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Researcher within Plant Genetics and Crop Physiology

Published 2024-06-04

About the position

The Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2-year researcher position related to the genetics of nitrogen uptake and protein content of barley.

The work is connected to the project “Increased protein production from Norwegian barley for animal feed” (ProteinBar). More specifically, the researcher will work closely together with different research groups at NMBU and the plant breeding company Graminor to investigate the genetics of nitrogen uptake, protein content and grain yield of barley. 

The aim is to develop genomics-based breeding tools to support the development of domestic feed barley varieties with higher protein content. A long-term goal is to reduce the dependency on imported high-protein feed ingredients like soybean meal and rapeseed cake by increasing the protein content of domestically produced feed barley.

Main tasks

  • Conduct field trials to investigate N-uptake, protein content and grain yield of a panel of 250 barley cultivars and breeding lines at two N-levels.
  • Perform detailed plant physiological and N uptake measurements on selected genotypes.
  • Genome-wide association mapping of traits related to grain yield and protein content based on data generated in the project.
  • Identification of candidate SNP markers for further validation in barley breeding material.
  • Development of genomic prediction models for grain yield and protein content in barley.
  • Write and publish scientific papers based on the research.

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Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD degree in plant breeding, plant genetics, crop physiology or related fields
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed journals

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience with field trial-based research
  • Crop physiology knowledge
  • Computer programming and statistical data analysis skills
  • Academic writing skills

You need to be:

  • Dedicated and achievement-oriented
  • Able to focus and work independently as well as being a reliable team member
  • Open-minded and with good verbal communication skills

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 Researcher, salary grade 62-80 (NOK 604900-870 900) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact Prof. Morten Lillemo. E-mail: morten.lillemo@nmbu.no;  phone +47 98039348.

Information to applicants

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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: June 18th, 2024

Your CV must be entered in JobbNorge's CV form and not just included as an attachment. This is to be able to comply with the regulations of §15 of the Public Administration Act.

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. 

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 01.05.24. Please quote reference number (Proteinbar)

Please note that the report from the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

About The Faculty of Biosciences

The Faculty of Biosciences (BIOVIT) aims to help shape the future food- and bio-production through teaching and research within biology and sustainable production and use of plants, livestock and fish. The faculty has an annual turnover of approx. 250 million kroner. The faculty is organized into nine research sections: Genome Biology, Breeding and

Quantitative Genetics, Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology, Ethology and Animal Environment, Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Protection and Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology. The faculty has seven large and small research centers and laboratories, including a Center for Outstanding Innovation  - Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor's and master's degrees in Aquaculture, Biology, Animal Science and Plant science as well as English-language master's degrees in Agroecology, Plant Sciences, Feed Manufacturing Technology and Genome Sciences.

The faculty is responsible for PhD degrees in animal science and plant science. The faculty currently has about 690 bachelor and master students and 90 PhD students. The faculty has about 240 employees and its own faculty administration.