The Departments of Preclinical Sciences, Paraclinical Sciences and Companion Animal Clinical Sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) offer a 3-year PhD–position related to Infection Biology.

Leptospirosis is one of the most widespread (re-)emerging diseases in the world and can cause severe disease in a broad range of species, including humans and dogs. The clinical and laboratory diagnosis of leptospirosis is challenging, and currently, the epidemiological situation in Norway, including potential maintenance hosts and the impact of travel with pets to endemic countries, is unknown.

During the offered 3-year project “Leptospirosis- a neglected disease in Norway? A One Health study.”, the PhD candidate will collect samples and learn serological methods for estimation of prevalence of exposure to Leptospira in the Norwegian canine and human population, with the aim to develop a new diagnostic test for detection of the disease. The PhD student will be part of the LEPRESNOR research group and will work closely together with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Swedish National Veterinary Institute.

The position is financed by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at NMBU.

Main tasks

  • Plan and carry out sampling
  • Become familiar with bacteriological culture and molecular analyses for Leptospira
  • Learn and perform serological analyses. For this part of the project the PhD student will obtain training abroad during a research stay.
  • Develop a new bead-based immunological assay for diagnosis of Leptospira.
  • Interpret results using statistical methods
  • Become familiar with scientific communication and publishing.
  • Compulsory training covering a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in accordance with regulations on the PhD degree at NMBU. The education must be in line with international standards, with the completion of a scientific work, training in professional dissemination and introduction to research ethics, science theory and method of science.
  • Successful completion of a mid-term evaluation and mid-term course
  • The PhD fellow will learn to plan experiments, analyze and interpret results and present the results for international publication. Three international peer-reviewed publications will be prepared.

Personlige egenskaper

The following experiences and skills will be favored:

  • Strong interest in One Health and microbiology.
  • Previous laboratory experience including bacteriological and/or immunological methods.
  • Previous experience in small animal clinical practice is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in a Scandinavian language, both written and spoken


The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

Required Academic qualifications:

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine eligible for Norwegian veterinary authorization.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken (please see English language requirements in PhD regulations at NMBU).

Hva vi tilbyr

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow (pay grade 54 - 62). PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 501.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact main supervisor Associate Prof. Sabrina Rodriguez Campos, tel: +47 67 23 19 66, e-mail:

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Søknadsfrist: 31.08.2022

Applications should include:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • (Electronic) copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified)
  • List of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses).
  • Proof of English proficiency in accordance with NMBU guidelines.