PhD fellowship on fish genomics and transcriptomics

Deadline: 21.03.2019

About the position

A PhD fellowship is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) on genomic and transcriptomic differentiation of lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) in the North Atlantic.

The position is for 3 years and will be available from 1st March 2019.

Anthropogenic disturbance of aquatic ecosystems is increasing, with ecosystem level effects attributed to translocations and escape of hatchery stocks. Consequent introgressions can radically alter characteristics, fitness, and persistence of natural endemic populations. Lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) are hatchery reared as salmon cleaner fish. Using novel transcriptomic and genomic approaches you will investigate adaptation to a semi-pelagic habit in the lumpfish phylogeny, and consider the potential for introgression of translocated commercial stocks to disturb the population genomics and local adaptation of natural populations.

Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,200 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people who promote 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. The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture has 900 students and 150 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare.

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Qualification requirements

We are looking for motivated and creative applicants with a strong academic record and the ability to collaborate with other members of an international multidisciplinary team, whilst developing their own research project.

The grades at the qualifying MSc examination need to be C or better (ECTS scale from A-E) to be admitted to the program.

At the time of taking up the appointment, the successful candidate should have completed an MSc degree in a relevant field, such as Animal sciences, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Ecology, or Aquaculture, a good working knowledge of bioinformatics is essential.

The candidate should have prior practical experience of basic laboratory skills related to molecular biology, population genetics, physiology, or metabolism, and be able to conduct in vivo trials in both laboratory as well as production animals.

Knowledge of English and good collaborative skills are essential. For non-native speakers proficiency in oral and written English should be documented either by the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or internationally recognized certificates, such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL or similar. Skills in Scandinavian language is an advantage for the position.

The selected candidate will join the PhD programme in Aquatic Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete a doctorate within the three-year project period. The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements of this PhD programme at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture and participate in the training components stipulated in regulations of the PhD program. Application for admission to the programme must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see our see our web page.

We offer

The annual salary for PhD candidates is set at wage level 51 (approximately 449 400,-) in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

As an employee at the Nord University, the Fellow will become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and will get access toother social benefits. A statutory amount to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will automatically be deducted from the salary.

  • 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 recording whether this target is achieved or not.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :


Applications must be submitted electronically by 19.02.2019

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for this position (one page), and a project outline based on the project (maximum 2 pages) must be submitted.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (maximum 3 pages)
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for 2 - 3 references
  • 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.
  • 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 deadline, an applicant list will be announced publicly. Applicants asking for confidentiality must specifically explain the reasons for this in their application. Even so, the information can be published if the reasons for confidentiality are not found relevant. In such the case, an applicant will be given notice prior to the announcement, and he/she will have opportunity to withdraw the application.

Refnr. 30072037

Applicationdeadline: 21.03.2019

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