PhD Position in Seafood Science and Technology

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Trondheim, Norway
Monday, 4 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 8 December 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD-position in seafood science and technology at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science. The position will be part of our research project SUPREME. The project is led by SINTEF Ocean, and has NTNU and the Icelandic research institute Matis as research partners as well as several actively involved industry stakeholders. The SUPREME (Sustainable production of ingredients from whitefish rest raw materials) project aims to find technological solutions for preventing food loss in the whitefish value chain and to improve the utilisation of fish resources.

Rest raw materials from whitefish contains valuable proteins and lipids (e.g. omega-3) which should be upgraded to food-products for a growing population. This PhD position will have a practical approach combining knowledge on nutritional composition and biochemical changes in the raw materials with the technological and practical solutions and possibilities enabling conservation and higher utilisation to future food or feed. More information on the SUPREME project is available on:

The position reports to Associate Professor Eva Falch.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • This position has a practical approach in close cooperation with industry and research partners, and parts of the research will be done on board a fishing vessel (e.g. trawler)
  • Characterise biochemical composition and stability of raw materials and optimise process technologies to conserve and utilise raw materials into valuable products. 
  • Actively co-operate and co-create with partners of the SUPREME project to gain new knowledge and new solution for upgrading of fish rest raw materials.
  • Actively disseminate results within the SUPREME project, within the scientific group, to other PhD and master students in the field and to the society overall

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in in food science, food technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, process chemistry or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Other qualifications

  • Experience from practical laboratory work relevant to the given project and/or specific analytical skills which fits the project will be preferred.
  • Industry experience relevant to the given project will be preferred.
  • Good written and oral English language skills are required.

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently as well as in team.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic, with a keen interest in the wider context of own research.
  • Open minded and interest for exploring new methodology in the research field.
  • Ability to take initiative and engage in cross-disciplinary teams.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme inBiotechnology (

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Ass Professor Eva Falch, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates and reference letters. Together with the application we request an up to one page “Personal motivation letter” for the position.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI):

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number NV-109/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 08.12.2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Our activities contribute to increased exploitation of existing and new ingredients for sustainable food production as well as next-generation energy solutions and medical technology. We educate graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, public administration and academia. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 8th December 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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