PhD position in Seafood and Health

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Feb 2020

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About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD fellow within Seafood and Health.

The PhD position is available within Seafood Science and Technology at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science and will be related to the project Novel Marine Resources for Food Security and Food Safety (SECURE), at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. SECURE is a comprehensive project dealing with utilisation of novel marine food resources.

The overall aim of the PhD is to increase the knowledge enabling sustainable food security and food safety, focusing on novel marine food resources. The PhD will work with raw material characterization and biochemical degradation, bioactive compounds related to cardiovascular diseases, and consider combined nutritional and climate performance of the raw materials.

The position reports to Associate Professor Ida-Johanne Jensen.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Documentation of nutritional composition and content of contaminants
  • Documentation of biochemical degradation
  • Investigation of bioactive compounds related to cardiovascular diseases
  • Investigation of nutritional and climate performance of raw materials

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 science, food processing, food technology, food engineering, food chemistry, food microbiology, biotechnology, marine biotechnology, systems engineering or mechanical engineering 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.

All applicants should have good communication skills and be fluent in English, both orally and written. The candidates will be a part of the Food Science research group at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science that working on a variety of topics related to Food Science and Food Safety. It is thus important that the applicants are willing to collaborate with other researchers, enabling them to be a part of the team.

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.

Personal characteristics

  • Independent
  • Responsible
  • Collaborative
  • Flexible

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 with teaching duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Biiotechnology  (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phbiot ). 

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.

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 Ass. Professor Ida-Johanne Jensen, e-mail [email protected]

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 jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. 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): http://www.chsi.com.cn/en/ ).

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-07/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 23.02.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim


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