Postdoctoral fellow within Organic Analytical Chemistry Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and food science Norway

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.


On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.


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Postdoctoral fellow within Organic Analytical Chemistry – 17/04842


The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and food science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant two year Postdoctoral–position related to the identification and characterisation of novel organic pollutants in anthropogenic wastes and contaminated environments. The position is funded by grants from the Research Council of Norway.


The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) represents a broad range of scientific fields encompassing basic natural sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology as well as the application of these towards food chemistry, technology and safety, biotechnology, bioprocessing and environmental issues. KBM employs about 160 people. The Faculty has 12 active research groups, see . The current position will be associated with the research group of Bioorganic chemistry and organic analysis under the supervision of project leader Prof. Roland Kallenborn.


Research Project

The successful candidate will be associated with two projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, which both deal with characterization, identification and quantification of novel or yet unidentified organic pollutants in bio-waste as well as affected environmental samples. In addition to non-target analysis, a major focus will be laid upon method development for quantification of novel industrial chemicals (PFAS, PFR, novel-BFR), pharmaceuticals and current used pesticides (CUP). The candidate will join an international expert network with access to highly advanced trace analytical technologies.


Main tasks

The successful candidate will develop and validate multi-component organic-analytical methods for the quantitative determination of residues of the above mentioned contaminant groups by actively using advanced high resolution chromatographic methods (cGC and HPLC) coupled to mass spectrometric detectors. The candidate will apply modern method evaluation strategies in organic trace analysis and comprehenisve statistical method for interpretation of complex chemical analytical data. The evaluated methods will be applied to selected bio wastes generated from biogas production and other affected environmental samples for the identification and quantification of target chemicals as well as potential by-/ transformation products.



Academic Qualifications

The main purpose of a post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. A PhD degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant scientific field is required.


Required Academic qualifications

  • Experience in quantitative trace analysis of organic pollutants in the environment.
  • Adequate knowledge on modern multi-component trace analytical technologies such as high resolution chromatography (GC &HPLC) in combination with mass selective detection.
  • Knowledge on method development and validation of multi-compound trace analytical methods according to standard quality control (QC) requirements in environmental chemistry.


Desired Academic qualifications

  • Knowledge on handling and interpretation of relevant soft-ware for qualitative and quantitative data handling
  • Documented competence in scripting and Visual Basic as well as statistics and chemometry.
  • Team-oriented working attitude
  • Practical experience with GC/LC instrument maintenance and hardware adjustments.


Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to the scientific progress of an internationally oriented research environment. It is, thus, expected that the candidate is able to communicate scientific results in plain English (orally and written) to the international science community.


NMBU is especially encouraging women to apply for higher academic positions. Therefore, in cases of equal scientific qualifications, female applicants will be preferred for the announced position.



NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful rural surroundings just outside Oslo.



The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 57-69, p.t. NOK 490 900 – 611 700), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.


Further information

For further information, please contact prof. Roland Kallenborn, E-mail:; phone +47 67 23 24 97



To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: Dec. 15th, 2017



Key publications

In addition, to the documentation of academic qualification and two qualified reference contacts, up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is recommended.


Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within Dec. 15th 2017. Please quote reference number (17/04842)


Verified testimonies, certificates

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.


The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.


According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

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