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PhD within PRNP-genetic variation of selected Norwegian cervid populations - sensitivity and occurrence of Chronic Wasting Disease - 17/04198

A full-time PhD position of three-year duration is open at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Basic Sciences and Aquatic Medicine (BasAm), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, Campus Adamstuen, Oslo.


BasAm has approximately 100 employees, including permanent and temporary scientific staff, PhD students, Post-doctoral fellows, technical and administrative personnel. The department is organized in sections and the vacant position is at the Section of Genetics.



Research project

The project “Genetic variation in Norwegian cervids to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)” is aimed to increase our understanding of possible genetic factors influencing on the spread and susceptibility of the disease.  The project is in close collaboration with Norwegian Veterinary Institute (VI) and international partners. Economical support is given by both NMBU and VI.



Main tasks

  • Characterize variation in the gene (PRNP) that encodes the prion protein (PrP) in selected populations of wild and semi-domesticated cervids (reindeer, moose, red deer and roe-deer).
  • Characterize in detail PRNP-genetic variation in Norwegian cervid populations affected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a search for disease-modulating PRNP genotypes. 3) Investigate the possibility of incorporating genetic sensitivity to CWD in future management of Norwegian cervids.

Professors Knut H. Røed and Michael A. Tranulis will lead this project, which involves close collaboration with scientists at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and international partners. Currently, three PhD students and three research students are involved in research into prion diseases at BasAm and one of the research students will work specifically with this project.


The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate 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

  • The successful candidate must hold a degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) or MSc degree within a bio-medical area such as genetics, molecular biology or equivalent.
  • Good to communicate results is a requirement.
  • Good knowledge of the English language both oral and written is required.

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Previous experience in molecular biology or genetics is advantageous but not required.
  • Knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is advantageous, but not required.


Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • Only highly dedicated, talented, open-minded and hard-working candidates will be considered.

Desired personal skills

  • The ability to contribute positively in teamwork as well as to stay focused and work independently will be highly valued.


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.
  • At Campus Adamstuen there is a private kindergarten for children aged 1-6 years.



The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow, wage framework 20 (salary grade 36-62). PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 50 (NOK 436.900,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.


For particularly well-qualified candidates alternative salary placement may be considered.


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



Further information

For further information about the position please contact Professor Knut Røed with e-mail or Professor Michael A. Tranulis with e-mail


The profile of employees in the Norwegian government shall aim to reflect the composition of the population. A balanced composition in terms of age and gender, as well as persons with an immigrant background, is therefore a goal. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply.




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: 10.11.2017


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, Department of Basic Sciences and Aquatic Medicine, P.O. Box 8146, NO-0033 Oslo, within 10.11.17. Please quote reference number 17/04198.


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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