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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiology / Bacteriophage Research

Job Information
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE)

Research Field
Biological sciences » Biology

Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)


Application Deadline
3 feb 2024 – 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)

Type of Contract

Job Status
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description
The position

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow opportunity is open at The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS), part of the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries, and Economics (BFE), within the Marine Bioprospecting group at the Centre for New Antibacterial Strategies (CANS-UiT).

The research focus for this position revolves around the recently initiated research lines on viruses of microbes within the group. The workplace is located at UiT in Tromsø. The successful candidate should be ready to commence the position within a reasonable timeframe after receiving the offer.

This is a fixed-term position spanning a duration of 3 years. The appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is primarily designed to enhance qualifications for prominent academic roles. It is essential that the applicant can effectively carry out the project throughout the entire employment period. Additionally, an individual may not simultaneously hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The project

This project aims to advance developing bacteriophage collection by focusing on phage characterization and investigating host-pathogen interactions. Since 2022, the phage isolation efforts have been diverse, encompassing marine samples using Arctic bacteria, aquaculture-related samples with relevance to Norwegian aquaculture, and sewage samples containing potential bacterial pathogens for humans.

The ideal candidate for this position will take the lead in phage isolation, conduct imaging, sequencing, and genome analysis, as well as perform functional assays. Key aspects include describing novel marine psychrophilic phages, conducting -omics analysis of phage-bacteria interactions under mucosal conditions, utilizing mass spectrometry on phage-infected cells, and working with phages relevant for clinical applications in Norway. With a variety of novel phages at their disposal and diverse perspectives to explore, the candidate is expected to establish a strong track record in phage research during their tenure.

Specific tasks will be determined before the project commences based on the candidate’s interests and the group’s needs. The candidate is anticipated to lead a primary project and assist in guiding secondary projects throughout the position.

As part of the application process, a 4-page project proposal must be submitted. The purpose of the proposal is to elucidate the candidate’s goals, understanding of the research topic, and guide the evaluation process. It’s important to note that the proposed activities in the project proposal may not necessarily align with the tasks to be undertaken once the candidate is selected. The project proposal should include sections on introduction, objectives, methodology, expected outcomes, references, and a concise career plan. The career plan should focus on the candidate’s anticipated achievements during this position, the skills and knowledge they aim to develop while at UiT, and their goals post-completion of this position.


For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Gabriel Almeida: 

or Professor Klara Stensvåg:


Required qualifications:

  • This position requires a PhD in Microbiology or related areas.
  • Wet-lab experience in Microbiology: cultivation of microorganisms, culture media preparation and working in aseptic conditions.
  • Bioinformatic skills: basic knowledge on viral genome analysis (assembly, annotation, phylogeny).
  • Applicants must document fluency of in English and be able to work in an international environment. Nordic applicants can document their capabilities by attaching their high school diploma.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with viruses and with molecular biology are considered advantages.
  • Experience with metagenome and transcriptome analyses in virus-infection contexts are considered advantages.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals documenting the required experiences are considered advantages.

In the assessment the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal for the qualifying work. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/dissemination and academic policy and administrative activity.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidate’s motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position. candidates who:

  • Have good collaboration skills
  • Have good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Wants to contribute to a good working environment

At UiT quality is emphasised, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA ).

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position.
Inclusion and diversity  

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.  

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, you are encouraged to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, they invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, they will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, they will only use the information for anonymous statistics. 
The offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement  
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund  

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme  which also include health care services .

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: https://uit.no/staffmobility  

Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Project proposal (max 4 pages)
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • 2 reference letters (if applicable)
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview should among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s motivation and personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.
General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At their website, you will find more information for applicants . 

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. You will become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which gives you many benefits in addition to a lifelong pension: You may be entitled to financial support if you become ill or disabled, your family may be entitled to financial support when you die, you become insured against occupational injury or occupational disease, and you can get good terms on a mortgage. Read more about your employee benefits at: spk.no .

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority. 

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. 
Eallju – Developing the High North 

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. central location in the High North, broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and interdisciplinary qualities make them uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between employees, between r employees and students and between UiT and partners. 

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics.

The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.
Research FieldBiological sciences » BiologyEducation LevelPhD or equivalent
Additional Information
Work Location(s)
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