Researcher within biochemistry / microbiology

Deadline: 23.01.2022

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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We seek a researcher with a keen interest/experience in; gut microbiology, host-microbiota interactions, microbial community fermentations, advanced analytics

About the position

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has vacant a 2-year position for a researcher in the field of advanced microbiology, fermentation processes, biorefining.

The position is part of “3D-Omics”, a 10 mill EUR H2020 innovation action consisting of 13 international partners which aims to develop, optimise and, for the first time, implement 3D’omic technology in animal production to generate the so-called 3D’omic landscapes, the most accurate reconstructions of intestinal host-microbiota ecosystems ever achieved.

Using two terrestrial production systems, namely poultry and swine, 3D’omics will analyse the effect of a myriad of factors, including animal development, diet, exposure to pathogens and management practices, in the shaping of 3D’omic landscapes.

Through coupling our new technology with cutting edge analyses of animal health and performance, 3D’omics will advance phenotypic variability and genetic evaluations of production animals to a new frontier.

The project will utilize microbiota directed fibers (MDFs) developed in house as well as fluorescent labelled substrates for the direct evaluation of host-microbiota interactions in feeding trials and in-vitro screening of microbial communities utilizing custom made small scale fermentors

The candidate will collaborate with a large team of colleagues at KBM as well as the MEMO group.

Main tasks

  • In vitro fermentations in small scale 50-100mL scale (Anaerobic fermentation)
  • Flow cytometry
  • Microscopy
  • Participate in feeding trials, sampling
  • Follow fermentation processes by advanced HPLC/MS
  • Isolate strains from complex mixed cultures
  • Prepare samples for complex multi-omics approaches


Required academic qualifications:

  • PhD degree in biotechnology and/or microbiology
  • Laboratory skills in microbiology
  • Training and research experience in running fermentations in bioreactors
  • Good research performance during the PhD and, if applicable, as a post-doctoral researcher, preferably documented by high quality scientific publications

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

  • Experience with cultivation of anaerobic bacteria
  • Experience with HPLC/mass spectrometry analysis of (carbohydrates)
  • Flow cytometry and cell sorting
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Experience with animal feeding trials

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
  • Ambitious
  • Genuinely interested in scientific research
  • Good social and collaborative skills
  • Good communicative skills, orally and written, in English, and, preferably in a Scandinavian language
  • Practical/technical skills

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 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.

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Application deadline: 23.01.2022

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 Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 23.01.2022.

Please quote reference number 21/06255

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