Postdoctoral position exploring functional annotation of salmonids
Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet
15. juni 2018 Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)Ås15349518/03075Heltid Åremål
24 dager siden

The Department of Animal- and Aquacultural Sciences (IHA), Faculty of Biosciences, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is inviting applications for a 2-

year postdoctoral fellow position (with a possibility of extension for up to an additional 2 years max 4 years total) using chromosome interaction mapping (Hi-

C) to explore high-level structural interactions in salmonid genomes.

The successful candidate will join CIGENE, a multidisciplinary genome biology research group possessing expertise in genetics, evolutionary and comparative genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology.

Located within the Department of Animal- and Aquacultural Sciences, this group includes 2 full-time professors, 1 associate professor, 11 researchers, 8 PhD students and 9 research technicians.

CIGENE ( has a strong aqua- and agri- research profile, with key strengths in the application of omics’ data to understand the genetic architecture of complex traits.

The group wishes to use functional genomics technologies, including gene editing, to better understand the biology underlying specific genotype-

phenotype associations. CIGENE has excellent wet and dry lab facilities for automated high-throughput omics, and bioinformatics.

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences provides fundamental, innovative research and practical solutions to improve productivity and sustainability across the agriculture and aquaculture sector.

Currently, disciplines within the department include Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, Ethology and Animal Environment, Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, and Genome Biology.

The main objective of the Faculty of Biosciences is to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research on plants and animals including fish (aquaculture).

The faculty houses Centre for Integrative Genetics (CIGENE) and the research center for Research-based Innovation (SFI) Foods of Norway.

The faculty is responsible for bachelor- and master programmes in Biology, Animal Science and Plant Science, and international master programmes in Agroecology, Plant Science, Aquaculture, Animal Breeding Genetics and Feed Manufacturing Technology.

PhD programmes include Animal Science and Aquaculture, and Plant Sciences. There are currently 480 bachelor and master students, and 90 PhD students, enrolled in these programmes.

The faculty has approximately 220 permanent and temporary scientific employees, including technicians, and 18 administrative positions.

Research project

The successful candidate will be associated with the 4-year TRANSPOSE project recently funded by the FRIPRO Toppforsk program in the Research Council of Norway (https : / / cigene.

no / category / projects / ). TRANSPOSE is addressing fundamental knowledge gaps concerning genome evolution following a whole genome duplication, using salmonid fishes as a model system.

The person will also be involved with activities related to the Functional Annotation of All Salmonid Genomes (FAASG) consortium (https : / / / ).

Main tasks

The CIGENE group is actively using assays such as ATAC-Seq and ChIP-Seq to define functional elements close to the genes they regulate in salmonid genomes.

The Hi-C protocol (and its variations) can be used to reveal interactions over much greater spatial distances and enhance quality of genome assemblies.

The successful candidate will have responsibility to :

  • perform Hi-C analysis (likely requiring protocol optimization) on samples collected from multiple salmonid species,
  • take responsibility for analyzing interactions within and (comparatively) across species and interpret and communicate the results.
  • use interaction data to produce chromosome level assemblies of high integrity.
  • Qualifications and competence

    Required qualifications and competence :

  • PhD-degree in genomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or similar
  • Extensive experience with generating and analyzing high-throughput omics’ data, and familiarity with at least one programming language (R, python, perl, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills both to the scientific community and to a broader audience.
  • Strong molecular and cell biology skills, and recent lab experience relevant to performing Hi-C.
  • Desired qualifications and competence :

  • Relevant statistical skillset and experience with comparative analyses of omics data
  • Personal skills

  • Ability for independent work displaying initiative and careful creative thought
  • Analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • Good collaborative and social skills
  • Applicants must be proficient in English, both written and spoken. Proficiency in Norwegian is not required but is advantageous
  • NMBU offers :

  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Generous employee benefit schemes
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo
  • Remuneration

    The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352; postdoctoral fellow, wage framework 24, salary grade57 -

    77 (NOK490.900 722.400) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment depending on qualifications. The position follow ordinary meriting regulations.

    Further information

    For further information, please contact Dr. Matthew Kent matthew.peter.kent, phone +47 67232701, +47 47362026, or Prof.

    Sigbjørn Lien (sigbjorn.lien, phone +47 91353715.


    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.

    Application deadline : 15th June 2018

    Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses).

    Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-

    author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

    A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity.

    We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background.

    According to the Freedom of Information Act 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his / her name be withheld.

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