3 PhD positions, Genome-scale metabolic modelling, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Description: The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science looking for 3 PhD candidates. The project deals with the study about microbes and their work together as communities. Using this information to re-engineer natural communities for multiple biotechnological applications.

The positions comes under genome scale metabolic modelling, with some differences-

Position 1- Development of generation and simulation of genome scale microbial community models. This position is linked with the activities within the ELIXIR framework.

Position 2- Design of synthetic microbial consortia through integration of genome-scale community models and multi-omics data. This position is connected to the ERA CoBioTech project Cell4Chem.

Position 3- Integration of bioinformatics tools and genome-scale metabolic modelling for rational strain design and bioprocess optimization. This position is connected to the new SFI-IB Research Centre for Industrial Biotechnology.

Tasks Involved-

  • Building genome scale metabolic models by automated reconstruction tools.
  • Evaluating different methods for simulation of single species and communities.
  • Integrate multi-omics data into genome-scale models to explain metabolic regulation mechanisms.
  • Developing computational methods to design single strains and synthetic microbial communities.

Disciplines: Mathematical Modelling, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Systems Engineering.

Qualifications: Master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale.


  • Solid academic background in related field
  • Command over English, both verbally and written
  • Basic programming skills
  • Experience in research with publications
  • Information of genome scale metabolic models and flux balance analysis will be beneficial
  • Interest in science and capable to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills

Application procedure: Apply online using the link given below. Attach following documents-

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • academic certificates and diplomas
  • Cover letter with 3 reference names and contact information
  • Research report – mentioning research experience, master thesis, and the motivation for applying(max 2 pages)
  • Attach a brief description of your participation in collaboration.

Salary: Applicants are salaried in code 1017. It’s around gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax. Additional employee benefits plus.

Quick Overview—————-
Organization The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Fellowship Level PhD
Country Norway
Subject areas Mathematical Modelling, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Systems Engineering
Fellowship NOK 482 200 per annum
Eligibility Master’s degree or second degree
Deadline 31 March 2021


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