Researcher in mycology

Deadline: 05.06.2022

Norwegian Veterinary Institute

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a research institute in the areas of animal health, fish health and food and feed safety, whose primary function is supply of research-based knowledge support to the authorities. NVI have a free and independent position in all academic questions. As the authorities' main advisor in topics related to prevention, handling and elimination of zoonosis and serious infectious diseases in fish and land animals, NVI performs an important task to the Norwegian society. NVI also assists in the prevention and management of crises caused by hazardous compounds and contaminants in feed and food. We provide services and advice to the industry, professionals and pet owners. The institute’s headquarters are located in Ås, but NVI is present throughout Norway with 5 regional laboratories in Sandnes, Bergen, Trondheim, Harstad and Tromsø.

At the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, section for chemistry and toxinology, we have a vacant permanent position as researcher in mycology.

The research group currently counts 17 employees and is active in biomedical research and development with a special emphasis on animal health, fish health and feed and food safety. We work in the field of mycology and biotoxins, and have state-of-the-art equipment and broad expertise in analytical methods to study the organisms and their biomolecules, chemistry, mode of action, and ecological roles.

We are performing both fundamental and applied mycological research in a One Health perspective: animal, human and environmental health. We are interested in fungal biology, virulence, AMR and mycotoxin production, and how they affect food and feed safety and animal health. To understand fungal biology and niche specification we use classical mycology methods as well as molecular biology, imaging techniques and analytical chemistry.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is committed to diversity, and we therefore encourage anyone who is qualified to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, ability to function, gaps in CV, nationality or ethnic background.

Work tasks

The position requires an inspiring candidate that is able to work independently within existing projects, but who also can initiate new projects and is able to communicate our work with researchers from other fields.

This includes:

  • molecular mycology research and method development
  • research acquisition and project management
  • supervision of MSc and PhD students
  • communication on both popular science and recognized scientific platforms


PhD in mycology or microbiology with a specialisation in mycology is required for the position. Detailed knowledge and practical experience from relevant molecular mycological analyses and method development will be emphasised.

Excellent written and oral skills in English are required for the position.

We will also emphasize:

  • practical knowledge of relevant fungi
  • insight and understanding of next generation sequencing and relevant bioinformatics tools (including R)
  • experience with project acquisition and management
  • skills in or willingness to learn a Scandinavian language

Personal characteristics

We are looking for a positive, motivated, solution-oriented and enterprising person, who is professionally ambitious, independent and with good collaboration and networking skills.

It is expected that the candidate is innovative and has the ability and willingness to

  • seek and acquire new knowledge (as the field develops very quickly)
  • understand biological issues
  • take advantage of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • communicate mycology on both popular science and recognized scientific platforms
  • communicate chemistry on both popular science and recognized scientific platforms
  • work in a team and to assist colleagues
  • be creative and interested in exploring new technology and in adopting new ways of working and solving problems
  • take personal responsibility for problem-solving and getting things done
  • be able to work independently
  • be able to work closely with people from other disciplines
  • communicate and collaborate

We seek candidates that identify with the Norwegian Veterinary Institute’s core values: future-oriented, ambitious, and interacting.

Personal suitability and motivation for the position will be emphasised.

We offer

  • an interesting position with varied tasks and possibility to grow as a researcher
  • top modern equipment and research labs
  • a work environment characterized by a high level of competence, professional challenges and diversity
  • a flexible and inclusive workplace
  • favourable agreements for loans and pension savings in the Government Pension Fund and for this contribution, 2% of salary is deducted

The position is paid in accordance with the Government's salary regulations. The position is placed as a researcher in position code 1109, 1110 or 1183, depending on qualifications.

If you find the above of interest, we look forward to receiving your application. CV, diploma, certificates and other relevant documents must be uploaded electronically in Webcruiter.

For further information about the position, you are welcome to contact head of section Ida Skaar.

We point out that the CV is used for an extended list of applicants. If you want to be exempted from the public applicant list, this must be justified in the application. Information can be published even if you have requested not to be listed on the applicant list. You will be notified if the request for a reservation is not granted.

Webcruiter ID: 4523837777

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  • Ida Skaar (Head of section), + 47 93022412
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