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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 equine nutrition - 17/04037

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3 year PhD–position related to equine nutrition.


The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences represents the sciences for the future within the animal husbandry fields of breeding, nutrition and ethology. Within these fields, our expertise encompasses areas such as feed technology and metabolism, quantitative and molecular genetics, and the quality of products made from eggs, milk, and meat.


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

This scholarship-project concerns fundamental and applied aspects of processing feedstuffs and the effects on digestion and fermentation of nutrients in the gastro intestinal tract of horses. The main goal of the project is to improve the basic understanding of nutrient metabolism in horses and to apply this to feed processing technology. The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences has unique research facilities for studying nutrient metabolism in horses and the Ph.D. scholarship is attached to the Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology group at the department. The scholarship is funded by NMBU and the project is funded by the feed industry (Felleskjøpet Fôrutvikling).



Main tasks

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.



Academic qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a 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

  • Master degree in Animal or Veterinary Sciences
  • Experience with animal nutritional research
  • Willing to learn and develop new techniques
  • Good communicative skills, orally and written, in English, are essential

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Experience with horse nutritional research
  • Experience with laboratory work
  • Knowledge about feedstuffs and feedstuff evaluation


Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • Abilities to work independently and take the initiative
  • Collaborative skills
  • Positive for new challenges
  • Experience with horses

Desired personal skills

  • Knowledge about nutrition and feeding of horses in the Nordic countries
  • Recently finished master degree


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.


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



Further information

For further information, please contact Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen, Postdoc

E-mail: ; phone +47 67232721




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: 1st November 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 Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 1st November 2017. Please quote reference number 17/04037.


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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