Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) - Postdoctoral fellow - Honey bee disease ecology – 18/01556

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.

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Postdoctoral fellow - Honey bee disease ecology – 18/01556

Application deadline: 28.03.2018

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3 year postdoctoral position. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) has about 200 employees and undertakes teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, nature based tourism. The faculty has ca. 600 students, and approximately 90 PhD-students. The employees of the faculty are significant participants in their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally and have a high level of scientific production. For more information:

Research Project

We will conduct basic research required for a vaccination program for honey bees. Honey bees are essential pollinators in many agricultural systems. A considerable number of colonies are lost each year to disease. Bee queens can protect offspring against pathogens with maternal factors transferred to bee eggs (trans-generational immune priming). We will study this priming mechanism, how the offspring is affected by queen vaccination, and the economic benefits of vaccination for the beekeeping industry. The project may involve academic patenting.

Main tasks

  • Resolve mechanisms relevant to trans-generational immune priming
  • Conduct and supervise experiments involving microbes
  • Publish research
  • Facilitate academic patenting if relevant
  • Obtain biological material from international partners
  • Coordinate international collaboration
  • Co-supervise PhD student (to be hired in 2018)

Academic Qualifications

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions.

Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD in insect physiology, insect microbiology, or a related field
  • Wet-lab experience documented with publications
  • Research experience with insect and/or microbial molecular biology
  • Knowledge about insect pathogens and/or symbionts
  • Exposure to student supervision or assistant teaching
  • Experience with traditional statistical methods and/or bioinformatics

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Specialization in insect immunology or microbiolog
  • Research experience with social insects, incl. honey bees
  • Research experience with gene- or protein analysis
  • International research experience
  • Experience with stakeholder communication
  • Knowledge about microbial genetics

Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • Independent
  • Collaborative

Desired personal skills

  • Excellent communicator
  • Interest in teaching/instruction
  • Desire to lead

NMBU offers:

  • An academic institution with a strong focus on environmental sciences and dedication to professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that offers exciting research and development opportunities.
  • An attractive benefits package and welfare schemes.
  • Attractive combination of rural surrounding and proximity to Norway’s capital city, Oslo.
  • Opportunities for outdoor activities with access to excellent hiking areas around Oslo and proximity to the Oslo fjord.
  • A new facility for honey bee research
  • Possibility for a place in a private kindergarten


The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 57-63), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position

Further information

For further information, please contact project leader, researcher and professor Gro Vang Amdam ( )


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Application deadline: 28.03.2018

Key publications

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, by 28.03.2018Please quote reference number 18/01556

Verified testimonies, certificates

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

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Søknadsfrist: 28.03.2018

Kontakt: Professor Gro Vang Amdam