May 2017

PhD-position available in MARVAL

Application deadline June 25th, 2017

The PhD candidate will work on computational modeling of the active sites of enzymes and calculation of possible reaction mechansisms employing quantum chemical methods. The work will be performed in close collaboration with experimental biochemists, and the candidate will also collaborate with researchers and PhD students in other parts of the MARVAL project.


November 2016

PhD-position available in MARVAL. Application deadline December 11th, 2016

Metabolic modelling of marine biomass conversion.

The PhD-student will have her/his main work within mathematical modelling approaches to analyse metabolic pathways of marine bacteria especially with respect to polymer production and degradation. The project will be performed in close collaboration with other research groups at UiT that are involved in e.g., the experimental approaches targeting relevant metabolic pathways or the theoretical analysis of catalytic mechanisms. Different methods including metabolic pathway analysis and ordinary differential equation based modelling approaches in combination with comparative sequence analysis will be used to analyse and integrate existing experimental data as well as data generated during the project.



PhD-position available in MARVAL. Application deadline April 25th, 2016

The work will involve establishing microbial cultures enriched on marine biomass, optimization of growth conditions (biomass substrate, pH, temperature, oxygen) using a micro bioreactor system (Pall Micro-24), cultivation and characterization of single isolates and communities of marine bacteria, in addition to DNA isolation and sequencing. The PhD candidate’s research will also include some applied bioinformatics, and analytical methods for analyzing product formation in spent media (i.e. biomass).


PhD-position available in MARVAL. Application deadline March 31st, 2016

The work will involve processing and determination of chemical composition of marine biomass or specific harvest. In particular, he/she shall examine potential biological effects of end-products from biomass processing, e.g. their effect on intermediary metabolism (fatty acid and carbohydrate consumption in muscle, liver and adipose tissue) and their potency as drugs for preventing metabolic diseases. Thus, the project will include work at the cellular, organ and whole animal level.


Post doc position in protein chemistry (Development of enzymes for Applications) is available with application deadline 13.01.2016.

The MarVal project will soon start hiring PhD students. Announcements are expected on before February.