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PhD scholarship within environmental control of flowering and growth in ever-bearing strawberry cultivars – 17/04038

The Faculty of Biosciences, Department of Plant Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position related to ever-bearing strawberry cultivars.


The Department of Plant Sciences (IPV) has the national responsibility for education and research on sustainable production and utilization of plants for food, feed, ornamental and recreational purposes, contributing in this way to NMBUs vision "Knowledge for life."


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). Currently, 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 PhD programs in Animal Science and Aquaculture, and Plant Sciences. The faculty has 480 bachelor and master students, and 90 PhD students.

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



Research Project

The scholarship-project concerns fundamental and applied aspects of the physiological regulation of flowering and dormancy in ever-bearing strawberry cultivars to give a timely and large yield of a good berry quality in a Nordic climate. These genotypes may be of great importance in future Norwegian strawberry production, where increased cultivation in plastic tunnels is needed to secure good quality Norwegian strawberries in the market. The PhD student will take part, and be responsible for, experiments in plastic tunnels and climate chambers, using available analytic tools.


A project proposal to the Research Council of Norway (NFR) has been developed in close collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) and companies from the berry industry, focusing on an increased and stable production of strawberries in plastic tunnels. Fertigation and climatic control of different strawberry reaction types and cultivars grown in plastic tunnels to control growth and development will be topics in the project. The PhD student will be a part of, and work closely together with the research team in this potential project.


The scholarship is within the Department of Plant Sciences at NMBU and the research group Food Crops.



Main tasks

  • Identify environmental control of flowering and growth processes in ever-bearing strawberry cultivars by: classical growth analysis technique and dissection, and assessment of floral developmental stages.
  • Realization of yield potential under field conditions by the use of pre-conditioned plants.
  • Develop an understanding of mechanisms of induction and release of winter dormancy in ever-bearing strawberry cultivars.
  • Document yield potential, assess and analyze fruit quality in newly released ever-bearing cultivars grown in plastic tunnels and open fields.

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. Additional knowledge to written and oral Norwegian will be prioritized. 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

  • MSc degree in Plant Sciences, with emphasis on food crops and horticulture
  • Experience with microscopy, preferably SEM


  • Experience with plants

Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills, preferably in an international environment
  • Innovative, accurate and independent
  • Ability to collaborate with both internal and external experts with diverse background and skills
  • Result oriented
  • Interest in research

Desired personal skills

  • Proactive, with good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work as part of an ambitious research team


NMBU offers:

  • A future-oriented 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 of 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 Associate Professor Siv Fagertun Remberg

E-mail: ; phone +47 67232812




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: 23rd October 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 proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, Department of Plant Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 23rd October 2017. Please quote reference number 17/04038


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 be facilitated for persons with disabilities, if necessary.


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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