PhD in Biotechnology/Microbial Ecology and Systems Biology

Gløshaugen, Norway
30 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Biotechnology and Food Science  

Faculty of Natural Sciences

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.

Studies of microbial communities have traditionally focused on uncovering negative microbial interactions such as competition and predation. However, recent research suggests that positive interactions are of central importance for the structure and function of microbial ecosystems. In this project, the PhD candidate will use an established experimental system consisting of salmon fry and the fish pathogen, Yersinia ruckeri, to study effects of infection and infection treatment approaches on the fish and the system’s microbiota. The candidate will analyse the generated data using a variety of approaches, including complex network analysis.

The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1 year extension with  25 % teaching duties in agreement with the department.

Detailed information about the PhD programs at the Faculty of Natural Sciences is found at:

Qualifications for the position

The successful applicant will have an M.Sc. degree with an average grade point of B or better, within Biotechnology, Systems Biology, Microbiology, or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of basic biology, including microbiology, ecology and physiology, and some experience with programming and numerical analysis. Skills in relevant experimental biology are also important. The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. She/he should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test, which are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE)  or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study. 

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from Professors Olav Vadstein ( and Eivind Almaas (, Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, NTNU.

Information about the Department can be found at

The application

A complete application will include (1) a CV that has information about education, scientific work and previous work experience. It will also include (2) contact information for three references, and (3) a 1 page discussion of the candidate’s research interests and/or experience in microbial community studies.

Certificates from B.Sc. and M.Sc., possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, and copies of documentation on English language proficiency test, must also be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-100/18

Application deadline: November 1, 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 158458
  • Internal ID 2018/35015
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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