The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Museum is seeking a highly qualified postdoctoral researcher for a project on environmental barcoding/metabarcoding of freshwater invertebrates. The position is for 3 years, preferably with start June 1, 2015. The successful candidate will conduct research on the project “Environmental Barcoding of Aquatic Invertebrates (EBAI)” funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Environment Agency with collaborating institutions from Canada, Germany and Norway. The project seeks to develop methodological standards for environmental barcoding of freshwater macro-invertebrates using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques and reference libraries of standardized DNA barcodes. The project will involve fieldwork as well as work in the laboratory; 2-3 months research at collaborating institutions in Canada (University of Guelph) and Germany (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn) respectively is expected.
The successful applicant will have a PhD in biodiversity science (molecular ecology, molecular systematics or closely related fields of evolutionary biology research) and experience with the generation and analysis of NGS-data. It will be an advantage to have experience also with other molecular techniques as well as with work on freshwater invertebrates. Applicants must document good results from their education and later research activity, be goal-oriented and able to deliver results in time. Excellent skills in written and spoken English are needed.
More information about the department and the position can be obtained from Head of Department Torkild Bakken phone: +47 73 59 23 82, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; associate professor Torbjørn Ekrem, phone: +47 73 59 78 12, e-mail email@example.com.