Dive deep into the ClimSeaFood Project

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Apr 2023

21st April 2023

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Dive deep into the ClimSeaFood Project
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About the position

The Marine Toxicology Section at The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is seeking a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral researcher. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research team and work on a collaborative project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, entitled “Climate change and impact on critical contaminants and lipids in Arctic Seafood (ClimSeaFood; NFR 324374)”. The ClimSeaFood post doc candidate will be responsible for developing and applying new mass spectrometry based methodologies in (eco)toxicology and food safety to generate research enable to advance informed risk-management decisions in a changing climate. Familiarity with the latest advances in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics mass spectrometry, and bioinformatics tools is essential.

About the project

The ClimSeaFood project aims to develop new ecosystem models to advance the process understanding of how the changing climate is impacting contaminant transport dynamics in the Barents Sea marine ecosystems. The project will apply a holistic approach to understanding the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems and will comprise cross-disciplinary work including, toxicodynamic modeling across different species and toxicants, use of multi-level omics analyses and in silico toxicity predictions.The ClimSeaFood project is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of species-independent conceptual frameworks and to identify effective strategies for protecting ocean ecosystems.

About the Research Group and our work

Marine Toxicology Resarch Group consists of around 20 scientists and research fellows who work with a wide range of scientific issues and advisory tasks. The seafood we eat must be safe and our oceans and coastal areas should be clean. Therefore, we contribute to mapping and monitor novel fish feed ingredients, foreign substances in fish, seafood and the environment, as well as studying mechanistic toxicity effects of feed and environmental pollution using legacy and new approach methodologies in key aquaculture and fishery species. 

Key tasks
  • Design and conduct experiments related to proteomics and small molecule mass spectrometry analyses of marine organisms and their food products.
  • Develop and implement bioinformatics approaches to analyze large-scale proteomics and metabolomics high resolution tandem mass spectrometry data.
  • Conduct hazard characterization and provide mechanistic insights related to food and feed safety, particularly in relation to seafood and climate change.
  • Analyze and interpret complex multivariate experimental data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences and meetings
  • Collaborate with other team members and contribute to the establishment of new international collaborations relevant to the topic of research conducted in the ClimSeaFood project.
  • Contribute to the development of grant proposals.

Required qualifications

For this position we are interested in candidates who

  • hold a Ph.D. in Food Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, bioinformatics or a related field
  • has expertise in genomics, proteomics, molecular phylogeny, mass spectrometry, and bioinformatics
  • has strong skills in data analysis, statistical methods, and programming languages
  • has experience with food- and feed safety risk assessment
  • has strong oral and written communication skills
  • can work independently, as well as collaboratively in a team environment

The working language at the IMR is Norwegian, and good communication skills in Norwegian will be beneficial for both the applicant and the IMR. Sufficient progression in learning to speak and write Norwegian is expected during the first two years of employment. If necessary, language training will be offered and costs incurred will be reimbursed based upon completion of the language course.

Desired competencies
  • Experience with standard molecular biology methods, including PCR/qPCR or eDNA
  • Knowledge of complex analyses of genetic divergence and phylogenetic relationships among non-model marine species and groups
  • Experience in (sea)food and feed safety risk assessment particularly related to the use of omics in and regulatory science
  • Knowledge of marine sciences and their applications to food safety and climate change research

Personal competencies

At the IMR we believe that personality affects how we work, communicate and thrive in the work place. For this position we are interested in candidates who

  • quickly absorb knowledge, and can use existing knowledge in new ways
  • are positive, enthusiastic and works constructively under sometimes stressful conditions
  • are motivated by our research group's goals, and willingly share their knowledge with their collaborators

Inclusion, Diversity and Affirmative Action

The Institute of Marine Research  welcome all qualified candidates to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, functional ability, nationality or ethnical background. We are an Inclusive Working Life Enterprise, and we aim to facilitate for applicants with disabilities.

Upon receiving applications from candidates with reduced abilities, gaps in CV or immigrant background, we will invite at least one qualified candidate from each category to an interview. In order to be considered for affirmative action, certain requirements should be met, and you must specify that you wish to be considered for the action when applying. Please read more here .

Your application must include 
  • a short statement of your research interests and motivation for applying for this position (no more than 1 A4 page)
  • CV, copies of exam and degree certificates and other relevant certificates
  • full name, e-mail address and phone number of 2-3 references and they should be supervisors from your PhD and previous positions.
  • a complete list of scientific publications

All documents must be in a Scandinavian language, or in English. Applicants with certificates from a foreign educational institution must include the institution’s explanation of the grading system.

We offer
  • the opportunity to work in one of Europe’s leading research institutions
  • a challenging and creative work environment
  • facilities centered near Bergen City Center
  • flexible work hours

  • public sector occupational pension through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds
  • cabins available for rent at decent prices
  • sport facilities
  • welfare benefits

Aditional information

The Institute of Marine Research offers a governmentally regulated salary as 1352 Postdoctoral Researcher

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be exempted from the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

For mor information please contact Project Leader Dr. Monica Sanden (telephone: +47 970 11 654, e-mail: monica.sanden@hi.no) or Researcher Dr. Josef Rasinger (telephone:  +47 903 62 898, e-mail: josef.rasinger@hi.no).

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About the Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the largest research institutes of its kind in Europe, with approximately 1100 employees and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories of high international standard. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. The IMR owns and operates six research vessels. Our main offices are in Bergen, and we have a department in Tromsø, and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen.

The IMR's aim is to be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems, both nationally and internationally, and the whole food chain from the sea to the table. This includes the marine environment, fish nutrition, and safe and nutritious sea food.


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