PhD Position in Evolutionary Genomics at Nord University, Norway

Postdoc in Norway

PhD Position in Evolutionary Genomics: The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord University is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate for a groundbreaking research project in Functional and Evolutionary Genomics. This project will explore the molecular basis of life-history variation in Atlantic salmon, a model organism known for its diverse life-history traits. The research aims to uncover the genetic mechanisms behind reproductive allometry and maturation age, with significant implications for both basic science and practical applications in aquaculture.

PhD Position in Functional and Evolutionary Genomics at Nord University

Designation: PhD Fellowship in Functional and Evolutionary Genomics
Research Area: Functional and Evolutionary Genomics
Location: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University, Bodø, Norway


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of study.
  • For applicants from outside the EU/EEA, NOKUT approval of the master’s degree is required.
  • Grade average of B or better (ECTS scale) for the master’s program and thesis.
  • Admission to the faculty’s doctoral program is mandatory.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Proficient in English (both written and spoken).
  • Preferred experience in molecular genetics, programming in R, or bioinformatics.
  • Experience with functional genomics (e.g., RNA-seq, ATAC-seq) is advantageous but not required.
  • Peer-reviewed publications in relevant fields are beneficial.

Job Description:
The selected PhD candidate will:

  • Investigate the molecular mechanisms controlling reproductive allometry and maturation age in Atlantic salmon.
  • Utilize state-of-the-art functional genomics to study life-history traits.
  • Collaborate with researchers at Nord University and Concordia University (Canada).
  • Develop and execute experiments using dwarf Atlantic salmon to study freshwater adaptive traits.
  • Work in a supportive and innovative environment with access to modern molecular laboratories and recirculating aquatic facilities.

We Offer:

  • Annual salary of NOK 532,200 (wage level 54).
  • Benefits within the Government Pension Fund, including borrowing, insurance, and pension.
  • Inclusive and collegial working environment with progressive development opportunities.
  • Flexible working hours and active university sports team.
  • Beautiful Arctic surroundings with excellent quality of life in Bodø, Norway.

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted electronically by 1st September 2024. Include the following documents:

  • Application letter with motivation for applying.
  • Complete CV (education, work, teaching experience, and publications).
  • Copies of diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and relevant certificates.
  • Master’s thesis in PDF format.
  • Contact information for 1-3 references, including the MSc thesis supervisor.

General Information:

  • Applicants will be evaluated by an internal expert committee.
  • Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview, trial lecture, or presentation.
  • The public sector workforce at Nord University is expected to reflect the diversity of the population.
  • Details of applicants with disabilities or CV gaps may be used anonymously for governmental review.

For questions about the position, contact Associate Professor Jukka-Pekka Verta at

Deadline for Application: 1st September 2024
Employer: Nord University
Municipality: Bodø
Scope: Full-time
Duration: Temporary
Place of Service: Postboks 1490, 8049 Bodø

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