Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) - Researcher position in cell biology and immunology in relation to animal nutrition and health – Ref. no. 17/05704

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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Researcher position in cell biology and immunology in relation to animal nutrition and health – Ref. no. 17/05704

Application deadline: 22nd December 2017

The Faculty of Biosciences ( ) contributes to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research in plants, animals and fish (aquaculture). The Faculty is organised in two departments:

Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences (IHA) and Department of Plant Sciences (IPV).

IHA is currently inviting applications for a full-time, 2-year researcher position, with possibilities for extension depending on available funding. The position is jointly funded by Foods of Norway, a prestigious Centre for Research-based Innovation, and the project “FeedMileage - Efficient use of feed resources for a sustainable Norwegian food production”, funded by the Research Council of Norway and closely tied in with Foods of Norway.

FeedMileage aims to improve utilization of national fibre-rich feed resources, increase genetic robustness and improve gut health of the animals. A further goal is to reduce the environmental impact of this production sector through lowered greenhouse gas emissions and reduced nutrient excretion.

The project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Biosciences (host) and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at NMBU.

Foods of Norway ( ) is hosted by IHA and comprises partners with a broad multidisciplinary expertise from three faculties at NMBU and 18 research and innovation partners from the forestry, aquacultural and agricultural sectors. Foods of Norway’s goal is to make Norwegian fish and animal farming industries more competitive and innovative by developing novel feed ingredients from bioresources and ensuring efficient feed resource utilization.



Research project

The position involves evaluating bioactive compounds from natural sources in relation to animal nutrition and health. The candidate will be mainly associated with work package 4 in the FeedMileage project and work package 2 and 3 in Foods of Norway that focus on evaluating the effect of diets based on novel feed ingredients on growth performance and health of farmed fish and monogastric animals.



Main tasks

  • Evaluate, establish and conduct in vitro and ex-vivo methods to assess the health effects of novel functional materials from natural sources in Atlantic salmon and other monogastric animals.
  • Establish cell lines from salmonids.
  • Participate in in vivo experiments, i.e., involved in planning, sampling, and sample processing and analyses.
  • Generate scientific publications.

Academic qualifications

  • A doctoral (PhD) degree in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology or related disciplines.
  • Experience with cell/tissue culture work.
  • Experience with standard immunological and imaging techniques (e.g., flow cytometry, confocal and fluorescent microscopy, immunohistochemistry) as well as experience with processing and analyses of such data.
  • Experience in working with fish or farm animals, including dissection and isolation of primary cells.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in protein analyses (e.g., Western, IP-Western, ELISA) as well as DNA-/RNA-based methods.
  • Course in Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers (Felasa C).


Additional qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in chromatographical techniques and biochemical assays is also advantageous.
  • The candidate must not have any allergies that could affect their work with feed, chemicals or fish or farm animals.
  • Strong proficiency in English (oral and written).


Personal skills

We are seeking a highly ambitious, creative candidate with the potential to become a top research scientist. The successful candidate will have team-work aptitude and good communication skills.


NMBU offers:

  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.


The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 Researcher, wage framework 24, salary grade 57-77 (NOK 490.900-722.400) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

Further information




To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline:22nd December 2017

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 Biosciences P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 22nd December 2017Please quote reference number 17/05704.


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: 22.12.2017

Kontakt: Prof Margareth Øverland
Telefon: +47 6723 2655

Kontakt 2: Dr. Liv Torunn Mydland
Telefon: +47 6723 2635