About the position

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) in collaboration with Department of Engineering Cybernetics,
Norwegian University of technology and Science (Trondheim, Norway) invites applications from motivated candidates for a two-year
postdoctoral position in aquaculture technology and behavioral biology. The position is available from October 2022.

We are looking for motivated and creative applicants with a strong academic record and the ability to collaborate with other members of a
multidisciplinary team whilst developing their own research.

The candidate will join the project CycLus, funded by Bjørøya AS through R&D licenses. This applied, commercial scale, project investigates the behavior of Atlantic salmon and Lumpfish in douculture through the use of advanced acoustic telemetry approaches. Advanced tags with onboard processing capacity is combined with 3D positioning systems, allowing for detailed and high resolution data acquisition of fish behavior. Behavioral data are interpreted in context of environmental variables and operational procedures with the ultimate goal of improving production systems for better performance and welfare. This approach requires processing and analysis of complex behavioral datasets, often in combination with other types of information available. The project’s consortium consists of academic experts within fish biology and cybernetics, in collaboration with aquaculture producers and fish health personnel. Involved institutions range from universities (Nord university and NTNU), applied R&D institutes (Nofima, Norwegian Computing Center, Norwegian Veterinary Institute), aquaculture consultants (Inaq AS, Aqua Kompetanse AS) and aquaculture companies (Bjørøya AS, Namdal Rensefisk AS).

The selected candidate will analyze, interpret and publish data from previous and ongoing experiments. The focus may be both technological and biological, but ultimately resulting in improving our understanding of how and why fish behave the way they do in these systems. The Fellow will spend appropriate time at both Bodø and Trondheim campuses, as well as in the field participating in the practical aspects of the experiments.

The position is to be located in Bodø.

Qualification requirements

  • At the time of taking up the appointment, the candidate should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Prior knowledge and skills within statistical analysis of complex datasets are essential for the successful accomplishment of the project
  • Appropriate academic record, which proves the candidate’s ability to succeed in this challenging project, is required
  • Hands-on experience in animal behavioral studies are advantageous for the position, but not an absolute requirement
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is essential and must be documented either by the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or internationally recognizedcertificates, such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL or similar. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be beneficial for the position

The selected candidate is expected to participate in multiple activities related to the CycLus project and her/his responsibilities include:

  • Designing and performing experiments in close collaboration with the project leaders;
  • Co-supervision of PhD, MSc, and BSc students, as well as visiting researchers associated with the project; Collaboration with other members of the CycLus team;
  • Reporting and publishing results;
  • Participation in knowledge transfer and dissemination activities.

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1352) is set at wage level 59, NOK 544 400,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an internal expert committee. Relevant applicants will be invited for an interview, trial lecture or other presentations.

The Faculty reserve the right not to hire applicants who may be scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational background or personal characteristics


Applications must be submitted electronically by 24.10.2022.

The electronic application must contain: The Faculty has policy to validate the relevant enclosed documentation. The validation will be performed by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education – NOKUT. Applicants with foreign education have to fill in and sign a consent form from NOKUT, see below.Applications must be submitted electronically by .

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation, relevant experience, and how she/he will contribute to the successful implementation of the project (maximum 1 page)
  • A sketch of a potential research project on behavioral studies in large scale aquaculture systems (maximum 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including acquired knowledge and skills (emphasis on hands-on experience in relevant methods), and a list of publications and other scientific contributions Summary/extended Abstract of PhD dissertation and MSc thesis (maximum 3 pages each)
  • Certified academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for at three referees, including principal supervisors of MSc and PhD theses
  • Signed consent form (if needed)

Applicants should not attach any unsolicited documents, such as scientific publications, high school transcripts, and other documents not
requested for the position.
All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

Refnr. 30136069

More information can be found here.