Postdoctoral Researcher in Salmon Hologenomics

Trondheim, Norway
29 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The NTNU University Museum is looking for an energetic and ambitious postdoctoral researcher in computational hologenomics for a period of up to three years, as part of an international project funded by the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF). The HoloFish project aims to explore the interactive effect of the genome and microbiome on salmon growth and quality. The HoloFish project is built around an international consortium of universities and private industry (Lerøy Seafood Group, Norway, the Institute for Marine Research, Norway, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Aarhus University, Denmark), and the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute using a combined genomics and transcriptomics approach to bioinformatically characterise, and decipher the interactions between, host genomes and gut microbial communities. The ultimate aim is to test evolutionary hypotheses about the ‘hologenome’, and to increase feed efficiency in industrial salmon production

Specifically, this postdoctoral position is in salmon hologenomics, and will be exploring the co-interaction of salmon with their gut microbiota, and how this may affect/condition growth and health under the influence of different feed types. We are looking for a motivated, highly organised and collaborative postdoc, whose role will be to lead the analysis of large volumes of multi-omic data. This role will involve: close coordination with an existing international team; quality control and bioinformatic processing of the available genomic, transcriptomic, epigenomic, and metagenomic sequencing data; and implementation of a state-of-the-art computational framework for data analysis on a large computing cluster.

The position is based in Trondheim, Norway, at Department of Natural History, NTNU University Museum, with Associate Professor Mike Martin and Professor II Tom Gilbert.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Conduct high-throughput data processing (quality control, trimming, mapping, variant annotation, etc.) on hundreds of salmon shotgun genomes, transcriptomes, epigenomes, and metagenomes
  • Perform bioinformatic and population genomic analyses on the data and lead writing of scientific papers
  • Attend annual project meetings and contribute towards scientific reports

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in a topic related to Population Genetics and/or Bioinformatics and/or Computational Biology or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. The degree must be completed by the employment start date.

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

  • Documented evidence (in form of published papers and/or PhD thesis) of experience using state-of-the-art methods in bioinformatics and/or computational genomics and/or population genomics and/or GWAS
  • Experience with analysing NGS data using Unix command-line tools
  • Fluency in English (written, reading, spoken)

Desirable requirements 

  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to collaborate on a large project alongside senior researchers at both academic and industrial partners
  • Very good organizational skills
  • Experience supervising students in computational methods
  • Experience with publishing GWAS and/or metagenomic data
  • Knowledge of the principles of genomics and metagenomics
  • Experience with administration of UNIX servers

Personal characteristics

  • Good cooperative skills
  • Motivated
  • Creative
  • Resourceful
  • Able to deliver

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

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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

NTNUs HR policy emphasize diversity and equality. Moreover, the Department of Natural History actively pursues diversity and gender balance for a good scientific environment. We therefore encourage female candidates to apply.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of 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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Head of Department, Hans K. Stenøien, phone number +47 91897592, 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. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 2019/26592 when applying.

Application deadline: 29.09.2019.

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Department of Natural History

We conduct research in biogeography, biosystematics, evolutionary biology and ecology with a focus on biodiversity. The Department is responsible for developing and maintaining the Museum’s natural history collections, including the botanical gardens at Ringve in Trondheim and Kongsvoll in the Dovre mountains. The Department of Natural History is one of two departments in the NTNU University Museum

Deadline 29th September 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
omfang Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 174273

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