• Description:

    Much of life’s diversity is mediated by variation in life-histories, impacting species adaptation, survival, or reproduction, yet very little is known about the underlying molecular basis. Atlantic salmon is among the most variable vertebrates on Earth in terms of life-histories, making it a powerful model to study how complex differences in ecologically relevant life-history traits are regulated at the molecular level. Leveraging on state-of-the-art functional genomics, this groundbreaking PhD project will study the molecular basis of the spectacular variation found in life-history variation of Atlantic salmon.

    The PhD candidate will contribute towards discovering the molecular mechanisms that encode for reproductive allometry and maturation age variation in Atlantic salmon. The project will have multifold impacts across basic and applied science: i) to understand the molecular mechanisms controlling allometry and maturation in an evolutionary context, ii) to deliver comprehensive knowledge of reproductive traits for applications in aquaculture, and iii) to identify potential target genes for precision breeding of egg, brood, and maturation characteristics. Furthermore, by using a naturally fast-reproducing dwarf Atlantic salmon for functional experiments, this project will establish a novel experimental system to study freshwater adaptive traits of potential value to land-based aquaculture.


    • A master’s degree in a relevant field of study is required
    •  Applicants from outside the EU/EEA must submit NOKUT approval of their master’s degree
    • Grade average of B or better (or equivalent score) both for the programme in total and the master’s thesis
    • The grades at the qualifying MSc examination needs to be B or better (ECTS scale from A-E) to be admitted to the PhD program.



  • Fields

    • Biological Sciences

    • Biology

  • Qualifications

    • Master

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