PhD fellowship within PRNP-genetic variation of selected Norwegian cervid populations - sensitivi...

Norwegian University of Life Sciences
October 05 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

A full-time PhD position of three-year duration is open at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Basic Sciences and Aquatic Medicine (BasAm), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, Campus Adamstuen, Oslo.

BasAm has approximately 100 employees, including permanent and temporary scientific staff, PhD students, Post-doctoral fellows, technical and administrative personnel. The department is organized in sections and the vacant position is at the Section of Genetics.

Research project

The project “Genetic variation in Norwegian cervids to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)” is aimed to increase our understanding of possible genetic factors influencing on the spread and susceptibility of the disease.  The project is in close collaboration with Norwegian Veterinary Institute (VI) and international partners. Economical support is given by both NMBU and VI.

Main tasks

  • Characterize variation in the gene (PRNP) that encodes the prion protein (PrP) in selected populations of wild and semi-domesticated cervids (reindeer, moose, red deer and roe-deer).

  • Characterize in detail PRNP-genetic variation in Norwegian cervid populations affected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a search for disease-modulating PRNP genotypes. 3) Investigate the possibility of incorporating genetic sensitivity to CWD in future management of Norwegian cervids.

Professors Knut H. Røed and Michael A. Tranulis will lead this project, which involves close collaboration with scientists at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and international partners. Currently, three PhD students and three research students are involved in research into prion diseases at BasAm and one of the research students will work specifically with this project.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

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