University of Bergen

Department of Biology

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Research fellow (PhD candidate) in microbiology at the Department of Biology

A vacancy for a PhD position is available in microbiology at the Department of Biology, University of Bergen, within the research group General Microbiology. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years.


About the project/work tasks

The position is linked to the research project «Methane oxidation by extremophilic Verrucomicrobia adapted to geothermal environments», funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project aims to enhance the basic understanding of the mechanism, regulation and evolution of biological methane oxidation, with focus on heat- and acid-adapted («thermo-acidophilic») methanotrophic bacteria thriving in volcanic environments.


Work tasks will include growth-physiology and molecular studies of extremophilic methane oxidizing bacteria belonging to the phylum Verrucomicrobia and their key enzymes for methane oxidation. Shorter travels abroad for project work or conference participation is expected.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Master's degree or the equivalent in microbiology or molecular biology, 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 work with microorganisms and relevant molecular biology approaches e.g. gene technology, whole genome sequence analysis, heterologous gene expression and transcriptomics will be considered favorable.

  • Ability to work independently and in a structured manner, and cooperate with others simultaneously.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

About the PhD position

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 percent comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.


About the research training

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational program for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD program at the University of Bergen.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.

  • Salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

  • Good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.

  • CV

  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.

  • Relevant certificates/references.

  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.


General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Nils-Kåre Birkeland.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The awarded applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Sunday, April 9, 2017
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    University of Bergen
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