Postdoctor / Researcher in biogas processes

Deadline: 28.10.2021

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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About The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) employs about 160 people. Currently about 50 PhD students are enrolled into our PhD program. KBM represents a broad range of scientific fields encompassing basic natural sciences such as microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry as well as the application of these towards food chemistry, technology and safety, biotechnology, bioprocessing and environmental issues. The Faculty is responsible for education, research and information within our fields of expertise and also has state-of-the-art instrumentation to perform research within these fields. KBM collaborates in networks and research projects both nationally and internationally.

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Do you want to work with microbial biogas technology?

About the position

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has vacant a 2.5-year position for a post-doctoral researcher or a researcher in the field of biogas processes. The position is part of the research center Bio4Fuels, a national center of excellence focusing on research on biofuels and value- added products from lignocellulosic biomass.

The ambition of the Bio4Fuels Centre is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector through sustainable and economic production of biofuels. Bio4Fuels is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s scheme for Centers for Environmentally-friendly Energy Research (FME).

The research is carried out by seven Norwegian research partners (NMBU, SINTEF, NTNU, NIBIO, RISE-PFI, IFE and USN) in cooperation with more than 40 user partners (leading national and international industries, public bodies, NGOs), as well as leading international research partners. For further information, see this.

Anaerobic digestion is a central research topic in Bio4Fuels, in particular the role of anaerobic digestion in lignocellulosic biorefineries. The candidate will cooperate with other researchers in Bio4Fuels, and work with different biomass fractions originating from other work packages in the Center.

Main tasks

Some of the tasks to be covered by the candidate will be:

  • Anaerobic digestion experiments in batch and CSTRs
  • H2 addition to biogas reactors for gas upgrading
  • Microbial community analysis
  • Analytical work including use of stable isotopes
  • Write and publish high-level scientific publications

The experimental work will be conducted in a well-equipped biogas laboratory including 24 CSTR reactors and analytical tools.

The main purpose of the position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. A PhD degree is therefore required. Teaching or other qualifying work may be part of the contract.


Required academic qualifications:

  • PhD degree in biotechnology and/or bioprocess technology
  • Training and research experience in running fermentors
  • Knowledge of microbial communities
  • Good research performance, preferably documented by high quality scientific publications

Experiences and skills with some of the following topics are desirable:

  • Experience with the use of stable isotopes (C13) during gas monitoring
  • Experience with the use of electrodes and microbial electrosynthesis (MES)
  • Online monitoring and control of biogas reactors
  • Setting up and running different AD reactors and combinations of reactors
  • International experience like research visit to a laboratory abroad

Personal qualities:

We are looking for a candidate who is ambitious, curious, motivated and able to work in a strong research environment.

The ideal candidate will combine the following personal qualities:

  • Hard-working and accurate
  • Creative and independent
  • Genuinely interested in scientific research and its industrial applications
  • Good social and excellent collaborative skills
  • Good communicative skills, orally and written, in English, and, preferably in a Scandinavian language
  • Practical skills

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 for Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77) (NOK 534.400-752.800), or position code 1109 for Researcher, wage framework 24 (salary grade 61-77) (NOK 553.500-752.800) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact professor Svein Horn at [email protected], or check out the web-page for the BioRef research group.

general Information to applicants


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Application deadline: 28.10.2021

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

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 01.11.2021. Please quote reference number 21/05213.

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