Two PhD fellowships - project “FarmMERGE”

Deadline: 28.02.2021


About the position

Two three-year PhD fellowships on the project “FarmMERGE – the relationship between farmer health and work environment, and the health, animal welfare and productivity of their animals” are available at the Faculty of biosciences and aquaculture (Steinkjer) from April 1st 2021. For the right candidate a four-year position, which also includes 25% teaching, supervision and/or administrative duties, may be possible.

Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 11,000 students and 1,300 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 25 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 165 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

The farmer is the single most important factor of good livestock health and welfare. The connections between human and animal health are complex, as are the bonds between animal and owner. In FarmMERGE, we will investigate the connections between the health and work environment of farmers, and the health and welfare of their livestock. We will primarily focus on cattle and swine, but other species may also be included in the project. The goal of the project is to improve the health and welfare of both farmers and livestock.

One PhD candidate will focus primarily on farmer health (Ref.nr. 30098941), and the other candidate will focus on farmer work environment (Ref.nr. 30098941). When placing an application, please indicate which position(s) you apply for. The successful candidates will join a highly motivated, friendly and interdisciplinary research community from universities and other research institutes both in Norway and abroad, and will also work closely with representatives from the Norwegian agricultural industry. The project is funded by the The Agriculture and Food Industry Research Funds and Nord University.

Qualification requirements

By the time you take up the position, you must:

  • Have a master’s degree or equivalent within a relevant discipline, such as veterinary medicine, animal science/livestock science, medicine, psychology, social sciences or public health. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, backgrounds from other disciplines may also be relevant
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential

It is a distinct advantage if you also:

  • Are fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language
  • Have knowledge of and/or experience with Norwegian/Nordic agriculture
  • Have experience with using statistical software
  • As cooperation with the agricultural industry and the other project partners is essential to the project, having good cooperative and communication skills are important

A research stay abroad may be possible for one or both PhD candidates.

The successful candidate will join the the PhD program in Aquatic Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete the study within the three/four-year project period. See link to the current program description. Please note that the PhD program will be broadened in 2021 to reflect the different aspects of research at the faculty.

The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements and participate in the training component stipulated in regulations of the PhD program. Application for admission to the program must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see the current program description.

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, LR 20, NOK 479.600,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale. Suitably qualified candidates may be placed in code 1378.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :


Applications must be submitted electronically by February 28th 2021.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position.
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications).
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts for academic degrees (both bachelor and master degree) and other relevant qualifications
  • Other activity that is considered relevant, such as list of publications and academic work
  • Names and contact details of 1-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Signed consent form (if relevant)

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

Ref.nr. 30098940 / 30098941

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