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.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in microbiology at Department of Biology, University of Bergen

A vacancy is open for a postdoctoral research fellow in microbiology at Department of Biology, University of Bergen, within the research group General Microbiology. The position is for a period of 3 years and is funded by the FRIPRO program of the Research Council of Norway.


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. Travels abroad for project work is expected. The work will also involve scientific reporting, preparation of manuscripts and co-supervision of students also working within the framework of this project.


About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is three years. If the appointee lack teaching experience, the employment period may be increased to up to three years and three months, where the three extra months are funded by the department. Teaching and other duties of the department, will in that case be added as duties of the position. Individuals cannot be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.


After appointment, the project plan, including a schedule, must be prepared in cooperation with the project manager/supervisor. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within a relevant area, e.g. in microbiology or molecular biology, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • Experience from work with microorganisms and relevant molecular biology approaches e.g. gene technology, whole genome analysis, heterologous gene expression, protein biochemistry, transcriptomics or genetic analyses of prokaryotes will be considered favorable.

  • Ability to conduct independent research; work in a structured manner, and to cooperate nicely with others.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352/Pay range 24, alternative 1) in the state salary scale. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority.

  • 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 your research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

  • The names and contact information for two reference persons; one of them should be the main advisor of your PhD programme.

  • CV

  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.

  • Relevant certificates/references.

  • 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 via email 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 the 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 successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.



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  • Deadline
    Monday, May 1, 2017
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