PhD scholarship within poultry nutrition

Deadline: 01.07.2021

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 and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities.

More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

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.

Interested in improving broiler nutrition through improved composition and structural properties of the diet?

About the position

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD position related to broiler nutrition in the project ‘Increased SUStainability through a higher use of barley and oats in BROILer production (SUSBROIL)”, which is financed by the Norwegian Research Council in cooperation with Norwegian poultry industry.

The PhD-work will be related to improving our understanding of digestion dynamics of broiler chickens.

Specifically, the aim is to improve our understanding of mechanisms governing the tremendous capacity of broiler chickens to digest and absorb large quantities of the macro nutrients, and factors related to structure which will affect this capacity. This topic will be studied in a project where the content of non-starch polysaccharides and the structure of broiler diets will be manipulated, and where the aim is to optimize broiler diets to rations with a higher fibre content.

Main tasks

  • Study the literature in relation to the topic, and develop new analytical methods if needed for a successful assessment of small intestinal digestion dynamics
  • Plan and carry out animal experiments using broiler chickens at NMBU
  • Analyze samples and interpret results
  • Write 3-5 peer-reviewed papers which will be the basis for the PhD thesis

Attend and pass obligatory PhD courses

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with an aim of completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.


The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.The applicant must document competence and interest in the research area.

Required Academic qualifications

  • Master degree in nutrition, animal science, feed technology or other relevant fields
  • Strong communication skills in English, written and spoken

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience with carrying out animal experiments, ideally within nutrition and with poultry
  • Experience with working in a laboratory, preferably related to nutritional analyses

You need to:

  • Be highly motivated for a PhD education within the area of this position
  • Have a strong analytical capability, and an interest and talent for research and academic work
  • Have good collaborative skills and ability to work independently

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 482.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment, and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact:

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 1st July 2021

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline.

The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 1st July 2021. Please quote reference number 21/01124.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

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