Postdoctoral Position in Hologenomics

Trondheim, Norway
07 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The NTNU University Museum is looking for an energetic and ambitious postdoctoral researcher for a period of up to 3 years, as part of a newly funded EU Research Innovation Actions project awarded to University of Copenhagen, NTNU, and colleagues in Spain, UK and Germany. Starting date 1st of January 2019. The project will explore the interactive effect of the genome and microbiome on salmon and chicken health (HoloFood). This project is built around an international consortium of universities and private industry (Lerøy Seafood Group (Norway), Chr. Hansen A/S (Denmark), Piast Group (Poland)) that will extract and bioinformatically characterise host and gut microbial communities using a combined genomics and transcriptomics approach, so as to decipher the interactions between the two. The ultimate aim is to help tailor the industrial production of both systems through feed manipulation.

Specifically, this three-year postdoctoral position is in salmon hologenomics, and will be exploring the co-interaction of salmon with their gut microbiota, and how this may affect/condition growth and health under the influence of different feed types. Thus we are looking for a motivated, highly organised and collaborative postdoc, whose role will be to lead the generation of the data and its subsequent analysis. This will involve: close coordination with the team at Lerøy A/S who will undertake tank-based feeding experiments; leading the sampling of salmon and microbiota samples from the salmon; generation of genomic, transcriptomic and microbiomic data from the samples; and data analysis in state-of-the-art computational framework.

While the position is principally based in Trondheim at NTNU with Associate Professor Mike Martin, the data generation phase will be in the project’s centralised laboratory facilities at the University of Copenhagen. There Professor Tom Gilbert’s team will coordinate the overall project, establish laboratory and informatics pipelines for the postdoc, and provide onsite training in the laboratory methods. Thus the position will require a 6-12 month stay abroad at the University of Copenhagen during the data generation phase.

Main tasks

  • Coordinate field sampling of salmon genomes, transcriptomes and microbiomes in Norway
  • Conduct high-throughput data generation on genomes, transcriptomes, and microbiomes in Denmark
  • Perform bioinformatics analyses on the data and lead scientific papers
  • Attend annual project meetings and contribute towards scientific reports as required by the EU

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Relevant scientific background: PhD in a topic related to Biology and/or Genetics and/or Microbiology and/or Animal Science, completed by the employment start date
  • Documented evidence (in form of published papers and/or PhD thesis) of experience using state-of-the-art methods in molecular biology
  • Knowledge of the principles of genomics and metagenomics
  • Fluency in English (written, reading, spoken)

Other Qualifications of Considerable Interest

  • Experience with analysing NGS data using Unix command-line tools
  • Ability to collaborate on a large project alongside senior researchers at both academic and industrial partners excellent organizational skills
  • Experience supervising students in NGS laboratory methods
  • Experience with liquid handling robots and NGS sequencing
  • Experience in field work
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills, both verbal and written

The evaluation of candidates will be based on:

  • Submitted documents
  • Scientific publications
  • Application/cover letter including a description of how this position fits the career plan and interests of the applicant
  • Collaborative skills (references)
  • An interview (of short-listed candidates)

Information about the working environment

The Department of Natural History at the NTNU University Museum has 16 faculty positions, 12 PhD students and 16 technical and administrative positions. The department’s research activity is facilitated through two research groups: the Systematics and Evolution Group and the Conservation Biology Group. The Department cooperates formally with the NTNU Department of Biology and is also responsible for teaching biosystematics (systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, floristics, faunistics) at the university.

Further information about the department is available at

The NTNU University Museum is located in historic Trondheim, Norway’s third most populous municipality. Nestled at the meeting of the Nidelva River and the Trondheim Fjord, the mountainous surrounding area boasts many opportunities for hiking, skiing, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Trondheim itself offers exciting activities for students as well as good connections to major European transport hubs. More information about Trondheim can be found here. Information about Norway’s consistent top placement in global quality-of-life rankings can be found here.


The position follows code 1352 Postdoktor, salary grade range 59-77 (minimum gross ca. NOK 515 200 per annum before tax). There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Found from gross salary.

Other information

The terms of employment will be in accordance with existing national regulations of 31 January 2006, with NTNU’s supplementary regulations of 1 August 2012. The best-qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection under the Freedom of Information Act. Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication. The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labour force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Accordingly, immigrants are encouraged to apply for all advertised positions.

Further information about the department and the open position can be obtained from Associate Professor Mike Martin, phone: +47 901 518 50, e-mail, or Head of Department Torkild Bakken phone: +47 911 11 179, e-mail

The application

Applications must be submitted electronically through with the following attachments:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Certificates for Master and Ph.D. degree (if obtained at the time of application)
  3. A list of all scientific publications and other scientific work of relevance (including a short explanation of the applicant’s contribution in cases where there is more than one author)
  4. Contact information for three references
  5. Cover letter and/or statement about how this position would fit career plan and interest of the applicant.
  6. Documentation of English language proficiency (not needed for native English speakers, Scandinavians or people educated in EU/EFTA)

About this job

  • Deadline Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 156015
  • Internal ID 2018/23925
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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