PhD Scholar in Microbial Biotechnology – University of Bergen Norway

The position is linked to the R&D-project «Aquafeed Technology Centre» (ATC), funded by the Infrastructure program of the Research Council of Norway to establish a centre for research in the field of bio-resource processing for development of sustainable feed ingredient and feed production technology. Process technology, education, and research and development are central elements. ATC is a collaboration between Nofima AS, University of Bergen (Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Chemistry), NORCE and University of Nottingham (UK).

The main work task will be bacterial and enzymatic decomposition and fermentation of various types of substrates and chemical analyses of products of these processes. Both aerobic and anaerobic conditions as well as a spectrum of different bacteria, including heat-adapted microorganisms and their thermostable enzymes will be used in the experiments. Growth-physiological studies of bacterial cultures will also be part of the project. Nofima AS will be a project collaborator. Shorter travels abroad for project work or conference participation is expected.


  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in microbiology or biotechnology, or must have submitted his/her master’s thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
  • Experience from cultivation and aseptic handling of bacteria is a requirement.
  • Experience with fermentation, bioreactors and analytic chemistry is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.
  • Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.
Publish Date:
Institute Name: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Country: Norway
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