Postdoctor in comparative genomics

Deadline: 01.11.2021

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.

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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.

Do you want to help us expand our knowledge about eukaryote genomes?

About the position

The Department of Animal and aquacultural sciences, Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2 year Post Doctoral–position related to comparative genomics.

The research project

The selected candidate will work on genome assemblies and functional omics data generated within the project EBP-Nor. This project aims to sequence and explore the genome diversity of eukaryote species found in and around Norway. EBP-Nor is a Norwegian contribution to the global effort to sequence all eukaryotic life on earth.

This Post Doctoral–position is placed in the Genome Biology research group, which has a particular focus on production biology species within EBP-Nor. This includes aquaculture seaweed and fish, as well as a range of fungi used for biotechnological production.

The selected candidate is therefore expected to address key knowledge gaps in the genome biology and evolution of the focal production biology genomes in the EBP-Nor project. Yet, within this general production biology framework, we expect the candidate to lead and develop their own research program in collaboration with the larger project team.

The research group

The successful candidate will join the multidisciplinary Genome Biology research group, which possess expertise in genetics, evolutionary and comparative genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology. This group includes 2 full-time professors, 2 associate professors, 22 postdocs/researchers, 13 PhD students and 10 research technicians. The group has a track-record in high-impact publishing and development of invaluable genomic resources for agricultural and marine species.

Main tasks

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions.

The candidate will:

  • participate in administration and organization of data generation activities within the EBP-Nor project
  • design and perform large scale comparative genomics analyses to address key knowledge gaps related to the biology or evolution of key production biology species sequenced by EBP-Nor
  • disseminate research in leading scientific journals in the field


Required qualifications and competences:

  • A PhD in genomics, bioinformatics, genome science or similar
  • Track record in large scale comparative genomics research
  • Fluency in at least one programming language (e.g. R, python, perl, etc)

Desired qualifications and competences:

  • Experience with analyses that integrates functional omic’s data in a comparative genomics framework
  • Strong statistical skillset
  • Experience with genome assembly and annotation
  • experience in contributing to the design / writing of research projects

Personal skills:

  • Ability for independent work displaying initiative and careful creative thought.
  • Analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • Good collaborative/social skills
  • Applicants must be proficient in English, both written and spoken.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77) (NOK 523.200-741.300), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

See also srsandve.org and cigene.no for more information of the research activities at the Genome Biology research group.

Pursuant to the Personal Data Act, we will hereby notify you that the report of the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Simen Rød Sandve, Associate Professor, E-mail: [email protected]; phone +47 94870082

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants


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Application deadline: 1/11.2021

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Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 01.11.2021. Please quote reference number 21/05072.

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