) (NOK 526.000 – 744.600), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

For further information, please contact

Assoc. Prof. Phil B. Pope, SuPA[cow] + ImprovAFish (phil.pope@nmbu.no)

Prof Torgeir R. Hvidsten, SuPA[cow] + ImprovAFish (torgeir.r.hvidsten@nmbu.no

Dr Live Hagen, SeaCow (live.hagen@nmbu.no)

Dr. Magnus Arntzen, DENITRO (magnus.arntzen@nmbu.no)

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 27.02.2021

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant can be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 27.02.2020. Please quote reference number 20/05346.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About The Faculties

The Faculty of Biosciences (Biovit) and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) educate candidates within biosciences (biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, systems biology, microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics), food and food safety, domestic animals and aquaculture, production technology, botany and nutrition. Further information: https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/kbm and  https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/biovit  

The present positions are funded by projects run by the following research groups at KBM and Biovit:

  • Microbial Ecology and Meta-Omics (MEMO)
  • Protein Engineering and Proteomics (PEP)
  • Bioinformatics and Applied Statistics (BIAS)

More about Biovit: Biovit contributes to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research in plants, animals and fish (aquaculture). The research groups are organized in the following sections: Systems Genetics and Bioinformatics, Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Nutrition, Ethology and Animal Welfare, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Plant Protection. The faculty has approximately 220 employees.

More about KBM: KBM employs about 140 people. The faculty has approx. 50 PhD students, and ca. 500 BSc and MSc students. KBM covers a wide range of scientific fields within basic natural sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology as well as the application of these towards food chemistry, technology and safety, biotechnology and environmental issues.

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

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Deadline

27th February 2021

Post expires on Saturday February 27th, 2021

PhD scholarship within algal genetics

About the position

The Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant three-year PhD–position related to genetics of sugar kelp.

There is an enormous potential for value creation based on kelp production along the Norwegian coast and a strong interest in developing cultivars with improved traits. Globally, cultivation of kelp and other macroalgae is expected to become an increasingly important source of human food, and the production is recognized as being environmentally sustainable. Kelp has a large range of potential uses: human food, animal feed (either directly, as a feed ingredient, or as a resource for yeast production), biochemicals (such as alginate), pharmaceuticals, agricultural fertilizer, and bioenergy. A potential problem with extensive use of kelp for food and feed, however, is the high content of certain minerals, e.g. iodine (I) and arsenic (As). The role and success of selective breeding in both agri- and aquaculture shows that selective breeding is likely to be of high importance for future cultivation and utilization of kelp worldwide, boosting economic and environmental sustainability of marine aquaculture, and creating markets for the aquaculture, processing and breeding industries.

The PhD position is associated with a project funded from the Norwegian Research Council – Breed4Kelp2Feed, which is a collaboration between BIOVIT, Sintef Ocean AS and Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO).

The main goal of Breed4Kelp2Feed is to establish knowledge needed to start selective breeding of sugar kelp, and the two main activities are:

1) manipulation of the life cycle and ploidy levels with the aim of generating sterile production plants that cannot hybridize with natural populations (in order to avoid problems with “genetic pollution” of wild populations), and

2) a short-term selection experiment based on mixed hybridization and phenotypic selection of large individuals (to demonstrate the potential of selective breeding also in kelp, and to obtain genetic information).

The PhD position is linked to the ongoing selection experiment, which involves phenotyping and genotyping (genotyping by sequencing (GBS)) of a large number of individuals with the aim to estimate genetic variance, heritability, genetic correlations between traits, genetic response to selection, and genotype by environment interactions.

The PhD student is expected to go to ILVO in Belgium for a short stay to get training in bioinformatic analysis.

Main tasks

  • Participate in morphological and chemical phenotyping as well as DNA extraction
  • Bioinformatic analysis of genotyping-by-sequencing data
  • Genetic analysis of a natural population of sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima L.) and of material in the selection experiment

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

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Competence

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications

  • Master’s degree and proficiency in English as detailed above
  • Skills at Master’s degree level in genetics

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Skills and experience in quantitative genetic analysis or population genetics
  • Skills and experience with bioinformatics
  • Skills in academic writing

You need to:

  • Be interested in research and highly motivated for completing a PhD
  • Be open-minded and eager to learn
  • Be goal-oriented, accurate, analytical and structured
  • Have strong communication and cooperation skills

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479.600,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact Associate professor Åshild Ergon

E-mail: ashild.ergon@nmbu.no; phone +47 67232756

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 31.01.2021

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline.

