Norway: Scientist – Preventive Fish Health

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By Milthon Lujan

Nofima’s Fish Health Department focuses on preventive fish health and has in recent years worked on the development of good health indicators that can be used in the aquaculture industry. We are experiencing an increasing demand for expertise in this area and are therefore announcing a research position. The Fish Health Department has work locations in both Ås and Tromsø.

About the position

Our approach to fish health ranges from visual pathology and behaviour, to genes and protein expression. We use both traditional and modern platforms and have developed advanced methods that contribute to an increased understanding of defence mechanisms in fish. This short film will give you an idea of the kind of work we do.

Health and welfare related challenges for farmed fish have often multifactorial causes. Therefore, it is important for us to utilise the expertise that can be found in other departments in the Aquaculture division. You will work in teams within the department but will also be involved in collaboration that takes place across all the departments in the division.


Project participation and management.
Preparation and implementation of trial plans, both in laboratories and in the field.
Processing results and various forms of dissemination.

Required qualifications

Higher education (primarily PhD or equivalent scientific competence) in biology, molecular biology, veterinary medicine, or fish health.
Expertise within the field of aquaculture.
Applicants must be able to speak and write in Norwegian and be proficient in oral and written English.
Knowledge and understanding of Norwegian and international funding sources.
Applicants must possess good collaboration and communication skills.

Other relevant expertise and experience

Course in laboratory animal science (for researchers) and experience with fish trials.
Knowledge of relevant fish pathogens and pathology.
Experience in student supervision.
Knowledge of fish species other than salmon.

What we offer

Nofima can offer a developing workplace with a vision of creating an aquaculture industry that future generations can be proud of, and a strong academic community that includes exciting research projects and a good working environment. Salary is based on qualifications and experience, and we also offer good pension and personal insurance schemes. Location of work will be in Ås or Tromsø. A certain amount of work-related travel should be expected.

Contact information

For further details on the position, please contact: Research Director Gunn Berit Olsson, e-post: Phone: +47 474 62 565 or Scientist Elisabeth Ytteborg, e-post: Phone: +47 900 95 122 or Scientist Christian René Karlsen, e-post: Phone: +47 411 47 162.


Application and submitted documents (see below) must be sent electronically via the application form available on and the application must include:

Presentation Letter
CV, with complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work
Diplomas and certificates
2-3 references with contact information

Deadline: 11th October 2020

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