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Two-year Postdoctoral Position in Microalgae Genetics Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord University, Norway Apr 2022


Two-year Postdoctoral Position in Microalgae Genetics, phenotypic and genetic trait changes that take place in phytoplankton cells with Phd degree in the fields of microbiology, bioinformatics and plant sciences or related research areas is available at  Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord University, Norway Apr 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 years
Salary: 543.500 NOK/Year

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

Nord University, Norway


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Qualification Details

Specific research skills

The following qualifications and skills are needed, documented by publication/thesis results:

  • A Phd degree is essential, preferably within the fields of microbiology, bioinformatics and/or plant sciences or related research areas
  • Bioinformatic analysis of NGS data, including biological interpretation and insight with eukaryotic microbes
  • Some practical microbiology skills, preferably with microalgae or other eukaryotes
  • Independently carry out project tasks, curate data/results and write publications
  • Skills in basic microscopy and flow cytometry would be beneficial


The selected candidate is expected to participate in multiple activities related to the ExCell project and her/his responsibilities include:

  • Designing and performing experiments in collaboration with the project leader, including research that meets or builds on the project aims
  • Support of PhD, MSc, and BSc students, as well as visiting researchers associated with the project
  • Reporting and publishing results
  • Participation in knowledge transfer and dissemination activities

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in microalgae genetics. The position is available from mid/late Summer 2022. We are looking for highly motivated and creative applicants with a strong academic record and the ability to collaborate with other members of a multidisciplinary team.

The position is part of an NFR (Research Council of Norway) funded project, ExCell, which examines strain improvement, adaptation and evolution in eukaryotic microalgae. Further details can be found here: PROJECT BANK - Phytoplankton

The main aim of the project is to study the phenotypic and genetic trait changes that take place in phytoplankton cells under selection. Applicants should have substantial experience in genetics and microbiology, and candidates with backgrounds in either applied/industrial or ecology disciplines are equally welcome. Laboratory research will include maintenance and cultivation of microalgae in small lab-scale bioreactors, molecular work/sequencing, microscopy and flow cytometry. The project as a whole includes denovo genome sequencing, and the post-doc will work with downstream analysis and exploration of the data. Computer work will require experience with programming languages (Bash/Linux command line, R) and genomics software (genome browsers, genomics workbench type programs). Candidates with extra skills for example in comparative genomics, statistical analysis of population data or genome-wide analysis could be beneficial. The position is located at Nord University Research Station and Campus Bodø, in northern Norway.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 30141107

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted electronically by 25.04.2022.

The Faculty has policy to validate the relevant enclosed documentation. The validation will be performed by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education - NOKUT. Applicants with foreign education have to fill in and sign a consent form from NOKUT, see below.

The electronic application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation, relevant experience, and how she/he will contribute to the successful implementation of the project (maximum 1 page).
  • An outline of a potential research study(s) on microalgae genetics that is related to the project objectives (maximum 1 page).
  • Curriculum Vitae, including acquired knowledge and skills (emphasis on hands-on experience in relevant methods), and a list of publications and other scientific contributions (maximum 3 pages).
  • Certified academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications.
  • Contact details for at three referees, including principal supervisors of MSc and PhD theses.
  • Signed consent form PhD (if relevant)

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

About the Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 25 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 165 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

About the Employer:

We offer

The annual salary for postdoc (code 1352) is set from wage level 60 , NOK 543.500,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

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