PhD position within basic veterinary science  - Deadline: Thursday, December 16, 2021

Norwegian University of Life Sciences


December 16, 2021


PhD position within basic veterinary science About the position

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant PhD position related to investigations of a unique line of goats that lack the prion protein. The PhD position is for a period of 4 years. The successful candidate is expected to spend 25% of the time contributing to development of a course in laboratory work for veterinary students taking part in a research specialization programme.

The research project is linked to the EU-funded project Rumigen (Ruminant breeding through genomic and epigenomic approaches). This is a large international consortium with 18 partners from 9 European countries, offering good opportunities for laboratory visits, networking and connecting with other PhD candidates. The position is at the Biochemistry Unit at the Department of Preclinical Sciences and Pathology.

In this project, we will investigate Norwegian dairy goats that, due to a mutation, completely lack expression of the prion protein (PrP), a protein well-known for its crucial role in neurodegenerative prion diseases. The normal physiological roles of PrP are still under investigation.

We aim to identify molecular, neurological and/or pathophysiological traits (phenotypes) caused by loss of PrP functions. For instance, production parameters accessible with non-invasive methods will be investigated, such as growth and development, milk quality and yield.

We will also investigate tissue and cellular alterations caused by the absence of PrP in the central and peripheral nervous system.

In the Rumigen project, phenotypes characterized in the non-transgenic Norwegian goats will be compared with phenotypes in French Alpine goats after marker-assisted introgression (breeding) and after genome editing (transgenics) in Alpine goats.

The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD programme at the institution. The documentation (specified below) needed to ensure that the admission requirements are met, must be uploaded as attachments.

Main tasks
  • Carry out Prnp genetic analyses of relevant goat herds.
  • Compare production traits in normal goats with those observed in goats without or with reduced levels of PrP.
  • Develop and conduct investigations at the morphological (light- microscopic and ultrastructural) and molecular (in situ hybridization) level.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Present results at international conferences and summits in the Rumigen consortium.
  • Teaching of veterinary students and other supervision (research line students, courses, etc.) in relevant subjects and methods.
  • The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period. Supervision, courses, and training will be offered.


    The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

    The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

    Required Academic qualifications:

  • Veterinary education (DVM) or master's degree (MSc) in relevant biomedical sciences such as cellular and/or molecular biology.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience with animal work, especially farm animals.
  • Experience from laboratory work.
  • Experience/training in scientific writing.
  • Experience from teaching.
  • Good written and oral communication skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language.
  • Personal suitability as evident from interviews will be emphasized

    Personal skills You need to have:

  • Strong motivation and dedication.
  • Good collaboration skills and capacity for independent work
  • Motivation for teaching
  • Relevant work experience is valued, but we also encourage newly graduated candidates with strong motivation for research to apply.

    Remuneration and further information

    The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD Fellow, pay scale 20 (salary step. 54–62) (NOK 491.200 – 563.900). PhD Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 491.200, -) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

    Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

    For further information, please contact Professor Michael A. Tranulis

    E-mail: phone +47 46417637

    Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants


    To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

    In the application, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process.

    Application deadline: 16.01.2022

    The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
  • Complete CV
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Di-ploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master). Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original lan-guage. An English translation of these documents must also be at-tached.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and grading system.
  • Documentation of proficiency in written and oral English
  • Names and contact details for two references
  • Confirmation that information and documentation submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process
  • About the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

    The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at NMBU is the country's only veterinary professional education and provide expertise in veterinary medicine and veterinary public health. The Faculty educates veterinarians, animal nurses and doctoral students in Veterinary Science and researches in veterinary medicine and related biomedical fields. We have 500 students and 430 employees.

    The faculty consists of the departments of Preclinical Sciences and Pathology, Paraclinical Sciences, Production Animal Clinical Sciences and Companion Animal Clinical Sciences. We also run the Animal Hospital, which is closely linked to our research and education, and receives patients from all over the country.

    The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

    NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

    NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

    We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.


    16th December 2021


    Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)




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