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On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.


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PhD scholarship within molecular plant pathology – 17/03725

The Department of Plant Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3 year PhD–position related to plant pathology.


The main objective of the Faculty of Biosciences is to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research in plants, animals and fish (aquaculture). For the time being, the research groups are organized in the following teams: Systems Genetics and Bioinformatics, Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Nutrition, Ethology and Animal Welfare, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Plant Protection.


The faculty has a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) – Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor- and master programs in Biology, Animal Science and Plant Science, and international master programs in Agroecology, Plant Science, Aquaculture, Animal Breeding Genetics and Feed Manufacturing Technology.  The faculty is responsible for Ph.d programs in Animal Science and Aquaculture, and Plant Sciences.  The faculty has 480 bachelor and master students, and 90 ph.d students.

The faculty has approximately 220 employees including permanent and temporary scientific staff including technicians and 18 administrative positions.



Research project

The scholarship-project concerns fundamental and applied aspects of the interactions between strawberry and an important eukaryotic plant pathogen, Phytophthora cactorum. The main goal is to improve the basic understanding of virulence mechanisms in the pathogen. The scholarship is attached to The Department of Plant Sciences, the Plant Protection group. The group is located at NIBIO Biotechnology and Plant health, the main hub for plant pathology research in Norway. The research group has ample experience and several ongoing projects on the pathosystem strawberry-P. cactorum



Main tasks

  • Assess and compare pathogenicity of selected P. cactorum isolates
  • Identify effectors involved in disease establishment through high performance sequencing and proteomics during the infection phase
  • Compare selected effector genes in different isolates

The successful candidate is expected to submit a plan for the work towards a PhD degree during the first 6 months, with an aim to complete the doctorate degree within the PhD scholarship period. Part of the program will be participation in Nordic NOVA PhD courses in plant pathology.



Academic qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to the? PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.


Required Academic qualifications

  • An MSc degree in plant pathology, molecular biology, microbiology, or similar
  • Experience with molecular biology lab work

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Experience with plant pathogens
  • Experience with plants


Personal skills

  • Good abilities to work independently and take the initiative
  • Good collaborative skills
  • Result oriented
  • Interest for research

Good communicative skills, orally and written, in English, are essential



NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.



The salary for PhD-scholarship start at wage grade 50 (equivalent to annual salary NOK 436 900) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

For especially well-qualified applicants, alternative salary placement could be considered.


Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.



Further information

For further information, please contact

Professor May Brurberg;; phone +47 926 09364

Professor Arne Stensvand;; phone +47 911 83430




To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 30.09.2017


Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English profiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Plant Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 30.09.2017. Please quote reference number 17/03725.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.


A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.


According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

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