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    Opportunity: Post-doctoral research fellow in Bioinformatics and Genomics (#30031385) @ University of Nordland -- Bodoe, Norway
    Submitted by Medo suljic; posted on Monday, October 07, 2013


    A position as Post-doctoral research fellow in Bioinformatics and Genomics is available at the University of Nordland, Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture.

    About the University of Nordland:
    The University of Nordland offers education at the Bachelor-, Master-, and PhD levels. Yearly, the university accepts students in over 100 study programs within both professional studies and theoretical subject disciplines, which includes PhD students in business economics, sociology, aquaculture, and professional practice.

    We currently have approximately 6000 students and 600 faculty and staff, divided among our Bodoe campus and our study centers in Helgeland and Vesteraalen.

    About the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA):
    FBA is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination within biosciences and aquaculture.

    In recent years, FBA has undergone a major development both in terms of faculty and infrastructure, and today FBA stands as an internationally diverse academic environment. The current research strengths of the Faculty include aquatic animal diseases, reproductive biology, seafood quality, ecology and evolutionary biology, and genomics. The Faculty has approximately 80 employees in academic and technical/administrative support functions.

    The teaching at the Faculty is research-based. FBA offers Bachelor's programmes in Biology, Export Marketing, Aquaculture Management and a unique Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science in collaboration with the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Slovakia. Moreover, we offer Master's programmes in Aquaculture and Marine Ecology, and a PhD in Aquaculture.

    FBA's objective is to conduct research of high national and international quality. The Faculty's strategic research areas comprise aquaculture, marine ecology and marine genomics. The Faculty has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and also operates Moerkvedbukta Marine Research Station, ten minutes from campus. The Research Station's primary mission is to facilitate and support seawater-related laboratory activities and research on living marine organisms.

    The Faculty seeks to strengthen the relations between students, Research & Development, and industry and commerce.

    For more information, see The Faculty's website:

    About the Position:
    In April 2010, the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture formally established an advanced genomics platform based on novel DNA sequencing technologies. The Faculty seeks to strengthen its staff associated to the genomics platform.

    FBA will hire a post-doctoral research fellow for an initial period of three years, in order to strengthen the professional development of the genomics platform. Research activities at FBA reside within the marine/aquatic biosciences, specifically focusing on aquaculture and marine ecology.


    Qualifications and Responsibilities:
    The professional background of the candidate will be within genomics and bioinformatics, with experience in dealing with next-generation sequencing data. Experience in programming and database administration will be considered an asset. The Faculty encourages candidates with broadly defined research interests within the genomics field, either extending or complementing FBA's existing expertise within e.g. functional genomics, aquaculture genomics, reproductive genomics, metagenomics, population genomics, and evolutionary genomics.

    The appointee will join the Marine Genomics research group and take on a lead role in developing the genomics and bioinformatics competences at the faculty. The successful candidate is expected to facilitate the analysis of NGS data and the adoption of genomics toolkits among the scientific staff, and develop active collaborations within the Faculty. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to partake in extending the Faculty's project portfolio, secure external research funding, and maintain a commendable record of high-standard publications. The appointed candidate will be involved in teaching and development of the Faculty's course portfolio within the genomics field.


    Applicants should possess an academic degree (PhD or equivalent) within genomics, informatics, or related research fields. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. Candidates should also possess original scientific production related to the field(s) indicated above.

    Personal Qualities:
    The position requires a highly motivated and dynamic person with good interpersonal skills, who is a capable and confident researcher. The successful candidate should be able to work cooperatively in a team environment and is expected to develop joint research projects with other Faculty members.


    Salary and Working Conditions:
    The salary offered is in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale. The salary will be determined by agreement.

    As an employee at University of Nordland you become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and also get access to other social benefits. A statutory amount to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will automatically be deducted from the salary. The person who is appointed must abide by the laws, agreements, and directives that apply to the position at any time. The responsibilities and duties linked to the position may be altered due to future reorganization at the University of Nordland.

    According to the employment policy of the institution, our staff should reflect the population in general. We encourage candidates with minority background to apply for the position. The University practices moderate allocation according to sex quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for the Civil Service.


    Contact Information:
    Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting the dean Reid Hole, reid.hole[at], phone +47 900 98 160 (mob) / +47 75 51 73 58 (office) or professor Truls Moum, truls.moum[at], phone +47 900 95 956 (mob) / +47 75 51 74 22 (office).

    You apply for this position by clicking on the link below:[...]so=gb

    Attachment to the application:
    Application letter with a synopsis of future research, CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities), certified copies of educational certificates, letters of recommendation, names and e-mails of two references, a list of all publications/academic work and in addition a selection of maximum 10 complete copies of the publications/academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the expert committee.

    Three copies of attachment should be marked position No. 30031385 and sent to the University of Nordland, Postboks 1490, 8049 Bodoe, Norway within September 29th 2013.

    After expiry of the application deadline a publicly available applicant list will be announced. Here we would like to draw attention to the fact that information about the applicant can be published, even though the applicant wishes this information to be left out. Applicants nevertheless asking for confidentiality must specifically explain the reasons for this in their application. The applicants will in which case be given advance notice of announcement.


    Application deadline: October 20th 2013.

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