PhD Research Fellowship in Molecular Biology / Marine Biochemistry / Biotechnology

Trondheim, Norway
10 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

One PhD position is available at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science. The PhD position has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties, it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language).

Job description
The position is one of several in the multidisciplinary project AurOmega financed by the Research Council of Norway (Digital life program). In this research project, we will make an integrated effort across the disciplines of synthetic biology, systems biology, bioprocess technology, and mathematical modelling for sustainable production of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA using thraustochytrids as production organisms. The long chain omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) are essential for most vertebrates including humans. To meet the demands of a growing human population, it is necessary to develop new sources for these fatty acids, and AurOmega explores the use of thraustochytrids to reach this goal. The PhD student employed will be responsible for creating mutant strains as suggested by the mathematical modelling, but will also participate in transcriptome and metabolome analyses. He or she will work in close collaboration with the rest of the project team.
Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:

Information about the department
Currently the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science has 50 permanent employees, 35 in scientific positions and 15 in technical/administrative positions. Around 35 PhD research fellows and 10 postdoctoral researchers are currently appointed at the department. The research activity at the department has a broad focus and covers many areas within biotechnology and food science. Further information is available at:

The applicant for the PhD position must have an MSc (or equivalent) in biotechnology, microbiology or related disciplines, and a documented background in cloning in microorganisms and other experimental work relevant for the project. Background in metabolic engineering, microbiology and development of genetic tools will be considered an advantage. 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 regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required. 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 position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test.  Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

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.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The positions are remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Helga Ertesvåg, Tel. +47 735 98678, E-mail:

Further information about the Department can be found at

The application
Applications with CV, certificates from Bachelor and Master. All publications and other scientific works which the candidate wants to form part of the evaluation, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted.

In addition, the application must include a letter describing the candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position.

Applications must be submitted electronically through
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
The reference number of the position is: NV-87/17
Application deadline: 05.07.2017


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    Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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