PhD Research Position in Feedback Control of Microorganisms, Fermentation

Trondheim, Norway
06 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD Research Fellow position within fermentation is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of up to a 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties upon agreement with the department. To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. The position is financed by the EU.

Information about the department

The research activity at the Department is extensive, and is organized in research groups. These are Biorefinery and fibre technology, Catalysis, Colloid and polymer chemistry, Environmental Engineering and reactor technology and Process systems engineering.

Further information is available at:

Job description

The Bio-process engineering group in NTNU seeks hard-working, creative persons holding a master degree in control engineering/modelling and/or fermentation, for our new European project “iFermenter”. The applicant will apply real-time feedback control and optimization methods in fermentation of bacteria. We will not only measure and control the traditional fermentation conditions (e.g. temperature, O2, feeding) but we will use novel and exciting tools to acquire measurements from the cell factories themselves: The candidate will work with measurements of real time expression rate and cellular growth values, and will control those to achieve optimal production of rare antimicrobial peptides.

He/she will work with control systems, matlab, microbial fermentation systems, modelling and optimization.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:


The applicant must have an MSc in Chemical Engineering (or equivalent). The candidate should be proficient with documented (courses or master thesis/project work) experience in at least one of the following:

  • aerobic laboratory fermentation of bacteria, including control applications. We accept both process engineers and biotechnologists.
  • process and/or electronics feedback control systems, with good programming skills in Matlab.

The candidate will work in our new real-time feedback control fermentation laboratory in NTNU, using state of the art technology (e.g. mass-spec, HPLC, multiplexer NUMERA system and flow cytometer).

The regulations for PhD program at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies is required. Further requirements are an average grade of A or B for the two last years of the MSc program (within a scale of A-E for passing grades where A is best). 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. It will be considered an advantage to also master spoken and written Norwegian.

We prefer to start the position during June to August 2018, but we will consider other options from excellent candidates.

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

For more details send email to Professor Nadav Bar,, or call +47 46664743.

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 this page.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-13/18

Application deadline: 10.03.18

About this job

  • Deadline Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 147910
  • Internal ID 2018/4615
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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