Postdoctoral fellow within Tissue Biomarkers of Gut Health

Deadline: 18.05.2021

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 and 5,200 students. The university is divided into seven faculties and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.

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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 Veterinary Medicine

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at NMBU is the country's only veterinary professional education and provide expertise in veterinary medicine and veterinary public health. The Faculty educates veterinarians, animal nurses and doctoral students in Veterinary Science and researches in veterinary medicine and related biomedical fields. We have 500 students and 430 employees.

The faculty consists of the departments of Preclinical Sciences and Pathology, Paraclinical Sciences, Production Animal Medicine and Sports and Family Animal Medicine. We also run the Animal Hospital, which is closely linked to our research and education, and receives patients from all over the country.

The Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology consists of three sections with more than 80 employees: section for Pharmacology and Toxicology, Section for Food Safety, and Section for Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology.

The Department is responsible for providing research-based teaching of veterinary and veterinary nurse students, and for conducting research on a high international level within food safety and animal health. In addition, the department provides services for public and private organisations.

NMBU currently has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. The Veterinary College is currently on the campus Adamstuen in Oslo, but when the new veterinary building is completed it will be co-located with the other faculties in Ås.

Do you have experience using a microscope? We are looking for someone who can use advanced microscopy to assess tissue biomarkers of gut health in animals and fish.

About the position

The Department of Preclinical Sciences and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2-year Postdoctoral position in Tissue Biomarkers of Gut Health.

The position is placed with the Anatomy unit in the newly completed Veterinary Building at Campus Ås, which is the most advanced life sciences building in Norway. Significant investments have been made in confocal microscopy, laser dissection microscopy and electron microscopy. The equipment park is serviced by a suite of laboratories for histology, immunology, and molecular biology.

The position is linked to “Foods of Norway”, which is a Centre for research-based innovation funded by the Research Council of Norway. The Centre aims to contribute to develop sustainable feed ingredients from natural bioresources that are not suitable for direct human consumption such as forest, seaweed and grass with the help of new technology. The Centre shall also develop robust domestic animals with high feed efficiency for increased production of milk, meat and fish based on local feed resources.

The main purpose of the postdoctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. A PhD degree is required.

Main tasks

The work tasks will be

  • Use of advanced microscopy including confocal microscopy to evaluate tissue biomarkers of gut health in ruminants, monogastric domestic animals and fish fed with novel feed resources.

A further description of the position can be obtained upon request. Contact Prof. Charles McL. Press, (tlf: +47 67232090, e-post: [email protected]. at Department of Preclinical Sciences and Pathology.


Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD (involving histological techniques and evaluations) in anatomy or pathology or related subject.
  • Good knowledge of relevant techniques in advanced microscopy.
  • Good language skills in English, both written and oral.

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience with techniques for quantitative morphology.
  • Knowledge of gross anatomical and/or histopathological evaluation of infectious or production diseases in domestic animals and/or fish.
  • Experience with molecular biological techniques.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Good language skills in Norwegian, both written and oral.

Personal characteristics


  • ability to work independently and effectively
  • good collaboration skills
  • ability to function in research groups
  • personal suitability

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 526.000-744.600), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

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general Information to applicants


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Application deadline: 18.05.2021

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 18.05.2021. Please quote reference number 21/02311.

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