The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within31.1.2021. Please quote reference number 20/05399.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

About The Faculty of Biosciences

The Faculty of Life Sciences (BIOVIT) aims to help shape the future food- and bio-production of through teaching and research within biology and sustainable production and use of plants, livestock and fish. The faculty has an annual turnover of approx. 250 million kroner. The faculty is organized into nine research sections: Genome biology, Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology, Ethology and Animal Environment, Nutrition and Physiology, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Protection and Food Crops, Pant Biology and Biotechnology. The faculty has seven large and small research centers and laboratories, including a center for outstanding innovation (CFI)  – Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aquaculture, Biology, Animal Science and Plant science as well as English-language master’s degrees in Agroecology, Plant Sciences, Feed Manufacturing Technology and Genome Sciences. The faculty is responsible for PhD degrees in animal science and plant science. The faculty currently has about 550 bachelor and master students and 90 PhD students. The faculty has about 220 employees and its own faculty administration.

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply for this job

Deadline

31st January 2021

Post expires on Sunday January 31st, 2021

Postdoctoral fellow: Food Inspector – developing tools for food label authentication

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

(MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2.5 years Postdoctoral position to study methods for authenticating meat quality features linked to freeze damage and other meat/muscle tissue degenerations. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (project title: ‘Food Inspector’).

You will develop and test technologies that are based on electrophysiological and microscopic techniques established for clinical and research purposes but not yet realized for food quality monitoring.

Here you will work closely with a large network that brings together researchers at NMBU, partners at the Norwegian Meat and Poultry Research Centre as well as scientific and industry partners from Norway and other European countries. This will give you a great opportunity to build your own network within academic and industry-environments.

Your work will include:

  • Treating selected meat and fish products with different preservation techniques
  • Using a diverse range of standard food quality monitoring tests, in addition to
  • Electrophysiological tests on muscle meat and fish
  • Microscopic analyses of muscle tissue defects.

Main tasks

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. A PhD degree is required.

Main tasks:

You will analyze freeze- and other treatment related quality defects in meat and fish using an array of novel and well-established test methods (As the project ultimately aims at developing commercial solutions, applicants should have a well-developed critical thinking enabling them to honestly evaluate promises and also risks linked to diagnostic innovations the team establishes. 

Specific tasks include:

  • Planning and conducting experiments in the lab and also in food production facilities;
  • Use of standard food quality measurements and of electrophysiological and microscopic setups
  • Supervising of undergraduate students
  • Scientific communication (talks, writing publications)
  • Communication with industry and partners that develop commercialization strategies
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Competence

Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD degree
  • Training and hands-on-experience in relevant fields such animal physiology including muscle and neurophysiology, physiological measurements, food science and technology, physics or electronics. At least 2 of the named areas must be covered.
  • You have learned to take lead in communicating your own research (writing and presentation skills).
  • You have experience with statistical methods.

Experience from one or more of the following fields will be beneficial

  • Impedance based measurements on biomaterials
  • Numerical methods for modeling of physiological sensor systems
  • Hands on experimental work on food freezing and thawing
  • Having worked in scientific and industrial partner networks that are relevant to the project
  • Supervising experience

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • You are eager to learn new methods and to work confidently in an interdisciplinary partner network.
  • Good communication skills will make it easy for you to contact partners inside and outside your immediate team, and to plan your experiments in and outside the university’s campus.
  • Independence, resourcefulness, critical thinking and relevant interpersonal skills necessary for productive team working.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the University’s regulations. The applicant should document a strong academic background from previous studies and good English skills, both written and oral.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77) (NOK 523.200-741.300), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

For more information, please contact Dr. Daniel Münch (project leader, E-mail: daniel.munch@nmbu.no)

Information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 21.01.2021

With the application, you will include an application letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of at least two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and E-mail addresses; all to be send electronically).

Other scientific documentation (thesis, up to 10 publications) should be included electronically within the application deadline. NMBU may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, MINA, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 21.01.2021. Please quote reference number 20/05397.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

Read more about MINA here.

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

Read the job description at the university homepage

 Apply for this job

Deadline

21st January 2021

Post expires on Thursday January 21st, 2021