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.
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)
Write and publish scientific papers.
Present results at international conferences and summits in the Rumigen
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
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
Personal suitability as evident from interviews will be emphasized
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: Michael.Tranulis@nmbu.no 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)
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
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
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
16th December 2021
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