Research fellow in Environmental biotechnology: Norway

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a research fellow in Environmental biotechnology at Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Technology. This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively, or four years with both research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified in the recruitment process. The position is vacant from 01.08.2018. The position is affiliated (but not bound to) the ongoing project “Wastewater treatment plants as critical reservoirs for resistance genes”, abbreviated “Gene gas”.The position is primarily aimed at research within wastewater technologies studying the spread of antibiotic resistance genes within wastewater treatment systems. The main goal of the project is to use green fluorescence protein (GFP) labeled bacterial cells as biomarkers to examine the spread of antibiotic resistance in a sequence batch reactor (SBR). The candidate will use the data obtained to be included in a model for the spreading of these antibiotic resistance genes. Candidates must have documented knowledge and competences in water or wastewater treatment including bioprocess analysis, and documented knowledge and skills in environmental microbiology and molecular biological techniques for the monitoring of microbial community in natural systems. Demonstration or experience in analytical methods, growth of bacterial communities and a basic understanding of running batch reactors will be an asset.

Please contact Associate Professor Krista Kaster for a detailed description of our proposed project.

The candidate

  • Applicants must have a strong academic background with a five-year master degree within a relevant field with competences and skills as described herein, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.
  • Both the grade for the master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of the master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.
  • We are especially looking for a dedicated and motivated researcher that has clear and specific goals for research production, has the ability to work independently within a group and contribute to all tasks of the research process (including identification of research ideas, hypothesis formulations, experimental planning, methodological techniques and result interpretation and dissemination).

Project description and further information about the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Krista Kaster, telephone 5183 1545, email Information about the appointment procedures can be obtained from HR-advisor Janne Halseth, telephone 5183 3525, email

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