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.

Forskar i fysiologi hos Atlantisk laks

There is a vacancy for a position as researcher at Department of Biology within the research group of Marine Developmental Biology in the field of fish nutritional physiology for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years and 5 months. The position is linked to nutrient sensing, digestion, appetite and growth in Atlantic salmon.

Project/work tasks
The work aims to investigate how dietary amino acids and fats regulates digestion, daily feed intake and affects the overall metabolism including muscle growth and fat deposition in Atlantic salmon reared under normal and stressed conditions. One of the main aims is to describe how nutrients activates specific chemical/nutrient receptors in the gastrointestinal tract and triggers gut–brain signalling pathways related to appetite, metabolism and growth.

The candidate will characterize chemical sensing receptors (belonging to the G protein coupled receptor family) in the gasrointestinal tract and study the release of gut peptide hormones and the resulting activation of digestive system and gut–brain signalling pathways. The candidate will explore how and to what extent different amino acids, peptides, propteins and fatty acids affects endocrine appetite control (orexigenic and anorexigenic neuropeptides) and feed intake during normal and allostatic conditions and describe the signalling pathways involved in these processes. In addition, the candidate will perform a basic characterization of fatty acids sensors in the gastrointestinal tract and explore how these are linked to afferent signaling pathways involved in control of appetite and growth, gut health and performance. The candidate will perform assays testing different raw materials.


The candidate will use a range of molecular and cellular methods, including cloning, qPCR, cell transfections and receptor activation as well as RNA-seq analysis. The candidate will also possibly use histological techniques such as in situ hybridization or immunohistology.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in physiology, endocrinology, molecular biology, nutrition or other relevant field before the closing date of the application.

  • The candidate should have documented experience that is directly or closely related to the main aims described.

  • The candidate must have working experience with molecular- and cell biology methods and techniques (e.g. cloning, qPCR, ISH, animal cell culture).

  • Experience with RNA-seq analysis is an advantage.

  • Experience with experimental work on fish, preferably Atlantic salmon is an advantage.

  • The applicant must have a great work capacity and enthusiasm for research and be able to work independently as well as in close collaboration with others in a structured manner.

  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Special requirements for the position:

  • The candidate must be able to work in an international research group with partners in USA, Japan and in close contact with the industry. The project may also include the opportunity for a short research/training stay in USA and/or Japan.
  • Due to time constrains in the project the candidate should be able to start in the positon in the early fall (Sept) 

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment
  • starting salary at pay grade 57 (code 1109) upon appointment; currently NOK 490900 gross p.a. Further increases will be made according to 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 

The application must include

  • An account (max 1.5 pages) of the applicant's research background, interests and motivation for applying for this job and with an emphasis on how previous experience will contribute to the successful development of the project
  • the names and contact information of three references. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas
  • relevant certificates/written references
  • List of publications or other relevant scientific work 

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 Ivar Rønnestad (email:

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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    Monday, August 21, 2017
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