Postdoctoral research fellow within meta-omics analysis of microbial communities

Deadline: 13.03.2021

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Interested in biogas, microbial ecology and modern ‘omics technologies?

About the position

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has vacant a 2-year position for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of meta-omics.

The vacant position is funded by The European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program and will be conducted in the Proteomics and Protein Engineering (PEP) and Microbial Ecology and Meta-Omics (MEMO) research groups. The candidate to be hired will work on the project “PRODIGIO”: Developing early-warning systems for improved microalgae PROduction and anaerobic DIGestIOn .

PRODIGIO will employ multi-omics technologies to examine the interplay between the methane-producing microbiome and process performance during production of biogas. It will go beyond standard omics-style analyses and integrate time-series, metadata (chemical), metagenomics and metaproteomics (multi-omics) in one collective analytical effort and will endeavor to include all microbes from bacterial, archaeal and eukaryotic (protists) origins.

Network analyses of expression data from active microbes experiencing reactor transitions (operational, critical, failure) will be used to identify causative correlations between microbiome structure, relevant process parameters and process performance, in collaboration with international project partners.

The PRODIGIO project consists of eight research partners and the postdoctoral researcher is expected to interact well with the project partners, combining multi-omics research with more applied research topics.

NMBU has a strong research portfolio on biogas microbiology and several other biogas projects are ongoing. There will be opportunities to also be engaged in these other projects. NMBU has a national facility for biogas research including 25 reactors in the 10-20L scale.

Main tasks

Major tasks include:

  • Generation of metagenomics datasets and population genomes associated with biogas reactor microbiomes.
  • Meta-omics based functional characterization of microbiota using metabolic reconstruction and quantitative metaproteomics.
  • Identification of key metabolic pathways and microbial interactions using network analysis and empiric dynamic modelling in collaboration with project partners.

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


Required academic qualifications

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

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

  • Methods for microbial community DNA extraction, shotgun metagenomic sequencing, assembly and binning.
  • Methods for microbial community protein extraction, protein purification and metaproteomic data generation.
  • Bioinformatics analysis of DNA and/or protein data.
  • Bioinformatics processing and analysis of large meta/multi-omics datasets.
  • Fluent programming skills in at least one language.

Desired experiences

  • Experimental work in molecular microbiology.
  • Network-based analysis of multi-omics data.

We are looking for a candidate who is ambitious, curious and motivated to work in a strong research environment. The ideal candidate will be creative, independent and genuinely interested in scientific research. We expect that the candidate will successfully publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed journals. Applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English, and, preferably, in a Scandinavian language.

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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Application deadline: 13.03.2021

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