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Ph.D. scholarship within enzyme discovery and characterization at NMBU, Norway 2022


Ph.D. scholarship within enzyme discovery and characterization The Protein Engineering and proteomics (PEP) group, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU, Norway 2022


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Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

The Protein Engineering and proteomics (PEP) group, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science

NMBU Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway


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Qualification Details

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.

Required Academic qualifications and experience

  • Relevant MSc degree, for example in biochemistry, biotechnology, or organic chemistry. Candidates finishing an MSc degree in the first half of 2022 are welcome to apply.
  • Experience in gene cloning and protein expression or in redox enzymology or in lignin chemistry and analysis.
  • Grades that are sufficient to be admitted to NMBU’s PhD program (minimum B as average grade for the MSc studies).

Applicants with one or more of the following experiences and skills will be prioritized:

  • Knowledge of and experience in redox enzymology.
  • Experience in preparation and analysis of lignin, lignin fractions and related aromatic compounds.
  • Experience in gene cloning, protein expression and protein purification.
  • Bioinformatic skills.

The ideal candidate will combine the following personal qualities:

  • Hard-working, ambitious, and accurate.
  • Creative and independent, but capable of collaborating in a team.
  • Interest and experience in international collaboration.
  • Good communicative skills, orally and written, in English (candidates will be required to give a research presentation in English as part of the recruitment process).

We expect that the candidate will publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed scientific journals.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Protein Engineering and proteomics (PEP) group at the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant three-year PhD-position within the DeLignoBact project. By studying how both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria degrade lignin (one of the most abundant, non-edible components of plant biomass), the project aims to discover mechanisms and enzymes that affect biomass turnover in soil and that can be used for better utilization of lignin as a renewable resource. We will use meta-omics techniques to study bacterial lignin metabolism in soil and zoom-in on key enzymes and enzyme systems.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council through a Researcher Project for Young Talents grant.

The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD programme at the institution. The documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must be uploaded as an attachment.

Main tasks

  • Analysis of meta-omics datasets and selection of candidate enzymes using bioinformatic tools
  • Clone, express and purify enzymes
  • Characterization of (redox) enzymes using various analytical methods (e.g., HPLC, LC-MS, pyrolysis GC-MS)

The successful candidate is expected to develop progress plan towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, targeted at completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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.

In the application, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process. Please note that applications that do not provide the information needed for NMBU’s admission process will be discarded.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnlogy and Food Science. P.O.BOX 5003, NO-1432 Aas, within 06.04.2022. Please quote reference number 22/01118.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page).
  • Complete CV.
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Diploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master). Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original language. An English translation of these documents must also be attached.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are encouraged to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system.
  • Documentation of proficiency in written and oral English
  • Names and contact details for two references
  • Additional relevant documentation of professional knowledge (for example, a list of scientific works)

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates

About the Department/Section/Group

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) employs about 160 people. Currently about 50 PhD students are enrolled into our PhD program. KBM represents a broad range of scientific fields encompassing basic natural sciences such as microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry as well as the application of these towards food chemistry, technology and safety, biotechnology, bioprocessing and environmental issues. The Faculty is responsible for education, research and information within our fields of expertise and also has state-of-the-art instrumentation to perform research within these fields. KBM collaborates in networks and research projects both nationally and internationally.

Further information: https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/kbm

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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 491.200,-) 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.

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants

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Contact details

For further information, please contact project leader Tina Rise Tuveng, [email protected] or group leader Prof. Vincent G. H. Eijsink [email protected].

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