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PhD- fellowship in Mycology, Norway

Job Description: The National Veterinary Institute is a national biomedical research institute in the fields of animal health, fish health and food safety, whose primary function is supply of independent research- based advisory support to the governing authorities .Preparedness, diagnostics, surveillance and monitoring, reference- and scientific advisory functions, and risk assessment are the most important areas of operation. The National Veterinary Institute has its central laboratory in Oslo, with regional laboratories located in the cities of Sandnes, Bergen, Trondheim, Harstad and Tromso, approximately 350 employees, see the homepage at www.vetinst.no

PhD- fellowship in mycology (Oomycetes) is available at the National Veterinary Institute in Oslo, Norway (www.vetinst.no), Section of Mycology.

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The fellowship has a duration of 3 years and is part of the project SAPRO (Sustainable Approaches to Reduce Oomycete (Saprolegnia) Infections in Aquaculture, http://www.abdn.ac.uk/oomycetes/SAPRO). SAPRO is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network that has been funded by the European Commission (EC) under Framework Program 7. Applicants must meet EC eligibility criteria and can not have lived in Norway for more than 12 months the past 3 years.

The oomycete fish pathogen Saprolegnia parasitica is a major problem in fresh water aquaculture and SAPRO is therefore integrated into the research activities of European leaders of complementary disciplines, with a research focus on developing novel and sustainable measures to control saprolegniosis and support the aquaculture industry in Europe.

The SAPRO network involves eight partners based in UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Germany.

The overall aim of the project is to improve disease management and control (biosecurity) in fish farms and hatcheries. The aim of this part of the project is studies of the pathogenesis of Saprolegnia in fish and ova.

A successful candidate should hold a degree of veterinary medicine or a master in the field of biology and show interest in lab work, designing and performing own studies as well as doing statistical analyses. It is an advantage to have theoretical and/or practical experience with oomycetes and/or fish pathology.  We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic person with the ambition to become an independent scientist through the doctoral training. The candidate should be willing to do part of the training at one of the partner’s institutions.

The fellowship requires admission to the research training program at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Scienses (www.veths.no). A good command of English is required. Starting date is no later than November 1st, 2010.

Annual salary will at least be approximately 46.500 euro/year.

For more information, contact Even Thoen( [email protected] ) or Ida Skaar ([email protected])

Applications with documentation on education, working experience, publications and other relevant activities may be submitted electronically at  www.vetinst.no or to National Veterinary Institute, att :  Personalseksjonen, PO Box 750, Sentrum, 0106 Oslo, Norway or directly to Sandra Sørlien e-mail : [email protected]

The application should be marked “15/10”

Deadline: 17 June 2010

Contacts: Even Thoen
Telephone: +47 23216253

Ida Skaar
Telephone: +47 23216244

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