PhD fellowship in Exploring the role of mitochondria in inflammation

Deadline: 15.12.2021


Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.

In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.

Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 25 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 160 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

PhD fellowship in Exploring the role of mitochondria in inflammation – the zebrafish model

About the position

A 3-year PhD fellowship is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway).

The position is with the the Algal and Microbial Biotechnology Research Group and is linked to the EU Horizon 2020 project Algae4IBD that aims to develop commercial products for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) prevention and treatment, tapping into the potential of bioactive compounds derived from micro- and macroalgae. The PhD project will partly be carried out at the Sphingolipids, Natural-biocompounds and Immune Modulation Laboratory, MIGAL Applied Research Institute, Israel.

Mitochondria are complex organelles that are crucial for several cellular processes. These cellular components are known to communicate with the host gut microbiota, and the crosstalk can affect host health. Furthermore, bacterial metabolites can impact the mitochondrial dynamics in the intestinal epithelial cells and immune cells and sway the metabolic fitness of the host. This inter communication between the mitochondria and the microbiota of the host can be more critical during intestinal inflammation. The PhD project is intended to explore this link, and the effect of dietary algal compounds employing the zebrafish toolbox.

Qualification requirements

  • MSc degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology or related disciplines
  • Grade average of B or better both for the entire MSc programme and the master’s thesis
  • Laboratory skills in molecular biology and microbiology (transcriptome/genome)
  • Bioinformatic analyses of high throughput data
  • Organized and rigorous in conducting research
  • Ability to work within a collaborative and interdisciplinary team
  • Self-motivated, with excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements and participate in the training component stipulated in regulations of the PhD program

Application for admission to the program must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see our web page.

Other desirable qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field – molecular biology, biotechnology, genetic engineering
  • Experience in writing scientific articles
  • Research project experience, particularly working in zebrafish facilities and rearing fish and sampling, cell culture techniques and next generation sequencing
  • Additional documented professional training in the field of expertise

The faculty is international with English as a common working language. Applicants who already have a PhD in life sciences are not eligible.

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, LR 20, NOK 491.200,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an internal expert committee. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. The cover letter and the short project description are essential for assessment of a candidate.

Relevant applicants will be invited for an interview, trial lecture or other presentations.

The Faculty reserve the right not to hire applicants who may be scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational background or personal characteristics


Applications must be submitted electronically by 15.12. 2021

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position.
  • A short project description (not exceeding 3 pages) based on the theme of the announced position, including the theoretical basis and intended methodology.
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications).
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts for academic degrees (both bachelor and master degree) and other relevant qualifications
  • Other activity that is considered relevant, such as list of publications and academic work
  • Names and contact details of 1-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Signed consent form PhD (if relevant)

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

Refnr. 30128734

Søk på stillingen


Powered by Labrador CMS