Postdoctoral fellows within multi-omics analysis of animals and their microbial communities

Deadline: 28.01.2022

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 1,900 employees of which about 300 phd scholarships and 6,700 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

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About The Faculty of Biosciences and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science

The Faculty of Biosciences (Biovit) and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) educate candidates within biosciences (biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, systems biology, microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics), food and food safety, domestic animals and aquaculture, production technology, botany and nutrition.

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More about Biovit:

Biovit contributes to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research in plants, animals and fish (aquaculture). The research groups are organized in the following sections: Systems Genetics and Bioinformatics, Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Nutrition, Ethology and Animal Welfare, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Plant Protection. The faculty has approximately 220 employees, 650 BSc and MSc students and 60 PhD students.

More about KBM: KBM employs about 140 people. The faculty has approx. 50 PhD students, and ca. 500 BSc and MSc students. KBM covers a wide range of scientific fields within basic natural sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology as well as the application of these towards food chemistry, technology and safety, biotechnology and environmental issues. For further information:

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Interested in host-microbiome-environment interactions and multi-omics data?

About the position

The vacant positions are funded by Horizon 2020 innovation actions and the Novo Nordisk Fonden and are part of a collaboration between several research groups at the Faculty of Biosciences (BIOVIT) and Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Sciences (KBM), mainly the Microbial Ecology and Meta-Omics (MEMO) and Bioinformatics and Applied Statistics (BIAS).

We will hire three postdocs to work on the following projects:

  • “3D-omics” Three-dimensional holo’omic landscapes to unveil host-microbiota interactions shaping animal production. (2.5yr postdoc, KBM-BIAS)
  • SuPA[cow]: Sustainable production of animals by optimizing the feed-microbiome-host axis. (2yr postdoc, BIOVIT)
  • “HoloRuminant” Understanding microbiomes of the ruminant holobiont. (3 yr postdoc, BIOVIT)

HoloRuminant is a 10 mill EUR H2020 innovation action consisting of 25 international partners which aims to characterise the acquisition and evolution of ruminant microbiomes from different body sites, their inheritability and their influence on the host’s resistance to disease and environmental efficiency of production.

Specifically, HoloRuminant will: determine microbiomes’ functions by combining multi-level information for microbes, host and their interaction; define microbiomes’ roles during challenging life periods such as perinatal, weaning, and after exposure to pathogens; and evaluate the effect of ruminant microbiomes on critical phenotypes for sustainable production, health and welfare.

3D’omics is a 10 millEUR H2020 innovation action consisting of 13 international partners which aims to develop, optimise and, for the first time, implement 3D’omic technology in animal production to generate the so-called 3D’omic landscapes, the most accurate reconstructions of intestinal host-microbiota ecosystems ever achieved.Using two terrestrial production systems, namely poultry and swine, 3D’omics will analyse the effect of a myriad of factors, including animal development, diet, exposure to pathogens and management practices, in the shaping of 3D’omic landscapes. Through coupling our new technology with cutting edge analyses of animal health and performance, 3D’omics will advance phenotypic variability and genetic evaluations of production animals to a new frontier.

These projects will all examine the interplay between the environment, microbiome function and host phenotype (where applicable). They will go beyond standard omics-style analyses and integrate metadata, Oxford nanopore metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics layers (multi-omics) in one collective analytical effort and will additionally endeavor to include all keystone microbial genomes from bacterial, archaeal, viral and eukaryotic (fungi and protozoa) origins. Joint network analysis and constraint-based modelling of data from both active gut microbiota and host tissue will attempt to identify key correlations between particular microbial populations and host metabolism, in particular for animals that exhibit varying performance metrics and/or methane levels. Taken together, it aims to integrate meta-data and multi-omics to describe the interplay between feed, host animal and its associated microbiota.

Main tasks

Major tasks include:

  • Analysis and curation of metagenomics datasets and population genomes that are representative of host-associated microbiomes.
  • Functional meta-omics characterization of microbiota using metabolic reconstruction and quantitative metatranscriptomics / metaproteomics.
  • Identification of key metabolic pathways using regulatory network analysis of meta-omics data generated from microbiome(s) as well as host tissues and/or metadata.
  • Generation of a framework for tractable assembly of curated draft biochemical reaction networks that connect microbial functions to specific host phenotypes.


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

The following is required:

  • PhD degree in microbiology/bioinformatics/functional genomics, with specific emphasis on functional host and/or microbial multi-omic data analysis.

Required Postdoc Experiences (you must document experience in at least three of these to apply)

  • Bioinformatics analysis of DNA, RNA and/or protein data
  • Bioinformatics processing and analysis of large meta/multi-omics datasets.
  • Network-based analysis of multi-omics data
  • Constraint-based modelling of multi-omics data
  • Fluent programming skills in at least one language.

Desired experiences

  • Methods for microbial community DNA and RNA extraction, shotgun sequencing, assembly and binning.
  • Methods for microbial community protein extraction, protein purification and metaproteomic data generation.
  • Molecular laboratory and/or animal experimental work
  • Single-cell sorting/sequencing

We expect that the candidates will successfully publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed journals. Applicants must be proficient both written and spoken, in English, and preferably in a Scandinavian language.

Remuneration and further information

Postdoctoral Fellow: wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77 , NOK 534.400 -752,800), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

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Application deadline: 28.01.2022

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