PhD on Animal Physiology

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Trondheim, Norway
24 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We are looking for highly motivated people who are interested in joining the Yap research group as a PhD-candidate in The Department of Biology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). We offer an international and multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific dialogue across fields is valued and stimulated. 

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.  

The Yap research group ( consists of a small dynamic team of enthusiastic biologists. The overarching goal of our lab group is to understand the molecular and physiological mechanisms of life-history trade-offs in animals. The lab group is part of the Animal Physiology Section ( in the Department of Biology, home to many experts in comparative animal physiology, fish ecophysiology, marine invertebrate sensory physiology, and insect behaviour and neurophysiology.  

You will report to Kang Nian (Jeff) Yap (Associate Professor).

Duties of the position

The successful candidate will conduct both field and laboratory-based studies on small marine invertebrates, using tools from evolutionary ecology, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. The student will learn how to design and conduct experimental studies, as well as conduct energetics and physiological measurements at the whole animal and cell levels. Depending on the student’s personal research interests, there are also possibilities of collaborating with other research personnel in other research groups within the department. 

We are looking for a PhD student who is passionate about and has research experience in animal ecology and physiology.

We are especially interested in people with high motivation in integrating animal ecology, evolution, and physiology in a multi-disciplinary collaborative team. 

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in animal physiology 
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level 
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education. 
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program ( 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in conducting field research  
  • Experience with physiological assays, cell culture, and molecular techniques 
  • Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills 

Personal characteristics

  • Curious 
  • Passionate 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Resilient 
  • Hardworking 
  • A team player 

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200 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 period of employment is 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year if teaching/dutywork is agreed with the department. 

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in biology - NTNU within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. 

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • A CV with information on education, previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records.  
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted. 
  • 1 page statement of skills and research interest  
  • Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a PhD  
  • List of publications or other relevant research work 
  • Names and contact details for 3 references 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt)

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.

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.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Kang Nian (Jeff) Yap, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Mari H.Hansen, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. 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). 

Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 15.08.22

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 Biology 

We work with global challenges in natural diversity, climate, the environment, health and nutrition. Our expertise in biological processes at all levels – from molecules to ecosystems – contributes to a sustainable society. The Department educate graduates for a wide range of careers in public administration, business and academia. The Department of Biology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 15th August 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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