Researcher in fish nutrition

Deadline: 15.11.2021

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

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About The Faculty of Biosciences

The Faculty of Life Sciences (BIOVIT) aims to help shape the future food- and bio-production of through teaching and research within biology and sustainable production and use of plants, livestock and fish. The faculty has an annual turnover of approx. 250 million kroner. The faculty is organized into nine research sections: Genome biology, Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology, Ethology and Animal Environment, Nutrition and Physiology, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Protection and Food Crops, Pant Biology and Biotechnology. The faculty has seven large and small research centers and laboratories, including a center for outstanding innovation (CFI) - Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor's and master's degrees in Aquaculture, Biology, Animal Science and Plant science as well as English-language master's degrees in Agroecology, Plant Sciences, Feed Manufacturing Technology and Genome Sciences. The faculty is responsible for PhD degrees in animal science and plant science. The faculty currently has about 550 bachelor and master students and 90 PhD students. The faculty has about 220 employees and its own faculty administration.

We are seeking a researcher in fish nutrition to evaluate the effects of novel feeds based on natural resources on technical feed quality and growth performance, gut function and health in Atlantic salmon.

About the position

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences (IHA), Faculty of Biosciences, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant full-time, 2-year researcher position in fish nutrition, with possibilities for extension depending on available funding.

The researcher will participate in fish experiments funded by various collaborative projects as well as Foods of Norway (www.foodsofnorway.net), a centre for research-based innovation hosted by IHA which comprises partners with broad multidisciplinary expertise from three faculties at NMBU and 19 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.

The position is linked to several of Foods of Norway’s spin-off projects such as Oil4Feed and the Nordic project NORDICFEED which focus on novel proteins produced from natural resources.

The research projects involve evaluating novel fish feed solutions in experiments with Atlantic salmon. The focus will be on ingredient processing, feed optimalization, feed manufacture, technical feed quality, growth performance and fish health. We seek a candidate with experience from nutritional experiments with monogastric animals, preferably fish, and who has documented research experience with processing and nutrition.

Main tasks

Major research tasks in the project will be:

  • To formulate diets and participate in the production of extruded or pelleted fish feed.
  • To design and conduct growth performance and health experiments with Atlantic salmon.
  • To study the impact of novel feed solutions on feed processing and manufacture, fish growth performance and health.
  • To participate in down-stream processing of novel feed ingredients.
  • To process and perform statistical analysis of data.
  • To generate scientific publications.


Required academic qualifications and experience

  • A PhD degree or equivalent in aquaculture, animal or biological science. Candidates from other disciplines, e.g. biorefinery processing or veterinary science, may also be considered.
  • Research experience with nutritional and physiological experiments with farmed monogastric animals or fish, preferably on salmonids.
  • Experience with feed optimalization and feed manufacture.
  • Experience with statistical analysis of data (e.g. use of R, Graphpad, SAS).
  • Hands-on experience with handling of animals/fish, collecting data and sampling of blood, organs and tissues for analysis of biological responses in nutritional studies.
  • Excellent knowledge of oral and written English

Desired experience

Experience with varying ingredient processing methods such as fractionation, air classification, solid state fermentation and some standard and advanced laboratory methods is advantageous.

We are looking for a highly ambitious and creative person with good collaboration skills. It is important that you are organized, work efficiently and can deliver according to goals and milestones of the projects.

The candidate must not have any known allergies that could affect their work with feed, chemicals or fish. Irregular working hours must be expected in periods when experiments are running. A valid Norwegian driving licence is an advantage.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 Researcher, wage framework 24 (salary grade salary grade 59-77) (NOK

534 400-752 800), on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact :

  • Professor Margareth Øverland (Centre director Foods of Norway). E-mail: [email protected]; phone: +47 67232655 or
  • Dr. Liv Torunn Mydland, E-mail: [email protected]; phone: +47-67232635

information to applicants


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Application deadline: 15.11.2021

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 airmail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 15.11.2021.

Please quote reference number 21/04849.

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