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PhD positions in "Salmon lice biology and ecology"

Two PhD positions are available at the Department of Biology. The appointment has duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.
The positions are financed by the aquaculture sector in Central Norway and forms part of the NTNU OCEAN Pilot Programme “Environmental Interactions of Sea-based Aquaculture”.

Information about the department
The strategy of the Department of Biology is to understand biological processes of life for sustainable use and conservation of the environment. The Department has an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is deeply rooted in environmental and evolutionary biology as important links between the different sub-disciplines (cell- and molecular biology, systems biology, physiology, ethology, ecology, population genetics, marine sciences, aquaculture, biodiversity and environmental toxicology). For more information about the department go to: http://www.ntnu.edu/biology 

Job description
The PhD projects form part of the research program “Taskforce salmon lice” established by NTNU and the aquaculture sector in Central Norway, organized under NTNU OCEAN Pilot Program “Environmental Interactions of Sea-based Aquaculture”. The main objective of the research program is to establish better fundamental knowledge on the mechanisms whereby salmon lice spread within farmed stocks of salmon, within wild stocks of salmonids, and in between farmed and wild stocks of salmonids. The general research strategy is to obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms of salmon lice spreading using ecological, metabolic and genetic tracing methods of salmon lice in their interacting with salmonid hosts.

PhD1 position is within salmon lice biology and ecology, with a focus on relevant aspects of chemical ecology and the infestation process and responses following lice infestation. The work will cover general biological and ecological aspects of salmon lice, and in particular mechanisms involved in lice infestation of the planktonic stages and the molecular basis of these mechanisms. Small-scale laboratory experiments will be combined with field studies undertaken in cooperation with the other PhD students of the research program.

PhD2 position is on genetic markers in sea lice and developing a method for genome editing in L. salmonis, with emphasis on infestation mechanisms. Parts of the project will be used to test out transformation and delivery methods for the components of the CRISPR/Cas9 system. The CRISPR/Cas9 system will be used for functional studies of genes predicted to be involved in the lice-fish interaction and partially based on targets identified by PhD1. PhD2 will be a part of the NTNU genome editing initiative and work will be done in a cooperation with national research partners. A tight collaboration with members of “Taskforce salmon lice” and genome editing team members is expected.

Both PhD projects will involve both field and laboratory work, and the PhD students will work in team with project partners, NTNU employees, and other research partners.

• The applicants must have a MSc (or equivalent) and have in their education or later experience in one or more of the following scientific fields: salmon lice biology and ecology, copepod biology and ecology, chemical ecology, genetics, relevant methods of molecular biology and behavior of salmonids.
• The PhD projects involve in variable degree field and laboratory work, and it’s important to have some earlier experiences in experimental work. Knowledge in statistics is additionally regarded important in the evaluation of applicants.
• The successful candidates must demonstrate high motivation to undertake the PhD study, be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented.
• They should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams with partners, colleague students and scientists.

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.
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: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm
The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language.

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 positions as PhD are remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Yngvar Olsen, yngvar.olsen@ntnu.no; Per Winge, per.winge@ntnu.no and Atle M. Bones, atle.m.bones@ntnu.no, all NTNU Department of Biology.

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 page. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.The reference numbers of the positions are: NT-95/17

Application deadline is 10 August, 2017.

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