PostDoctor Position in Environmental Biotechnology

Trondheim, Norway
28 Apr 2020
End of advertisement period
25 May 2020
NV- 58/20
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a postdoc position in Environmental Biotechnology at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science (IBT).

The appointment has a duration of 2.5 years. The position is part of the project "RASbiome: Microbial management in RAS for sustainable aquaculture production", funded by ERA-NET BlueBio. In this project, we will investigate alternatives to microbial nitrification for improved management of nitrogen (N) compounds in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). In addition to improved N management, we aim at improving the understanding of role of microbes to chemical and microbiological water quality in RAS. This is a collaboration with NTNU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IBM), DTU Aqua (Denmark), and Ghent University. The postdoc candidate will mainly focus on a microbial process for N treatment involving partial nitrification and anammox, and on the characterization of microbial community dynamics in commercial and experimental RAS. The experimental work will be performed in NTNU’s laboratories at IBT, IBM, and NTNU Sealab.

Information of the NTNU departments IBT and IBM can be found online at and

You will report to Professor Ingrid Bakke, IBT.

Duties of the position

  • The postdoc is expected to take the main responsibility for planning and implementing experiments involving continuously operated bioreactors and experimental RAS. In addition the work will include sampling, preparation of 16S rDNA amplicon libraries for high-throughput sequencing, and processing of DNA sequencing data.
  • The candidate will be responsible for reporting relevant research results to the project consortium, to attend project meetings, and to write and publish results in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in biotechnology, environmental biotechnology or environmental microbiology, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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, post doctor and research assistant.

The candidate must have hands-on, practical experience with continuously operated bioreactors and process configurations and/or with biological water treatment in recirculating aquaculture systems. Furthermore, experience with DNA-based molecular methods for microbial analysis is a prerequisite.

Preferred selection criteria

The ideal candidate has practical and theoretical knowledge on water treatment processes involving anammox and is experienced in all major steps involved in detailed characterizations of microbial communities (metagenomics, amplicon library preparations, data processing, and multivariate statistics). Knowledge to water treatment and fish production in RAS is considered an advantage. The candidate must have good skills in written and oral English.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be creative and have strong practical skills. She/he should enjoy interdisciplinary research and working in teams, but should also be able to take responsibility for the progress of the project, to work independently, and act on own initiative.

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2.5 years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400,- per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

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.

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. 

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.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Ingrid Bakke,  email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. 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- 58/20 when applying.

Application deadline 25.05.2020

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 25th May 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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