PhD Position, Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Updated: almost 2 years ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Feb 2020

Optimat - Little utilized marine resources - shelf life and food safety

About the position

We have vacancy for a PhD position within Seafood Science and Technology at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science  that is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The position is related to the project Optimal utilisation of marine food resources (OPTiMAT). OPTiMAT is a comprehensive project dealing with better utilisation of marine food resources and is a collaboration between Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, and Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The overall aim of the PhD project is to study factors affecting shelf life and food safety of products based on “little utilised marine resources” (LUR) such as e.g. flatfish (e.g. Plaice, Lemon sole, Common dab), Sea cucumber and Nordic squid. The project will be in close collaboration with another PhD and a Post Doc to reach a common goal of increased utilisation of LUR-species for human consumption. Possible research objectives are to characterise spoilage microbiota and production of spoilage metabolites during storage, identify efficient raw material handling and combinations of process technology suitable for shelf life extension, food safety assessment of raw material (content of toxins, heavy metals, biogenic amines, pathogenic bacteria and parasites).

The position reports to Associate Professor Anita N. Jakobsen

Main duties and responsibilities

  • The candidate is expected to actively cooperate with other staff and PhD fellows working on the OPTiMAT project to gain new knowledge and new solutions to improve the utilization of marine food resources
  • The candidate is specifically responsible for planning and accomplishing research activity related to the specific PhD project
  • The candidate is expected to actively disseminate results within the OPTiMAT project, within the scientific group, to other PhD fellows and master students in the field, and to the society overallThe candidate should take an active part of the Food Science research group at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Food Microbiology, Food Science, Food Technology, Biotechnology or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale . Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Other qualifications

  • Candidates with experience from practical laboratory work relevant to the given project and/or specific analytical skills which fit the projects will be preferred
  • Applicants should have good communication skills and be fluent in English, both orally and written

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to be creative and take innovative in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to work independently as well as in team
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic about food microbiology, with a keen interest in a wider context than own research
  • Open minded and interest for exploring new methodology in the research field

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension due to teaching duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Biotechnology  ( ). 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:

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 criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Anita N. Jakobsen, e-mail:

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI): ). 

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Together with the application we request an up to one page "Personal motivation letter" for the position.

Please refer to the application number NV-13/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 23.02.2020

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Our activities contribute to increased exploitation of existing and new ingredients for sustainable food production as well as next-generation energy solutions and medical technology. We educate graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, public administration and academia. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences .

Deadline 23rd February 2020
EmployerNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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