Researcher Within The Field Of Chemo-Detection

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Nov 2023

About the Job

We have a one-year vacancy for a researcher in the EU project, ‘Plant pest prevention through technology-guided monitoring and site-specific control’, Purpest. The main objective of PurPest is to control serious plant pests during import and to manage them in the field by developing a unique concept, a sensor system prototype, enabling pest detection in a timely and non-invasive manner. 

The work of the recruited researcher will include identification and testing of two relevant odor signal categories: 1) compounds released by distinct host plants (volatile organic compounds, VOCs) and 2) compounds released by insects or insect materials (such as oviposition deterrents, ODs). 

The applicant should hold:

  • In-depth understanding of the olfactory system including the basic logic of smell.
  • Solid knowledge about the olfactory pathways of herbivorous insects, particularly the heliothine moth Helicoverpa armigera.
  • Expert competence on electrophysiological recordings combined with staining and confocal microscopy.
  • Expert competence on insect brain anatomy and dissection. 

Your immediate leader is head of department.

Duties of the position

  • The researcher should perform experimental work according to the relevant project.
  • The researcher should contribute to the scientific seminars of the lab group.
  • The researcher should contribute to data analysis and design of scientific articles.

Required selection criteria

  • The applicant should have a PhD within the field of Neuroscience/Psychology.
  • The researcher should be familiar with central statistical methods.
  • The researcher should possess good written and oral English language skills. 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Preferably, the applicant should have postdoc experience.
  • Preferably, the applicant should possess basal programming skills (e.g., R and/or Python).
  • The applicant should be able to perform the relevant experiments with a minimum of training. 

Personal characteristics

  • The candidate should be cooperative and open-minded.
  • The candidate should be trustworthy and reliable.
  • The candidate should be diligent and ambitious.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Researcher code 1109 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 604 900 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund,

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU

The position is subject to external funding upto one year. 

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily. 

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.  If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates, and diplomas 
  • Full publication list 
  • A description of the academic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment (up to five works) 
  • Brief overview of research projects you have been involved in, with information about funding, duration, and extent.
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees 

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.  

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.  This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA  and The obligations in the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment ( CoARA)  on responsible assessment of research and recognition of a  wider range of academic contributions to science and society. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. 

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.  

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Bente Berg, telephone 73 59 19 68, email [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristin Skogen, e-mail: [email protected]  

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. Please state the reference number on your application: SU-915.

Application deadline: 29.11.2023.

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Department of Psychology

Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology  is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences .

Deadline 29th November 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll, 7049 Trondheim

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