Three-year PhD fellowship in microalgal biotechnology

[Norway] A three-year PhD fellowship in microalgal biotechnology is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) from 1 September 2016.

About the PhD fellowship

FBA invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year PhD fellowship linked to the project Evaluating and optimising microalgal varieties for aquafeed applications.

In order to supply the aquafeed industry with alternative protein and lipid sources, it is necessary to identify strains of microalgae that possess good nutritional profiles. The PhD project aims to optimize the nutritional value of selected strains of microalgae by performing physiological and kinetic studies. The underlying physiological and metabolic processes will be examined using molecular and biochemical techniques. This project will be undertaken in close collaboration with the Bioprocess Engineering Division at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The project shall enable the student to build a career in the advancing field of microalgal biotechnology.

Qualifications and requirements

The candidate should have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant for the project – microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, bioengineering, or biochemistry. The grades at the qualifying MS examination needs to be C or better (ECTS scale from A-E) with exam date preferable no later than 15 July 2016.

Proficiency in oral and written English is essential and must be documented either by the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or internationally recognized certificates, such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL or similar. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be beneficial for the position.

Candidates with hands-on experience in one or more of the following techniques – microalgal culture, cell culture, flow cytometry, cell imaging, molecular biology techniques, gas chromatography or high performance liquid chromatography – would be considered for the position. Knowledge on the value of microalgae as food and feed is desirable.

The successful candidate will join the PhD programme in Aquatic Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete a doctorate within the three-year project period. The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements of this PhD programme at FBA and participate in the training components stipulated in regulations of the PhD programme. Application for admission to the programme must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see our web page.

We are looking for highly motivated, creative and ambitious applicants with an excellent academic record and the ability to collaborate with other members of a multidisciplinary team whilst developing their own research project.

Salary and Working Conditions

The salary for PhD candidates is set at wage level 50 in the Norwegian State Salary Scale (approximately NOK 430 500 per year).

As an employee at the Nord University you become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and you will also get access to other social benefits. A statutory amount to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will automatically be deducted from the salary.

The successful person must abide by the laws, agreements and directives that apply to the position at any time. According to the employment policy of the institution, our staff should reflect the population in general. We encourage candidates with minority background to apply for the position. The University practices moderate allocation according to sex quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for the Civil Service.

Contact Information

For further information about the position, please contact:

Professor Kiron Viswanath (email: [email protected] )

Questions related to the application process should be addressed to the office manager Irene Stork Wisth (email: [email protected]; telephone +47 75 51 74 42).

The Faculty has as policy to evaluate relevant enclosed documentation. The evaluation will be done by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education – NOKUT. The evaluation will be used in connection with admission to a PhD program. Applicants with foreign education have to fill in and sign a consent form from NOKUT.


Applications must be submitted electronically by Monday, 9 May 2016.

Applicants for this position are requested to include the following information:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for this position, relevant experience and how she/ he will contribute to the successful implementation of the project outlined above (maximum 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (maximum 3 pages)
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for at least two referees
  • Signed consent form PhD

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit the complete documentation within this deadline.

After expiry of the application deadline a publicly available applicant list will be announced. Here we would like to draw attention to the fact that information about the applicant can be published, even if the applicant wishes this information to be left out. Nevertheless, applicants asking for confidentiality must specifically explain the reasons for this in their application. In this case, the applicants will be given notice prior to the announcement. 30020711


Søknadsfrist: 09.05.2016

Kontakt: Professor Kiron Viswanath
E-post: [email protected]

Kontakt 2: Irene Stork Wisth (Office manager)
Telefon: +47 75 51 74 42
E-post: [email protected]


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