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3-year doctoral fellowship / PhD schoralship in Biotechnology

Deadline: 22.12.2019

About the position

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences is currently building a strong, internationally recognized milieu in biotechnology. The university houses and operates modern laboratory facilities in close collaboration with industrial partners in the Biohus building in Hamar, Norway.


Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology

Position available: PhD scholarship in reproduction biotechnology directed towards bovine andrology with emphasis on factors affecting semen production, sperm quality and fertilizing potential, for the period 01.03.2020-28.02.2023

About the department

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally. We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

The Department of Biotechnology is composed of 23 faculty and staff members. We provide instruction for the PhD-programme in Applied Ecology and Biotechnology, our highly successful Master’s programme in Applied & Commercial Biotechnology and a one-year add-on programme in biotechnology that allows students to qualify for our Master’s programme; exchange students from the EU's Erasmus programme also enrol in modules of the one-year programme.

Department of Biotechnology is part of the NCE Heidner Biocluster, and we are collaborating closely with several Heidner companies, especially within animal and plant breeding.

The research profiles of Department of biotechnology can be roughly divided into four core areas:

  • Reproduction biotechnology, focusing on technological and biological approaches to reveal factors affecting fertility across species and kingdoms. Gametes from animals, aquatic organisms and plants are characterized to identify phenotypic traits important to fertilizing capacity.
  • Molecular Genetics in Diagnostics, Breeding and Wildlife Management, focusing on functional genomics and development of new DNA technologies for genotyping animals, plants, humans and microbes associated with them.
  • Biodiscovery, focusing on production and conversion of renewable biological resources and rest raw materials to value added products by fermentation, pre-treatment and extraction, purification of proteins and other biologicals, and enzyme-based biomass conversion.
  • Bioinformatics focusing on analysis and interpretation of omics data, through a combination of bioinformatics and machine learning tools and algoritms. Our special field of interest is early diagnostics of antimicrobial resistance. Also, bioinformatics plays a central role in a number of our other projects.

The field

A three-year Ph.D. position is available at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. The scholar appointed will work within a project team with competence in fertility, spermatology, embryology, cell biology, bioinformatics and molecular biology. The main goal with the project is to develop new generic knowledge by identifying e.g sperm traits, epigenetic and metabolomic signatures associated with andrology focusing on semen production capacity, fertility and genetics. The project will be in close cooperation with Geno, the national breeding company for cattle. Geno has through decades conducted systematic breeding of cattle, including focus on fertility. Lately, genomic selection has been introduced in their breeding program, meaning younger bulls are introduced heavily in semen production.

Retrospective unique large datasets on e.g. performance test

The position

The appointment will be for three years. The scholar will be enrolled in our doctoral degree program in Applied Ecology and Biotechnology. There will be cooperation with SLU and possibility for staying abroad.


Applicants should have an academic background qualifying them to carry out research in the field in question, and to embark on doctoral studies. The candidate should have a Master’s degree in reproduction biotechnology or animal breeding and genetics, and/or statistics and preferably bioinformatics, or other relevant qualifications. Candidates should have an interest in the biology of fertility and animal breeding. A panel of experts within the appropriate disciplines will evaluate the applicants.

The evaluation of candidates will consider education, experience, publishing, personal traits, motivation and the qualifications required and desired in the announcement.

How to apply

The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following:

  • Application letter
  • CV (education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and list of references
  • A complete list of publications

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

We offer

  • An academically stimulating work environment with engaged colleagues and a growing institution.
  • A beautiful campus, situated in peaceful surroundings with train access to both cities and airports.
  • Good welfare benefits.
  • Good pension benefits, under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds.
  • A pay grade of LT 54 (NOK 479 600,- p.a)

Further information

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