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Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department of Biology


PhD position in "Maternal effects on egg quality in broodstock Atlantic Halibut"

A PhD position in maternal effects on egg quality in broodstock Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) is available at the Department of Biology with starting date as soon as possible. The appointment is for three years, with the possibility of up to one year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

The position is part of the industry research project “Juvenile production in halibut farming” (Innovasjons-prosjekt i næringslivet - HAVBRUK2). The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway (NFR), with the company Nordic Halibut AS being responsible for the project. On a daily basis you will work at NTNU Department of Biology within the Marine Science Group, and in close co-operation with Norwegian halibut farmers and project research partners. The project will primarily be carried out at NTNU with periodic experimental stays at different halibut hatcheries. The study will be organized as part of the PhD programme at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Information about the department

The strategy of the Department of Biology is to understand biological processes of life to preserve the environment. The current research fields at the Department include aquaculture, ethology, evolutionary biology, environmental toxicology, plant and animal physiology, marine biology, molecular biology, natural resource management and general ecology. Further information about the department can be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/biology.

Project description

The halibut aquaculture industry in Norway is hampered by a low production of juveniles and a low utilisation of the available production capacity of the juvenile production companies. This is largely due to highly variable egg quality, which is one of the major bottlenecks of the juvenile production in commercial Atlantic halibut farming. The aim of the project is to optimise broodstock reproductive performance and production of high quality eggs and larvae. This is an essential requirement for further development of commercial juvenile production. To achieve this, knowledge of basic halibut reproductive physiology and embryonic development is needed, in order to develop protocols for improved gamete production and evaluation of egg quality.

The PhD project will focus on female gamete development, reproductive physiology, and determinants of egg and larval quality of halibut. Emphasis will also be on the emerging insight into maternal cytoplasmic factors that besides genetic and nutrient content play an important role in early cell cleavages and embryonic developmental success.


The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in aquaculture, marine biology, or equivalent. The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Masters degree or equivalent with at least five 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.

We are looking for a candidate who has a solid basis in early life history of fish and fish physiology, with an understanding of aquatic sciences and aquaculture. Experience in planning and conducting experimental work is an advantage. Flexibility in relation to shifting locations for work (field work at halibut farms) is required.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in Norwegian and English. Applicants not from Norway and from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document advanced Norwegian and English skills by approved tests (see https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/admissions/languagereq). 

Candidates from universities outside of Norway are 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.

Terms of employment

The appointment of 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 position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from professor Elin Kjørsvik, Department of Biology, NTNU, Tel. +47 918 97 578, e-mail: elin.kjorsvik@ntnu.no

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on Norwegian and English language proficiency tests) and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this site. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-84/18

Application deadline: 31.07.2018


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