The position is a four-year position with main work location at the Apelsvoll Research Station, Kapp.
FoodProFuture (Innovative and Sustainable Exploitation of Plant Protein in Future Foods, 2017 - 2021) is a large and transdisciplinary research project funded by the BIONÆR program, Norwegian Research Council. The project is coordinated by NMBU, and main partners are Nofima AS, NIBIO and Østfoldforskning. Additional 11 national and international partners are involved having key research activities along the chain from plant production, food processing, nutrition and health, consumer attitudes and markets, and analyses of environmental footprints.
FoodProFuture aims to develop the necessary knowledge platform for optimal production and utilization of Norwegian plant resources into tasty, healthy and attractive plant-based food products with high protein content. This will be an important stepping-stone to achieving a more sustainable diet with a reduced environmental footprint and improved health benefits for large population groups, and to enable the Norwegian food system to achieve economic gain both in the agricultural sector and in the food industry.
The PhD candidate will be a part of the FoodProFuture project research team, which also includes PhD students and postdocs working on other topics within the project. The project will aim to provide an interdisciplinary and creative environment for research and development for PhD students and postdocs.
The main goal of the PhD project is to improve agronomic strategies for food-grade grain legume production. The effect of management practices, including fertilization strategy, on the synthesis of starches and proteins during crop development will be the focus of field trails and controlled environment investigations. The PhD candidate will also be involved in a sustainability analysis and life cycle analysis of plant based protein production in Norway. 25 % of the position will be allocated to tasks within the variety-testing program conducted in the Department.
M.Sc. in plant science or agronomy is required
Experience from research projects in the field of agriculture is beneficial
Experience with field experiments and laboratory analysis is beneficial
Knowledge and experience in statistical data analysis is beneficial
Excellent English language skills, both written and oral are required
Knowledge of grain legume agronomy is preferred
Scandinavian language skills are preferred
- Good teamwork abilities and excellent communication skills
- Proven ability to work independently
- Work in a structured, efficient and accurate manner
- Creative, solution-oriented
- Enthusiasm for research and dissemination
Salary and benefits
- The position as PhD fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale, in code 1017, salary grade 50-60 (NOK 432.300 - 515.600 per year), commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which includes a good occupational pension scheme, occupational injury and group life insurance, and low-interest home loans.
- In accordance with the Norwegian Civil Service equal opportunities policy, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply - regardless of age, gender, functional disabilities or national or ethnic background.
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Wendy Waalen, tel +47 452 86 790
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