PhD Position - Faculty of Natural Sciences

Trondheim, Norway
05 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
01 May 2017
NV- 65/17
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund

NTNU seeks a highly qualified, ambitious, and motivated candidate for a PhD position within the field of sustainability analysis and life cycle impact assessment of marine salmon aquaculture system. NTNU Sustainability and NTNU Oceans are two of the strategic research areas across the university created in order to focus and develop NTNU’s contribution to solving major issues facing society. This means national and global challenges where Norway has particular advantages and where NTNU, with our profile and academic strength, can contribute. 

Job description
The PhD candidate will adapt and apply Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impacts of selected aquaculture production systems. This implies exploring impact assessment categories relevant for marine salmon production. LCA will assess today’s production, but also compare different production methods, technologies, and establish different scenarios for the industry.
By performing an LCA on farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar, L) the candidate will scientifically assess environmental aspects and impacts of the existing production systems and provide guidelines for alternative aquaculture systems fulfilling future sustainability expectations, ref Sustainable Development Goals. The results will be used for decision-making and will provide guidelines for industrial producers and management authorities of Norwegian Atlantic salmon. The work will be related to the NTNU Ocean pilot project and to other relevant projects under the umbrella of NTNU Sustainability, see and

The candidate should have a relevant Master’s degree in natural or engineering sciences, such as marine ecology, environmental engineering, or industrial ecology. Strong analytical capabilities and good written and oral communications skills in English are essential. To be qualified for admission to the PhD program at NTNU, the candidate must demonstrate a B average or better (on the European Credit Transfer System -ECTS- grading scale) at the MSc level.
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 successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.
The PhD will be employed at the Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund. The appointment has a duration of 3 years.

Information about the department
The current research fields at the Department includes sustainable salmon farming, marine ingredients, marine environment and medical and marine laboratory technology. The department has a full scale farming licence for salmonids located in a nearby fjord. Information is available on the Departments homepage:

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. 

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

The application
Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV- 65/17

Application deadline:  01.05.17

Further information can be obtained from Associate professor, Anne Stene at Department of Biological Sciences or Associate professor Lars Christian Gansel, NTNU in Ålesund, Tel. +4770161200 E-mail: /

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Ålesund
  • Place of service Ålesund
  • Jobbnorge ID 136878
  • Internal ID NV- 65/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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