PhD student in the field for new technology for food production

Deadline: 01.06.2021

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 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.

Further information here.

Passion for food production, tomorrow’s food, in particular? – Join us!

About the position

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has vacant a 3-year position for a PhD student. The candidate to be hired will be part of the project “Green technology for plant-based food (GreenPlantFood)”, funded by the Research Council of Norway (NFR 319049), and led by Nofima.

The project involves fundamental science and applied aspects involving several industrial partners. The project is about plant food produced from the combination of pulses and cereals as an attractive alternative to animal-based products.

Main tasks

  • Characterization of biomass using advanced analytics
  • Development of downstream processing pathways, including enzymatic refining of product streams and product purification
  • Enzymatic tailoring of raffinose oligosaccharides into functional prebiotics
  • Fermentation process development
  • Production of microbial biomass in fermenters up to 100 L scale.
  • Write and publish high-level scientific publications

These tasks will be conducted in a vibrant research environment with multiple ongoing projects involving three strong research groups at NMBU and experienced scientists at Nofima. NMBU has excellent research facilities, e.g. a fully developed in-house biorefinery laboratory, highly advanced analytical labs and an advanced fermentation lab.


The successful PhD 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 (B as average grade for the MSc studies, or better) 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.

Required academic qualifications:

  • MSc degree in biotechnology, bioprocess technology, food science or and other relevant area

Experiences and skills in at least two of the following areas are required:

  • Purification and analysis of carbohydrates
  • Applied microbiology
  • Downstream processing of microbial biomass
  • Enzymology, gene cloning and enzyme production
  • Biorefining processes (e.g. ultra/nano-filtration, spray-drying, supercritical phase extraction)

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
  • Genuinely interested in scientific research and its industrial applications
  • Good social and excellent collaborative skills
  • Good communicative skills, orally and written, in English, and, preferably in a Scandinavian language
  • Practical skills

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:

or check out the web-page for the BioRef research group:


Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants


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Application deadline: 01.06.21

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