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Associate Professor in Microalgal Biotechnology

Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,400 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 25 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 160 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

About the position

The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (Campus Bodø), Nord University, Norway, invites applications for a permanent position as associate professor.

The faculty is in the process of establishing a new research division ‘Algal and Microbial Biotechnology’, aimed at fostering research and
education that contributes to the development of ‘blue bioeconomy’ in the region. This move is concurrent with the sustainable utilisation of the
marine resources, especially in the context of the climatic changes in the Arctic region. The division to be established in 2020, will conduct
research on macroalgae, microalgae and other microorganisms. The aim is to conduct studies on (i) fundamental sciences, including evolutionary adaptation of the aforementioned organisms, which provide cues for understanding their biological mechanisms that enable them to thrive in harsh and rapidly evolving Arctic environmental conditions; (ii) applied sciences employing biotechnological approaches to tap into the potential of these organisms as nutritional and nutraceutical sources, and the application of the organisms in bioremediation, considering the need for developing sustainable solutions for the environment.

We aim to appoint a full Associate Professor in Microalgal Biotechnology to participate in research and education connected to the activities of the newly established group. This appointee is also expected to contribute to the overall development of the faculty.

The work tasks may change depending on the faculty’s research and teaching needs, and the competence of the employee.

More information: https://www.nature.com/naturecareers/job/associate-professor-in-microalgal-biotechnology-nord-university-uin-710623