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Department of Biology 

PhD position in reproductive physiology of lumpfish

A PhD position in reproductive physiology of lumpfish Cyclopterus lumpus is available at the Department of Biology with starting date as soon as possible. The appointment is for 3 years with the possibility of up to one year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

The position is part of a newly established “Joint PhD degree” between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and this project will be in close co-operation with both. On a daily basis you will work in an active research environment at NTNU Department of Biology within the Marine Science Group, and with a close affiliation to the Fish Biology Group at DTU. The PhD degree will be fully joint degrees from both universities. The project will primarily be carried out at NTNU with periodic stays at DTU. The position is financed by NTNU and will be organized as a part of the NTNU funded pilot research program “Environmental interactions of sea based aquaculture”, where PhDs and postdocs from different departments will cooperate with research focus on aquaculture environmental interactions.

Information about the department

The strategy of the Department of Biology is to understand biological processes of life to preserve the environment. The current research fields at the Department include aquaculture, ethology, evolutionary biology, environmental toxicology, plant and animal physiology, marine biology, molecular biology, natural resource management and general ecology. Further information about the department can be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/biology

Project description

To combat sea lice is one of the major issues facing the salmon industry today. Cleaner fish such as lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) can effectively feed on lice on the salmon, and lumpfish is often preferred as they also feed on sea lice even at low temperatures. With increased demand for cleaner fish, year around supply of lumpfish of the right size necessitates adequate broodstock spawning at predictable periods. To achieve this, knowledge on basic lumpfish reproductive physiology is needed.

The PhD project will focus on gamete development, reproductive physiology, and determinants of egg and larval quality of lumpfish. Emphasis will also be on the emerging insight into maternal cytoplasmic factors that besides genetic and nutrient content play an important role in the early cell cleavages and influence embryonic developmental success.


The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in aquaculture, marine biology, marine biotechnology or equivalent. The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies, and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best), for the two last years of the MSc is required.

We are looking for a candidate who has a solid basis in animal physiology and molecular biology, and with an understanding of aquatic sciences. Experience in planning and conducting experimental work is an advantage. Flexibility in relation to shifting working places (NTNU, DTU Aqua, field work) is required.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from professor Elin Kjørsvik, Department of Biology, NTNU, Tel. +47 73 59 63 13 / +47 918 97 578, e-mail: elin.kjorsvik@ntnu.no

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this site. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-01/17

Application deadline: 31.01.17

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