Head Engineer/Senior Engineer in Algae Genomics and Marine Microbiomes

The Norwegian College of Fishery Science at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics
Norway Tromsø


The successful applicant will be hired for a technical position to facilitate scientific research. This candidate will be assigned responsibility for development and management of the research group ́s multi-omics data and (meta)genomics strategy. Main activities will be working with sequencing data for genome and metagenome assembly, transcriptomics, amplicon sequence analysis and integration with mass spectrometry-based data. This person will work closely with experimentalists and be able to learn fundamentals of laboratory and field-based molecular biology techniques. This may include occasional opportunities to participate on field work in the Arctic.

The appointee will be a valuable resource to the group in connection with teaching and practical guidance of MSc and PhD students and collaborators of the group. It is expected that the successful applicant contributes to method development and management of sequencing and multi-omics data. This includes identifying and managing access to computational resources, documentation, interpretation of data, and quality assurance. The successful candidate will be expected to learn new methods and procedures to support an ever-changing research landscape in algal genomics and microbiomics.

This position will have periodic needs to work with and in UiT’s laboratory in Finnsnes, Norway in addition to the primary location at UiT’s main campus in Tromsø.


The successful applicant must have the following qualifications:

M.S.c or PhD in Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology or a related field. Applicants at the PhD level are encouraged to apply.
Experience with microalgae and/or microbiomes
Experience and proficiency in UNIX/Linux cluster environments
Experience and proficiency in R and/or Python
Ability to use and/or learn one or more other programming languages (C++, Perl, Java)
Experience and/or proven ability to learn at least one of the following: microeukaryote genome assembly, metagenomics, transcriptomics and/or meta-transcriptomics
Have a basic familiarity with good laboratory practice in microbiology and molecular biology
Good proficiency in English is required and working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is desirable.

Personal Characteristics
The ideal candidate for this position will be able to do self-directed, independent work but also feel comfortable working on projects led by others including students and collaborators. The candidate should enjoy working towards scientific publications, grant proposals and be willing to help develop teaching material. It is ideal for this person to enjoy mentoring and cross-training others in applications for genomics, metagenomics and computational biology.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no, and shall include:

CV and application letter
Diplomas and transcripts
Written references
Contact information to 2-3 references
All documentation has to be in English.


Hans Christopher Bernstein

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