Two Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions within Marine Microbiology: Norway

At the Department of Biological Sciences (BIO) there is a vacancy for two postdoctoral research fellow positions in marine microbiology. Both positions are for a fixed term of 3 years with the possibility of up to additional 6 months. The research focus is on arctic marine microbiology and the positions are linked to a project portfolio, currently including The Nansen Legacy (, HAVOC (a Norwegian partner in the MOSAiC campaign and AquaCosm (

The positions include project work relating to the following research tasks:

  • measurement of microbial biomass, abundance and activity
  • assessment of bacterial and viral community composition and diversity
  • experimental studies to reveal microbial food web structure and factors that control carbon flux and biogeochemical cycles

The successful candidates are obliged to participate in several Arctic field campaigns (cruises, drift ice station, Svalbard), each having a duration of 1–3 months in 2019–2021. The work will also include specific tasks related to project administration, organisation of project meetings and transnational access to research infrastructures (Aquacosm). Teaching and supervision of bachelor and master students and PhD supervision may also be expected.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD within microbiology or an equivalent degree, or have submitted their doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded
  • thorough understanding of marine microbial biogeochemical processes, microbial community dynamics and/or environmental virology demonstrated through a relevant publication record
  • hands-on experience with common marine microbial methods including flow cytometry for counting bacteria, virus and phytoplankton and/or advanced knowledge in analyzing sequencing data of bacteria and/or viruses
  • experience from Arctic fieldwork and cruises is an advantage
  • applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English
  • good command of the Norwegian language will be considered an advantage

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates. When evaluating the applicants we will look for candidates with complimentary scientific skills and qualifications to cover all aspects of the described research activities. Special requirements for the position: Ability to conduct fieldwork in Arctic areas and on cruises (Medical certificate and safety course required).

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