PhD Research Fellowship within molecular microbiology - 18/05446

Application deadline: 09.11.2018

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About the position

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position in molecular microbiology, infection biology and sequence analysis.

Staphylococcus aureus is a commensal human and animal pathogen, which is shortlisted as one of the major bacterial threats due to the spread of antibiotic resistance. Understanding the cell biology and cell surface biology of this bacterium is critical to identify novel antibacterial targets and to understand pathogenesis.

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About KBM

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) employs about 160 people. Currently about 50 PhD students are enrolled into our PhD program. KBM represents a broad range of scientific fields encompassing basic natural sciences such as microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry as well as the application of these towards food chemistry, technology and safety, biotechnology, bioprocessing and environmental issues. The Faculty is responsible for education, research and information within our fields of expertise and also has state-of-the-art instrumentation to perform research within these fields. KBM collaborates in networks and research projects both nationally and internationally.

Further information:

In this PhD project, next-generation sequencing-based genetic screens will be established in S. aureus. The genetic screening systems will be utilized to identify cell cycle and cell surface factors of S. aureus contributing to infection. These factors will further be subjected to functional studies. High-throughput sequencing approaches and sequence analysis combined with genetics, biochemical and cell biology techniques will be applied.

This 3-year PhD project is funded by NMBU. The PhD candidate will be a part of the research group Molecular Microbiology, which have multiple ongoing projects related to molecular mechanisms in the Gram-positive bacteria S. aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. See also:

Main tasks

- Establish novel genetic screens in S. aureus

- Next-generation sequencing and sequence analysis

- Genetics and biochemistry work in S. aureus

- Write and publish scientific publications

The purpose of the PhD fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at KBM.

Academic Qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in microbiology, biotechnology, microbial genetics, or similar field.
  • Knowledge and interest for high-throughput sequence analysis.

The following qualifications will be considered beneficial:

  • Experience in genetics work on staphylococci or other Gram-positive bacteria.
  • Experience in working with high-throughput sequence analysis.

Required personal skills:

  • Interest and motivation for the research
  • Hard-working
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Written and oral communication skills

Remuneration and information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow, wage framework 20 (salary grade 36-62). PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 51 (NOK 449 400,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

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Application deadline: 09.11.2018

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses).

Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency. Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 09.11.2018. Please quote reference number 18/05446.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

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