PhD Scholarship (Plant Science) @ Norwegian University of Life Sciences
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The Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty for of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position in plant physiology and genetics.
The Faculty of Biosciences is organized in two departments: Department of Animal- and Aquacultural Sciences and Department of Plant Sciences.
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). Research is organized in the following groups: Animal Nutrition, Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Systems Genetics and Bioinformatics, Ethology and Animal Environment, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Plant Protection.
The faculty also houses Centre for Integrative Genetics (CIGENE) and a Centre 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 and 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.
The main aim of the PhD project is to elucidate the genetic, physiological and environmental control of winter survival of red clover in a climate change perspective. Red clover is an important perennial species in forage production. It can largely replace nitrogen fertilization through its symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and contributes to high yields of protein-rich high-quality forage. However, after a few years, it tends to die out during the winter and improved winter survival is therefore an important breeding goal. Plant winter survival is a complex trait involving multiple mechanisms, which are strongly influenced by climatic conditions. Especially, temperature and light conditions in late autumn and early spring are of great importance in cold acclimation and de-acclimation processes. With climate change, the thermal growing season will extend in both ends, giving rise to new light-temperature combinations that are likely to affect winter survival.
The PhD project is financed by NMBU. The PhD candidate will work in close collaboration with researchers and technicians at NMBU, and be linked to the EU project EUCLEG (www.eucleg.eu) and the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (www.nordgen.org).
Study freezing tolerance, cold acclimation, de-acclimation, annual growth cycles and other traits related to winter survival in red clover:
- Characterize genetic and phenotypic variation in a broad range of red clover populations.
- Conduct experiments in controlled environments to test effects of light factors and temperature.
- Map chromosomal loci controlling relevant traits.
- Analyse own and pre-existing data and write scientific publications
The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.
The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.
The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.
Required Academic qualifications
- Master’s degree in plant biology, plant science, plant physiology, genetics, trait-based plant ecology or closely related field
Desired Academic qualifications
- Basic knowledge in experimental design and statistics
Required personal skills
- High motivation for completing a PhD
- High motivation for learning
- Good writing skills
- Analytical ability
- Goal-oriented, accurate and structured
- An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
- Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
- Various welfare schemes.
- Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.
- Possibility of a place in a private kindergarten
The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD Fellow, framework 20.7 (salary grade 51) NOK 443.900,- on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.
Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.
For further information, please contact associate professor Åshild Ergon, e-mail: [email protected] phone +47 67232756
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.
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). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.
Printed material, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, Department of Plant Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1433 Ås, within 15th April 2018. Please quote reference number 18/01274.
If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.
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. The workplace will, if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.
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.
Application deadline : 15th April 2018
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