At the Department of Biological Sciences, there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position in fish anatomy/aquaculture. The position is for a fixed term of 4 years and is associated with the research group Marine Developmental Biology. The position shall do research in fish biology/aquaculture with special focus on questions and problems in closed systems and recirculation aquaculture (RAS) systems, and the fundamental biological challenges fish face in these systems.
About the project/work tasks:
The lifecycle of the Atlantic salmon consists of a freshwater phase where eggs, larvae and parr develop in the river, and then smoltify and migrate to the sea where they grow to reach maturity after which they return to the rivers to spawn. The capacity of the salmon to live in both freshwater and seawater is a fascinating biological adaptation. In farming of salmon, the production of smolts takes place in freshwater facilities, while production of large salmon traditionally takes place in cages in the sea. Recently, the salmon aquaculture industry has shown increasing interest in production of salmon in closed systems, including RAS systems, in the early seawater phase.
The research will include the following tasks:
- Describe changes associated with transfer from freshwater to seawater in the gill and other important osmoregulatory organs
- Analyze form (anatomy) and function (physiology) of key cell types, which allow this transition
- Reveal how salinity, ion composition and water quality can influence the transformation of these organs
Qualifications and personal qualities:
- Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within fish anatomy or physiology or other relevant field, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a requirement of employment that the PhD degree has been awarded
- The successful candidate must demonstrate knowledge of fish biology, anatomy, physiology and molecular biology and must have published scientific papers which demonstrate a good understanding of form and function
- Practical experience with experimental work on fish is required
- The position requires practical experience in the use of general methods in science, i.e., histological and molecular methods and experience in the use of microscopical methods
- Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
- Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English
- Applicants must have good command of Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, in order to participate in teaching and dissemination, including fish anatomy and histopathology. Parts of the teaching will be done in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.
The practical work will mainly take place within the centre CtrlAQUA (Centre of research-based innovation) at the Department of Biological Sciences, in RAS or other closed systems. Work in association with our national or international partners may also be relevant. Experience from both open and closed systems is therefore an advantage.
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.
Special requirements for the position: the successful applicant must be able to participate in fieldwork.
About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:
The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 4 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.
Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work schedule. For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work will take place in consultation with the project/centre manager. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.
We can offer:
- Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
- Salary at pay grade 59 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 3) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 515 200 before taxes. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- Good welfare benefits
Your application must include:
- A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the the main advisor from the PhD programme.
- Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
- Relevant certificates/references
- List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
- Publications (as applicable)
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Jon Vidar Helvik (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Sigurd Stefansson (email@example.com) at the Department of Biological Sciences
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Post expires on Thursday February 28th, 2019