Postdoctor in Food Proteomics

Trondheim, Norway
05 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A two-year Postdoc position in Food Proteomics is available at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science (IBT). The current research fields at the Department includes Microbial Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems, Food Science, and Biopolymers and Biomaterials. Further information is available at The post doc candidate will be associated the research groups of Professor Per Bruheim and Professor Turid Rustad

The position is financed by an internal strategic initiative at IBT to strengthen the Food Proteomics research. The main objective of postdoctoral research fellowships is qualification for academic positions and research career development programs and supervision are offered as part of this fellowship.

The position reports to Professor Per Bruheim and Turid Rustad.

Main duties and responsibilities

The post doc will work with mass spectrometry (MS) based Proteomics on food related topics; thus, complementing existing research projects in the Food Science and Microbial Biotechnology research divisions with qualitative or quantitative proteomics. Current main projects focus on exploitation of rest raw materials and by-products and understanding processes taking place in food raw materials during processing and storage. In-depth characterization of protein/ peptide pool compositions and modifications is important to improve current processes and development of new processes/ products. In addition to method development and sample analyses, it is expected that a significant part of the work will be on data processing (e.g. data base searches, bioinformatics, multivariate analysis, protein/ peptide identifications, modifications in proteins and peptides due to processing). The MS work will be performed in the NV Mass Spectrometry lab ( currently equipped with six MS instruments and GC, UPLC, capillary UPLC, UPC2, capillary ion chromatography separation technologies and software for advanced processing of both low molecular weight analytes (Metabolomics), lipids (Lipidomics), 13C-label experimentation (Fluxomics) and protein/ peptides (Proteomics).

Qualification requirements

The applicant must hold a PhD in food science, analytical biochemistry, biotechnology or similar fields. Experience with using liquid chromatography - mass spectrometry instrumentation and, in particular, Proteomics work-flow is strongly preferred. Alternatively, applicants with a strong track record in protein/ peptide chemistry related to food can be evaluated. In either case, ability to work with large data sets including bioinformatics is highly desired. The applicant must document ability to work independently and in groups, and ability to publish scientific papers. Experience with supervision of students and writing project proposals is considered an advantage.

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 food science, analytical biochemistry, biotechnology or similar or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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

  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

The applicant must document ability to work independently as well as in group situations, be an active member in the research groups and presenting the projects in conferences and to other interested parties. Previous experience with supervision of students and writing project proposals is considered an advantage.

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 523 200 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.

The period of employment is 2 years.

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Per Bruheim, e-mail and Professor Turid Rustad, 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 NV-111/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.01.2020

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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 15th January 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary