PhD Studentships: Marine Aquaculture
Two new PhD student positions within marine aquaculture are available at the Department of
Fisheries and Natural Sciences, Bodø University College. The scholarships are funded for 4
years, starting from 1st January 2008. The persons employed are obliged to teach 25% of the
work time. The PhD study research program is connected with the strategic research project
“Larval Quality in Aquaculture: Development of a Knowledge and Technology Platform to
Improve Larviculture”, financed by the Research Council of Norway and Bodø University
We are seeking highly motivated, capable individuals willing to join our international
Position 1 (position no. 30020710) is related to functional genomics, focusing on
embryonic and larval development of the following aquaculture species: Atlantic
halibut, Atlantic cod and sea urchins. The study will be conducted cooperatively between:
1. Bodø University College (BUC); 2. University of Tromsø, Institute of Medical Biology,
Department of Molecular Biotechnology; and 3. University of St. Andrews, School of
Biology, Gatty Marine Laboratory (UK). The candidate will spend appropriate time in all
partner institutions. A background in molecular biology, particularly in functional genomics,
is in advantage. Formal education in aquaculture is not a must, however interest in and a
knowledge of fish reproductive and developmental biology is an advantage.
Position 2 (position no. 30020711) is related to investigating the effects of the
environment, nutrition and stress on larval quality using molecular tools. The emphasis
will be on building competence in nutrigenomics. The study will be conducted in cooperation
between: 1. BUC; 2. Ohio State University, School of Natural Resources, Laboratory of
Aquaculture (USA); and 3. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, AKVAFORSK and the
Department of Animal and Aquaculture Sciences, Ås. The candidate will spend appropriate
time in all partner institutions. A background in molecular biology, particularly in functional
genomics, and/or in biochemistry, particularly analytical methods, is in advantage. A
background in aquaculture and fish developmental biology is in advantage.
Working conditions and salary:
The scholarship is for 4 years, and shall be devoted to research within the frames of the
research project “Larval Quality in Aquaculture: Development of Knowledge and Technology
Platform to Improve Larviculture”. The doctorate degree is to be achieved within this period.
The candidates are to spend 75 % of their time on research and 25 % on duty work/teaching at
the Department of Fisheries and Natural Sciences.
A final plan for the PhD project has to be recognized and formalized at the latest 3 months
after the candidate has started. Dismissal can be considered if the project plan is not
completed by this deadline, if the yearly progress report is not submitted, and/or if the
candidate fails to progress in her/his work or fails to do her/his duty work.
The application must include: A letter of interest, complete curriculum vitae stating education
and scientific work, certified copies of diplomas, and 2-3 letters of reference, including MSc
supervisor, or at least an email contact for the reference. Other qualifications or activities
relevant to the application must be justified. The application also needs to include a plan
showing how the candidate foresees to use the project period.
The yearly salary is NOK 325.800. From this salary there is a legally established deposit for
the state pension scheme.
The person employed is legally bound to obey the laws, agreements and instructions that
apply to the position.
Bodø University College practises employment according to a gender quota according to the
agreement “Lokal tilpasningsavtale til hovedavtalen for statlige høgskoler”.
An application, together with all attachments, (including Curriculum Vitae, letter of
interest, certified copies of diplomas and reference letters/reference persons) is to be sent
by air mail to:
Bodo University College, 8049 Bodø, Norway
The application must be marked with the position number as listed above. An electronic copy
of the CV and letter of interest must also be sent by email to Prof. Igor Babiak, project
leader, at: Igor.Babiak@hibo.no
Application deadline: 5. December 2007
For all further information, please contact the project leader Prof. Igor Babiak: