Unlock Your Research Horizons with MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships at Nord University

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Considering applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship? Explore the opportunity to collaborate with Nord University as your host institution. Over the past two years, Nord University has boasted a remarkable success rate of 40% in MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships, highlighting its commitment to fostering research excellence and innovation.

    • Nord University, a vibrant and forward-thinking institution, is dedicated to providing relevant educational programs and research with a strong emphasis on blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, health, welfare, and education, and public security. With modern teaching and research facilities spread across central and northern Norway, the university offers a dynamic and inspiring environment for students and researchers alike. Our strategic partnerships span the High North and the globe, including joint degree programs and research projects rooted in robust educational and research networks.

      At the heart of Nord University's mission is the creation of sustainable futures through research, education, and social engagement, grounded in local communities and environments. With 11,705 students and 1,364 staff, we work closely with communities, businesses, and industries in central and northern Norway to develop innovative solutions and promote knowledge-based professional practices with both local and global impacts. Our research and educational programs are aligned with four core areas: blue and green growth; sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship; health, welfare, and education; and societal security. These initiatives are designed to advance and disseminate knowledge that supports regional and global communities in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

      Nord University's Strategy 2030 envisions "Global challenges – regional solutions," recognizing the importance of strong regional solutions, fostered through regional, national, and international research collaborations across academic disciplines, in addressing global challenges. As a member of the SEA-EU (European University of the Seas) alliance, Nord University is part of a strategic partnership among nine European universities located by the sea, promoting research collaboration, mobility, and interdisciplinary cooperation. This partnership offers MSCA researchers access to a wealth of research expertise, international networking opportunities, research expeditions, cultural experiences, and enhanced access to marine environments, thereby enriching their research capabilities and international exposure.

      Nord University has a proven track record in supporting and hosting MSCA fellowships, with successful projects under both H2020 and Horizon Europe. The university is equipped with the necessary infrastructure, resources, and support systems to assist MSCA fellows in achieving their research objectives. Active in EU-level projects since the FP7 framework, Nord University is currently hosting four MSCA PF projects: ChitinBioPlastic, OCEANHITCH, FAIRYSCAPE, and BioAlgae, showcasing its committment in supporting research talents.

      By choosing Nord University as your MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship host, you'll be joining an institution committed to excellence in research, education, and societal impact, poised to support your journey towards groundbreaking discoveries and career development.

    • MSCA PF 2024 - Expression of interest - Nord University
      1. Topic: Applied biogeography and MPA science and management

      Description: To be determined in conjunction with the candidates interests and expertise and build on applied biogeography, our zooplanlton timeseries, and/or and the "MPA Europe" project https://mpa-europe.eu

      Main reserachfield: Ecology

      Keywords: Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Biogeography, Climate Change

      Supervisor: Mark John Costello (mark.j.costello@nord.no)

      Research group: Ecology (Biodiversity and Biogeography)

      Facutly: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      About supervisor: An ecologist specialising in biogeography, Marine Protected Areas, and the effects of climate change on biodiversity, including aquaculture-environment interactions. He pioneered ‘ocean biodiversity informatics’, notably by leading the establishment of the World Register of Marine Species and Ocean Biodiversity Information System databases. He played leading roles in many international organisations, including: being a lead author in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report where he co-led the Cross Cutting Chapter on Biodiversity Hotspots; co-chairing the Group on Earth Observations Marine Biodiversity Observation Network for 10 years; President and Secretary of the International Association for Biological Oceanography; Vice-Chair of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Scientific Committee. Mark has supervised over 70 graduate students. He has over 280 peer-reviewed publications (total over 500, cited 19,000 times), and a H-index of 70 (57 since 2018). He currently leads the MBON Europe initiative to establish a long-term network of marine biodiversity monitoring in Europe, and MPA Europe, a project mapping the best places to protect biodiversity and carbon stores in all European seas.

      Research infrastructure and facilities: The unit has a computer server, access to marine aquaria and an inshore research vessel. We have two live-stream undersea video cameras collecting data since March 2023 and zooplankton time-series collected twice a year in now three fjords since 1980. Samples are partly analysed and a new project will analyse them further.



      2. Topic: Priming activated defense mechanisms in kelp:

      Description: Priming of seeds is commonly used to enhance stress performance of crop plants. My research team aims to transfer this method as biotechnological approach to enhance growth and stress performance in kelp. Various research angles are necessary to apply priming in kelp, including the characterization of phenotypic and physiological priming effects, and the characterization of a molecular memory that underlies the concept of priming. We compare priming settings, evaluate the effect of priming on growth and stress performance, and the characterization of a molecular priming memory. A MSCA PF project that fills crucial gaps in our ongoing research can extend to: 1) the details of the epigenetic mechanisms that are involved in priming with synthetic molecular biology approaches, 2) the build-up of defense mechanisms during priming, and their trans-priming effects, such as reduced susceptibility to pathogens and biofouling, and 3) the occurrence of signatures of natural priming in wild kelp forests and their effect on stress-tolerance. This research stretches across fundamental aspects and has high significance for applied aspects, such as kelp restoration and farming, in particular under the impact of climate change.

      Main researchfield: Molecular Biology

      Subresearch fields: Marine macrophytes, epigenetics, priming, seaweed, kelp farming, molecular memory, resistance

      Keywords: macroalgae, kelp, epigenetics, disease, priming, metagenomics, pathogen, fouling, restoration, population genomics, stress, climate change

      Supervisor: Alexander Juterbock (alexander.juterbock@nord.no)

      Research group: Macroalgae

      Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      About Supervisor: Dr. Alexander's research focuses on ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental change at the base of the food web—involving macroalgae and seagrass, both of which play a prominent ecological and economical role in the fjords of Norway. His long-term research goal is to understand functional-trait variation at the molecular level and to apply this knowledge towards sustainable growth of economically important algae, and towards the management of kelp forests and seagrass meadows under the impact of climate change. Epigenetics and its potential for rapid adaptation to environmental change is the latest contribution to the field of marine ecology and evolution. Transferring this field to marine macrophytes allows to understand trait variation and biodiversity from an entirely new perspective. He aim to apply this knowledge towards societally relevant questions related to coastal ecosystem management and protection in light of increasing human impact and to sustainable cultivation of kelp along Arctic shores. He has secured 11 grants totaling approximately 13 Million NOK (see CV). Over the past five years, he has supervised six MSc students, two of which graduated with distinction, and one BSc student that defended with an “A”. Currently, he supervise 4 PhD students and co-supervise 5 PhD students.NORD provides molecular biology laboratories with all equipment to prepare Next-Generation Sequencing libraries.

      Research infrastructure and facilities: For sequencing, the fellow will use the facilities and services of the Norwegian Sequencing Center (Oslo). The faculty has access to access to Linux clusters for bioinformatics analyses, PAM fluorometers (N20-00345 Multi-Color PAM, Walz; PSI FluorPen and AquaPen) to measure photosynthetic characteristics, a Gas Chromatograph (Scion Instruments 436-GC, e.g. for fatty acid analysis), and flow cytometers. NORD also provides several incubators and a growth chamber for temperature-controlled experiments, and wetlabs with 45 L-1,280 L water tanks with running filtered seawater at 10°C under controlled light. Through collaborations with the Alfred Wegener Institute and Bremen University (Germany), the Roscofff research station (France), as well as kelp farmers (e.g. Lofoten Blue Harvest, Kelpinor) and NIBIO (Norway), we have further the possibility to test out priming effects in a farming setup, a microinjection system for CRISPR approaches, expertise in and access to kelp cultures, and additional possibilities to analyze bioactive components.



      3. Topic: BlowOmics: novel perspectives on non-invasive cetacean research using microRNA biomarkers:

      Description: A key knowledge need in cetacean science, that we aim to solve via BlowOmics, is: a biomarker for immuntoxicology. Due to their marine ecology and life-history, cetaceans accumulate some of the highest levels of environmental pollutants of all wildlife [39]. Given the increasing prevalence and severity of diseases in marine wildlife [40], it is imperative to understand how pollutants affect the immune system and consequently disease susceptibility (i.e., immunotoxicology). Through this project we aim to develop novel miRNA biomarkers of immunotoxic effect that can be detected via non-lethal, cost effective (10% the costs of traditional analyses), and repeatable (no specialist skills needed) methods in the exhaled air (blow) of large free-swimming cetaceans. Novel biomarkers of immunotoxic effects will revolutionise our nderstanding and management of the health of these wild and charismatic marine resources.

      Main researchfield: Immuntoxicology

      Supervisor: Courtney Waugh (courtney.waugh@nord.no)

      Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      About supervisor: Dr. Waugh is a trained marine biologist specialising in non-lethal methods of immunotoxicology. The lack of a sensitive and standardised manner to assess immunotoxicology in wildlife has inspired her to develop BlowOmics. She has been working on marine mammals and marine birds for over 15 years and has been a pioneer of miRNAs as biomarkers for wildlife species. In addition, she has long experience with data management and statistical methods. She has recently set up her immunotoxicology lab at the Steinkjer campus (2019). She has supervised 6 master students to completion, and 2 PhD students. She is currently supervising 3 PhD students.

      Research infrastructure and facilities: The faculty has: a) a designated Genomics lab at the Bodø campus where miRNAome sequencing is completed regularly and; b) a brand-new molecular lab at InnoCamp, Steinkjer that Waugh has assisted in the development of, ensuring that it is adequate for BlowOmics



      4. Topic: Preparation of quantum dots based on an algal pigment scaffold:

      Description: Algal natural products from the Arctic region have in recent years garnered substantial attention due to the adaptive mechanisms at play in this most unique environmental niche. From an applied synthetic organic chemistry perspective, the light harvesting pigments (LHPs) are particularly interesting since they can provide prototypical design that can serve as starting point for synthetic activity. The involved prosthetic groups display tuneable functional patterns and have ionophoric motifs enabling them to absorb a variety of specific wavelengths. By extension, algal natural products that possess consecutive conjugated configuration align with the molecular components integral to photovoltaic cells. Furthermore, by virtue of the ionophoric properties, the constellation of LHPs with a semiconductor point towards an opportunity in tailoring of quantum dots (QDs). Using an algal pigment scaffold as basis for the shell coating of an inorganic core, development of QDs can have biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. A MSCA PF project will provide an avenue to explore algal pigment motifs in a pure and applied context, framing an underlying theme of blue bioeconomy. According to the delineation above, the following topics have fundamental interest: 1) Synthesis of stereodefined ionophoric algal pigments and analogs. 2) Application of stereodefined ionophoric algal pigments and analogs together with Lewis Acids in asymmetric transformations. 3) Application of stereodefined ionophoric algal pigments and analogs in the preparation of quantum dots (QDs) based on relevant semiconductors.

      Main researchfield: Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

      Subresearch field: Marine natural products; Algal pigment scaffold; Light harvesting pigments; Tuneable functional pattern; Ionophoric motifs; Photovoltaic cells; Quantum dots; Biomedicine; Pharmaceuticals

      Supervisor: Jens M. J. Nolsøe (jens.m.nolsoe@nord.no)

      Research group: Natural product chemistry (algae and/or microbes)

      Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      About supervisor: My purview is centred on compounds sourced from the marine environment as the foundation and inspiration for synthetic activity. Most importantly, it serves as a hub to engage in multidisciplinary collaborative efforts aimed at deconvoluting molecular mechanisms. The chemical interlocution between environment and organism is of particular interest. A key premiss is that the outward expression of phenotypical trait and affected perturbation is manifest by the secondary metabolites presented in a downstream direction. Consequently, aspects of the environmental imprint become legible by delving into the natural products from the producing organisms. The implicit adaptive strategy with its chemical motifs and gleaned functional traits forms the seed of discovery and innovation. When transferred from one organism to another, commensal secondary metabolites can effect change in phenotypical expression. Thus, in an upstream direction, natural products have the ability to intercede and regulate physiological processes. Within these bidirectional confines Dr. Jens frame his research. His research activities involve carbocyclic and heterocyclic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, method development, asymmetric catalysis, mechanism studies and synthesis of natural products, as well as the intersect with biochemistry and chemical biology. Dr. Jens has co-supervised two PhD students and supervised/co-supervised 16 M.Sc. students. He has currently co-supervising one PhD student NORD provides the synthetic organic laboratory fully fitted with equipment needed for preparation of natural algal pigments and synthetic analogs, as well as manufacturing the entailed quantum dots (QDs).

      Research infrastructure and facilities: The faculty is in the process of procuring a GC-MS (triple quadrupole with direct connection to capillary column, temperature 50 to 350 oC, ionization mode EI) and LC-MS (single quadrupole with PDA detector, ionization mode ESI/APCI) as part of the scientific infrastructure at FBA. Furthermore, a benchtop NMR (80 MHz, 1H, 13C detection) will be procured by NORD. Through ongoing national collaboration the supervisor also has access to high-field NMR.



      5. Topic: Microbiology of Norwegian snow and glaciers:

      Description: The project will investigate chosen aspects of snow and ice algae biology, ecology, or biodiversity. A variety and unique combination of specialist topics are possible including field sampling, cultivation, physiology and genome sequencing. The project proposal will be developed and tailored with the applicant, potentially aligning with our current research in microbial interactions, stress physiology, cell motility and genetic investigation of microbes that are hard to cultivate. Snow and ice algae have recently captured a great deal of attention in the news for their role in climate change and accelerated melting, and the project is very timely with potential for significant impacts in the field. Situated in Arctic Norway, my lab has a close connection to natural field sites in the region that provide a unique experience for both research, mobility and internationalization.

      Main researchfield: Microbiology.

      Subresearch field: Snow Algae, Ice Algae, Climate Change

      Supervisor: Christopher J Hulatt (christopher.j.hulatt@nord.no)

      Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      About supervisor: Dr. Christopher's research and teaching is primarily based around microbes, especially phototrophic protists or microalgae. He has a PhD from the School of Ocean Sciences, Anglesey UK and has since worked in Finland, London, the United States and Norway on various projects associated with microbes, biogeochemistry and climate change. He host a course in Aquatic Microbiology at Nord and also teach other elements of protist biology, ecology and biotechnology. Dr. Christopher currently has funded research on snow-algae, plus a project focusing on algal strain improvement using diatoms a model. His lab currently supports 2 PhDs, 1 postdoc and 1 skilled engineer from diverse backgrounds in Europe and Asia. He has previously received an MSCA Global Fellowship for mobility Norway-USA under H2020 and familiar with the process.In house resources within

      Research infrastructure and facilities: Dr. Christopher lab include a variety of specialist equipment for microbe cultivation and analysis including bioreactor systems, advanced photo-physiology equipment, microscopes for brightfield and epifluorescence imaging and more. Through his recent Norwegian Research Council project the group have installed a Sony fluorescence activated cell sorter (FACS) instrument for both cell selection and analysis, plus they have access to an ImageStream imaging flow cytometer as well. The fellow will have access to further high quality shared molecular biology labs located at both Nord’s research station and at the main University campus, which are modern and fully equipped spaces for the preparation of DNA/RNA/protein samples, quality control, PCR analysis and more. Dr. Christopher's research division
      has acquired a new server for bioinformatic analysis as well.



      6. Topic: Future food and feed security through alternative nutrient sources:

      Description: Details coming soon

      Main researchfield: Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Physiology.

      Subresearch fields: Seaweeds, Insects, Microbiome, Animal nutrition, Sustainability

      Supervisor: Prabhat Kanal (prabhat.khanal@nord.no)

      Research division: Animal Science, Production, and Welfare

      Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture



      7. Topic: Exploring novel theoretical doimains in public administration research:

      Description: The proposed research focuses on public accounting / public administration, with a particular attention to an interply with governance (recently challanged), accountability (dynamically changing), and transparency (between multiple stakeholders) in the public sector. The project aims to extend and deepen the theoretical foundations of public accounting and administration research by examining the socio-political contexts in which these practices are embedded. By integrating theories from public administration, accounting, and political science, the research will offer novel insights into the role of accounting in shaping administrative practices, enhancing public value, and fostering democratic governance. This interdisciplinary endeavor will not only contribute to theoretical advancements but also provide practical implications for policymakers, practitioners, and civil society.

      Main researchfield: Organisation studies

      Keywords: public sector, theory, administration, accounting

      Supervisor: Veronika Vakulenko (veronika.vakulenko@nord.no)

      Research Group: MACE

      Faculty: Nord University Business School

      About Supervisor: Veronika Vakulenko is Associate Professor at Nord University Business School. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, public administration, in particular public accounting, budgeting, finance, and auditing; performance management and social impact measurement; emergncy governace; reforms and organizational change. In her research, she applies behavioural, institutional and organizational theoretical approaches, and conducts interdisciplinary studies. She is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, and has been acting as a member of the guest editors' team of a special issue.

      Research Infrastructure and facilities: HHN offers a wide range of research facilities including access to extensive digital libraries and databases, collaborative spaces for young scholars, financial support for conferences and research activities, experienced faculty mentorship, and opportunities for teaching practice. These facilities enable PostDocs to conduct cutting-edge research and develop professionally.



      8. Topic: Scrutinised by peers: the quality of scholarly peer review:

      Description: Peer review is a critical component of the research ecosystem, influencing various domains, including healthcare, politics, regional development, and industry. Integrating it into academics' daily routines is essential to bolster scholarly rigor and credibility. The sucessful realisation of Agenda 2030 goals in Norway and Sweden relies heavily on researchers' willingness to participate in manuscript reviews. Unfortunately, this vital work often remains concealed, conducted amidst time constraints or during leisure hours, lacking financial compensation or due academic recognition. Editors struggle to recruit willing reviewers, with many experiencing "reviewer fatigue." Concerns about gender bias, transparency gaps, competing interests, and reliance on a limited pool of reviewers have risen to the forefront. The integrity of research, characterised by honest conduct and reporting while upholding societal values, is at risk. The breakdown of the peer review system has the potential to erode trust in research. It remains unclear whether researchers in Norway and Sweden are committed to the peer review process, and if disparities exist based on factors like age, gender, or discipline. Empirical studies on these issues are scarce due to the opacity surrounding peer review, hindering a comprehensive examination. Addressing these concerns requires further research to safeguard peer review's quality and credibility. This project aims to raise awareness among researchers about the pivotal role of peer review and emphasize publication ethics, especially in a context of increasing publication volume. Therefore, the primary goal of this postdoctoral project is to investigate researchers' attitudes toward the peer review process in scholarly publications.

      Main researchfield: Publication ethics.

      Subresearch fields: Research integrity

      Supervisor: Prof. Tove Godskesen (tove.godskesen@nord.no)

      Research group: Ethics, Relationships, and Action

      Faculty: Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

      About supervisor: Godskesen's is Professor in Nursing, and her research is primarily centered on clinical ethics and research ethics. Her research spans a wide spectrum of care and research settings, such as childhood cancer, intensive care, organ transplantation, and homebased care as well as the ethics concerning clinical trials. Moreover, Godskesen is involved in research ethics and publication ethics. She is main supervisor for one
      candidate (Lena Palmryd) focusing on ethical issues in end-of-life care in intensive care at Marie Cederschiöld University (dissertation April 2025) and co-supervisor for Kajsa Norberg Wieslander at Uppsala University focusing on ethical issues in recruiting children with cancer to clinical studies, and Ulrika Skogeland at Karolinska Institutet that focuses on personalised care for patients with Cystic Fibrosis. Between 2021-2020 Godskesen was postdoctoral supervisor for Bodil Holmberg (resulted in two publications). She was also a supervisor, not formal, for Mirko Ancillotti at Uppsala University and cosupervised three papers (PhD 2021-03-15). Godskesen has 34 publications in international peer reviewed journals, first or last author on 23. She serves as an editor at BMC Nursing since 2021. She is a member of Region Skåne's Ethics Council in Lund and scientific member of Skaraborg institute for Research and Development, in Sweden

      Research Infrastructure and facilities: The research infrastructure at Nord University provides the postdoctoral researcher a robust foundation for advancing the research careers, offering extensive support and guidance. This encompasses aid with applications for research funding, project management, and methodological advice. Professor Tove Godskesen, who has a longstanding collaboration with Uppsala University in Sweden, will serve as the primary supervisor. The research group for Ethics, Relationships, and Action in Nursing and Health Sciences at FSH includes three professors—Mette Spliid Ludvigsen, Berit Brichmann, and Gørill Haugan—who bring a wealth of experience as reserachers and mentorship within health and nursing sciences. Additionally, Chatrine Fredriksen Moe, with her expertise in research ethics, will be an active member of the research group and will contribute significantly to the project. The group fosters a dynamic environment where regular seminars provide the postdoctoral member a platform to discuss research and findings. These sessions are not just a forum for scholarly dialogue but also an integral component of the research infrastructure, fostering a strong base for cooperation and the exchange of knowledge, which is essential for scientific advancement. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary collaboration, and the postdoc will therefore be affiliated with the Centre for Research and Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University. At CRB, researchers with a philosophical background focus on research ethics and integrity, facilitating the postdoc's ability to engage in in-depth discussions and establish further research collaborations. Additionally, the CRB supports a robust research infrastructure that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and access to theoretical engagement, essential for conducting cutting-edge research in ethics. Among these researchers is Sonja Bjelobaba, Associate Professor of Research Ethics. Bjelobaba, Vice President of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) and former coordinator of the Erasmus+ partnership project 'Bridging Integrity in Higher Education, Business and Society,' will contribute to the postdoctoral project. Her research focuses on academic integrity and research ethics, particularly concerning the impact of artificial intelligence on research ethics. The postdoc will conduct most of the research at Nord University but will also be affiliated with CRB to further develop futher expertise research ethics. Participating in Bjelobaba's network in Sweden and Europe will enhance the candidate's international profile. In terms of research infrastructure and facilities, the postdoctoral researcher will have access to premises, digital resources, and library services at Nord University. Additionally, the postdoc will benefit from a collaborative network within the faculty and beyond, including partners in Sweden and internationally. This network provides opportunities for exchange and participation in conferences, fostering professional development and enabling the sharing of knowledge and experiences across borders. Such collaboration contributes to a richer and more diverse research practice.



      9.Early childhood education and care, special needs education

      Description: The title of the project is related to our ongoing project VOICES: Vocational Intercultural Competence Education for Schoolteachers. This project aims to better to prepare teacher education (TE) students for their modern Norwegian workplace —a multilingual classroom with an increasingly diverse student population. Another relevance of this topic is with the transformation of entire educational systems to build an inclusive culture and make education a space where every learner is given fair conditions, where all learn to live together and to value differences and to learn from each other. We focus on inclusion and special needs education specifically for immigrant students. This topics is also connected to the investigation of family -professional collaboration( FPC) to gain deeper insight into the factors that may facilitate or impede effective FPC for immigrant parents.

      Main research field: Special needs education

      Subresearch fields: ECEC

      Keywords: Inclusion, special needs education, family- professional collaboration, students with an immigrant background

      Supervisor: Natallia Bahdanovich Hanssen (natallia.b.hanssen@nord.no)

      Research group: Special needs education and speech therapy

      Faculty: Faculty of Education and Arts

      About supervisor: Natallia has an aesthetic education, with a major in music, singing and art history from the Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank (Minsk), Masters degree in Adapted Education with specialization in Special Needs Education from Nord University in Bodø, Norway. She holds a Ph.d. i studier in professional praxis with major in Special Needs Education from Nord University, Norway. Natallia’s research is currently linked to early childhood education and care, special needs education, inclusive education, intercultural competence, interprofessional and family -professional collaboration comparative studies, developmental language disorders, aesthetic and special needs education, bullying, psychosocial learning challenges and behavioral and relational impairments. Natallia has extended experience with supervision of master students and some experience with supervision of PhD students

      Research infrastructure and facilities: The proposed project title alligns with our ongoing VOICES project and our own projects, hence we have expertise in this area. In terms of research infrastructure and facilities, the postdoctoral researcher will have access to premises, digital resources, and library services at Nord University. Additionally, the postdoc will have access to all necessary software and hardware for data collection and analysis. Moreover, the postdoc will benefit from a collaborative network within the faculty and beyond, including partners in Norway and internationally (Finland, Australia).

    • MSCA European Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded for a duration of 12-24 months to researchers of any nationality who,

      • are in possession of a doctoral degree
      • have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent (FTE) experience in research,
      • comply with the MSCA mobility rule, i.e. have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately prior the call deadline and
      • have identified a supervisor at Nord University who is willing to host and supervise them.

      If awarded, the Postdoctoral Fellowship grant covers the salary, a mobility allowance, family allowance (if eligible), and other allowances (if eligible) for the research fellow. The grant will also cover the research costs and overheads for Nord University.

    • If you are interested in applying for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF), please email the following documents to umair.n.mughal@nord.no and mark.j.costello@nord.no no later than April 30, 2024:

      1. Curriculum Vitae (CV): Your CV should include complete contact details, a comprehensive list of publications, projects, and other relevant academic endeavors. It should highlight your academic achievements and research expertise, with a particular focus on areas relevant to the project.
      2. Motivation Letter: This letter should detail your research and career interests and objectives. It should outline your project idea, demonstrating alignment with our research themes, and explain how your expertise will contribute to the project. Additionally, describe your motivation for applying to this call and your interest in joining our team.

    • Following is our MSCA-PF support timeline for both supervisors and fellows:

      MSCA-PF support timeline

      If you any further questions about the roadmap and support, please feel free to the people mentioned on the right side of this page.

    • Other options for expressing your interest

      In addition to the above mentioned Expressions of Interest, Nord University is also seeking ideas of postdoctoral researchers who are interested in conducting independent research and broadening their international networks to develop their future career prospects. Nord University have following faculties with different research divisions and research groups which can be contacted to develop a joint open-topic proposal:

      I. Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      II. Faculty of Education and Arts

      III. Faculty of Social Sciences

      IV. Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

      V. Nord University Business School

      You can find a suitable potential supervisor to discuss your research idea by name (find a supervisor). After identifying a potential supervisor you are invited to contact her/him as soon as possible via email by sending a CV and a research project outline document (no more than 2 pages) with the following information: project title, project description, main research area, sub research area, keywords, relevance with the research division and faculty of Nord University, relevance with the supervisor expertise, and need of secondments (if required). If the contacted supervisor is convinced of the proposed project idea and your potential to implement it at Nord University, she/he will provide you with support necessary to submit a competitive proposal.

      Sea-EU

      Supervisor and candidates now also have the opportunity to use Sea-EU partners for secondments and for finding a second supervisor. Also, at this website candidates can find Expression of Interest from our alliance partners - Marie Sklodowska Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 – European University of the Seas (sea-eu.org)

      EuroMarine Network

      In addition to this, if your topic is related to any marine area then you can also use different opportunities from EuroMarine Network as Nord University is a member of this network.

    Expression of Interest of Nord University

    • Description: To be determined in conjunction with the candidates interests and expertise and build on applied biogeography, our zooplanlton timeseries, and/or and the "MPA Europe" project https://mpa-europe.eu

      Main reserachfield: Ecology

      Keywords: Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Biogeography, Climate Change

      Supervisor: Mark John Costello (mark.j.costello@nord.no)

      Research group: Ecology (Biodiversity and Biogeography)

      Facutly: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      About supervisor: An ecologist specialising in biogeography, Marine Protected Areas, and the effects of climate change on biodiversity, including aquaculture-environment interactions. He pioneered ‘ocean biodiversity informatics’, notably by leading the establishment of the World Register of Marine Species and Ocean Biodiversity Information System databases. He played leading roles in many international organisations, including: being a lead author in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report where he co-led the Cross Cutting Chapter on Biodiversity Hotspots; co-chairing the Group on Earth Observations Marine Biodiversity Observation Network for 10 years; President and Secretary of the International Association for Biological Oceanography; Vice-Chair of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Scientific Committee. Mark has supervised over 70 graduate students. He has over 280 peer-reviewed publications (total over 500, cited 19,000 times), and a H-index of 70 (57 since 2018). He currently leads the MBON Europe initiative to establish a long-term network of marine biodiversity monitoring in Europe, and MPA Europe, a project mapping the best places to protect biodiversity and carbon stores in all European seas.

      Research infrastructure and facilities: The unit has a computer server, access to marine aquaria and an inshore research vessel. We have two live-stream undersea video cameras collecting data since March 2023 and zooplankton time-series collected twice a year in now three fjords since 1980. Samples are partly analysed and a new project will analyse them further.

    • Description: Priming of seeds is commonly used to enhance stress performance of crop plants. My research team aims to transfer this method as biotechnological approach to enhance growth and stress performance in kelp. Various research angles are necessary to apply priming in kelp, including the characterization of phenotypic and physiological priming effects, and the characterization of a molecular memory that underlies the concept of priming. We compare priming settings, evaluate the effect of priming on growth and stress performance, and the characterization of a molecular priming memory. A MSCA PF project that fills crucial gaps in our ongoing research can extend to: 1) the details of the epigenetic mechanisms that are involved in priming with synthetic molecular biology approaches, 2) the build-up of defense mechanisms during priming, and their trans-priming effects, such as reduced susceptibility to pathogens and biofouling, and 3) the occurrence of signatures of natural priming in wild kelp forests and their effect on stress-tolerance. This research stretches across fundamental aspects and has high significance for applied aspects, such as kelp restoration and farming, in particular under the impact of climate change.

      Main researchfield: Molecular Biology

      Subresearch fields: Marine macrophytes, epigenetics, priming, seaweed, kelp farming, molecular memory, resistance

      Keywords: macroalgae, kelp, epigenetics, disease, priming, metagenomics, pathogen, fouling, restoration, population genomics, stress, climate change

      Supervisor: Alexander Juterbock (alexander.juterbock@nord.no)

      Research group: Macroalgae

      Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

      About Supervisor: Dr. Alexander's research focuses on ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental change at the base of the food web—involving macroalgae and seagrass, both of which play a prominent ecological and economical role in the fjords of Norway. His long-term research goal is to understand functional-trait variation at the molecular level and to apply this knowledge towards sustainable growth of economically important algae, and towards the management of kelp forests and seagrass meadows under the impact of climate change. Epigenetics and its potential for rapid adaptation to environmental change is the latest contribution to the field of marine ecology and evolution. Transferring this field to marine macrophytes allows to understand trait variation and biodiversity from an entirely new perspective. He aim to apply this knowledge towards societally relevant questions related to coastal ecosystem management and protection in light of increasing human impact and to sustainable cultivation of kelp along Arctic shores. He has secured 11 grants totaling approximately 13 Million NOK (see CV). Over the past five years, he has supervised six MSc students, two of which graduated with distinction, and one BSc student that defended with an “A”. Currently, he supervise 4 PhD students and co-supervise 5 PhD students.NORD provides molecular biology laboratories with all equipment to prepare Next-Generation Sequencing libraries.

      Research infrastructure and facilities: For sequencing, the fellow will use the facilities and services of the Norwegian Sequencing Center (Oslo). The faculty has access to access to Linux clusters for bioinformatics analyses, PAM fluorometers (N20-00345 Multi-Color PAM, Walz; PSI FluorPen and AquaPen) to measure photosynthetic characteristics, a Gas Chromatograph (Scion Instruments 436-GC, e.g. for fatty acid analysis), and flow cytometers. NORD also provides several incubators and a growth chamber for temperature-controlled experiments, and wetlabs with 45 L-1,280 L water tanks with running filtered seawater at 10°C under controlled light. Through collaborations with the Alfred Wegener Institute and Bremen University (Germany), the Roscofff research station (France), as well as kelp farmers (e.g. Lofoten Blue Harvest, Kelpinor) and NIBIO (Norway), we have further the possibility to test out priming effects in a farming setup, a microinjection system for CRISPR approaches, expertise in and access to kelp cultures, and additional possibilities to analyze bioactive components.