PhD scholarship within aquaculture via EURAXESS

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Ås, , NO

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In 2021 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at

About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant three year PhD–position related to aquaculture.

Optimizing the cage environment by using technology to reduce lice turn-on and stabilize oxygen concentration at an acceptable level can result in significant financial gain due to fewer delusions, better growth, and lower mortality. Optimization of the cage environment requires a substantial amount of data on the relevant parameters and the factors that influence them. Surveys show little available data on water quality parameters in cages and that there is uncertainty about the data’s validity and reliability.

The work aims are to provide data for optimizing the environment in a semi-closed cage, as well as developing a model tool for optimal oxygenation.

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.

Main tasks

Planned activities during the project period:

  • Literature review
  • Data capture in cages for use in optimizing cage environment (selection of sensor technology, location of sensors, data quality)
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Development of a model for optimal oxygenation in semi-closed systems

Qualification requirements, desired experiences, knowledge and personal qualities

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 PhD programme description at the Faculty of Science and Technology .

Required academic qualifications:

  • Master degree or equivalent in Industrial economics or aquaculture engineering

Desired academic qualifications

  • Aquaculture production
  • Knowledge on computer science, statistics, mathematical modelling and programming

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required personal skills

  • Ability for independent work displaying creativity and reflective thinking
  • Analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • Good collaborative/social skills
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken (please see English language requirements in PhD regulations at NMBU)

The main criteria for evaluating the applicants includes their academic records, and scientific capacity and achievements along the below outlined preferences; particularly originality, independence as well as ability to work in a team. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview or online interview as a part of the evaluation. The studies will be based at the Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK), NMBU, Campus Ås.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479.600) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Terms of employment are governed by Norwegian guidelines for PhD fellowships at Universities and University Colleges.

For further information, please contact associate professor Tor Kristian Stevik, head of program Industrial economics

E-mail: [email protected] ; phone +47 91325401

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants


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: 15.08.2020

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 Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 15.08.2020. Please quote reference number 20/02506.

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.

About The Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) develops research-based knowledge and educates civil engineers and lecturers needed to reach the UN’s sustainability goals. We have approximately 150 employees, 70 PhD students and soon 1500 students. The education and research at REALTEK cover a broad spectrum of disciplines.

This includes data science, mechanics and process engineering, robotics, construction and architecture, industrial economics, environmental physics and renewable energy, geomatics, water and environmental engineering, applied mathematics as well as secondary school teacher education in natural sciences and use of natural resources such as in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.