Phd position

  • Contract
  • Norway

Institute of Marine Research

26th November 2023


  • Norsk Bokmål
  • English

PhD Position in Parasitology and Interaction between Wild Fish and Aquaculture
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About the position

At the Institute of Marine Research, we have a vacant 3-year PhD position. The position is located in the research group of Pathogen transmission and Disease, with workplace in Bergen, Norway. The candidate will work in a new NFR project, HITLICE, which will investigate the relationship between dose and mortality in salmon infested with salmon lice. The project starts in January 2024 and we want a candidate who can start as soon as possible after this date. The latest start date is 1 April 2024.

We are looking for a motivated and skilled PhD student who wants to become part of our research team. This position provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to an important research area with direct implications for both the aquaculture industry and wild fish stocks. Your research will play a central role in improving our understanding of the interaction between salmon lice and fish and the consequences infestations have for the fish. Applicants should be willing to travel and spend periods (up to 3 weeks) during the salmon migration season at our experimental station at Matre and in the field. Depending on the development of the project, there may also be an opportunity to stay abroad with one of the project’s partners.

Focus areas for this position will be to carry out experimental studies to assess the effect of varying doses of salmon lice on the host fish’s physiological response under different environmental conditions.


We are looking for a person with the following qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in biology, aquamedicine or a similar discipline.
  • Ability to plan, implement, analyze, and complete own experimental work.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and validation of data
  • Very good English skills and good communication skills both in writing and orally.

The candidate must meet the admission requirements for the PhD study at the University of Bergen.

In addition, applicants with a background in experimental work, especially with fish or laboratory animals, and applicants with good knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be preferred.

The working language at IMR is Norwegian. The candidate should have a working knowledge of one of the Scandinavian languages (B1 level or similar documented level of fluency) or willingness develop this proficiency in Norwegian during the employment period. Language training will be offered to candidates without documented B1 level.

We offer

  • An intellectually stimulating and supportive research environment.
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
  • Possibilities for collaboration with leading experts in the field.
  • A chance to make a meaningful difference in a field of significant economic importance and public interest.
  • flexible work hours and welfare benefits
  • public sector occupational pension through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds
  • cabins available for rent at decent prices
  • sport facilities

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Inclusion, Diversity and Affirmative Action

The Institute of Marine Research  welcome all qualified candidates to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, functional ability, nationality or ethnical background. We are an Inclusive Working Life Enterprise, and we aim to facilitate for applicants with disabilities.

Upon receiving applications from candidates with reduced abilities, gaps in CV or immigrant background, we will invite at least one qualified candidate from each category to an interview. In order to be considered for affirmative action, certain requirements should be met, and you must specify that you wish to be considered for the action when applying. Please read more here.

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All applications must contain: An application letter in which you describe your research interests, relevant background and motivation for applying for this position. You must also attach a Curriculum vitae (CV) including contact information for yourself and two (minimum 1 professional) reference persons. If you have exam papers from a non-Scandinavian institution, you must attach a written explanation of the grading scale used in your papers. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Ørjan Karlsen ([email protected]. 92293930) or Sussie Dalvin ([email protected], 45420055).

Applications should be submitted electronically using the link on this page

Application deadline is 26. november, 2023.

Further information

The Institute of Marine Research offers a governmentally regulated salary as 1017 stipendiat/Phd. See for more information about pension.

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be exempted from the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance. 

About us

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the largest research institutes of its kind in Europe, with approximately 1100 employees and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories of high international standard. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. The IMR owns and operates six research vessels. Our main offices are in Bergen, and we have a department in Tromsø, and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen.

The IMR’s aim is to be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems, both nationally and internationally, and the whole food chain from the sea to the table. This includes the marine environment, fish nutrition, and safe and nutritious sea food.


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26th November 2023


Institute of Marine Research




Fulltime (1 positions)




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Postboks 1870, Nordnes, 5817 Bergen


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