PhD Research Fellow in fish health/fish immunology

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Deadline: 01 May 2024

PhD Research Fellow in fish health/fish immunology
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PhD Research Fellow in fish health/fish immunology.

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in fish health / fish immunology at the Department of biological sciences . The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is affiliated with the Fish health group (research group fish immunology) and is financed by the University of Bergen.

About the project/work tasks:

The project focuses on present intracellular bacterial infections in salmonid fish that cancause serious infectious diseases. The infections are problematic to treat by using antibiotics and there is a challenge in developing prophylactic measures. The project will include studies on the interaction between the bacteria and the fish immune system, in particular when it comes to intracellular survival and immune prophylaxis. Various methods such as in vitro exposure of leucocytes, immunostaining, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, qPCR and mRNA transfection of leucocytes will be used in the study.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in fish health or molecular biology within immunology. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience from or competence in fish immunology is a requirement.
  • Experience from or competence in molecular biology methods is a requirement.
  • Experience from or competence in work with cell lines and transfection is an advantage.
  • Experience from or competence in work with mRNA technology is an advantage.
  • Experience from or competence in work with flow cytometry is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Applicants must have a good command of the Norwegian language.

Relevant methodological experience will be emphasized. Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.


Special requirements for the position

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:
  • A good and professionally stimulating working environment

  • Salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Good welfare benefits .

Your application must include:
  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • Approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission ).
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact associate professor Anita Rønneseth , Department of biological sciences, e-mail [email protected], phone +47 55584421.

For HR related questions contact Adviser Therese Myhre Odfjell, [email protected].

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here .

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1st May 2024


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