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Postdoctoral fellow in conceptual/statistical modelling of the Barents Sea ecosystem
IMR | Bergen, Norway | Deadline: 24 May 2019

About the position

The research group on Ecosystem Processes at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has an immediate opening for a three-year postdoc position.

The work place will be at the Institute of Marine Research in Tromsø, Norway.

The research group on Ecosystem Processes has expertise in observation at sea, experimental and modelling studies to conduct research on marine trophic interactions, integrated ecosystem assessments, ecosystem modelling, cumulative impacts, vulnerability and risk assessments.

Area of research

The principal area of research for the postdoc position is to develop conceptual and statistical models of the Barents Sea socio-ecological system. The work will be conducted as part of the national funded research project ‘Barents-RISK’ which aims at developing and implementing the first Ecosystem Risk Assessment for the Barents Sea ecosystem. Conceptual models will be developed jointly with scientific researchers involved in the project and the stakeholder group of marine managers, industry representatives and NGOs. Statistical models for risk assessment will be developed on the basis of the conceptual models and specific risks identified with the stakeholders.

The work will involve the preparation, conduction and synthesis of meetings with the stakeholders and the development and implementation of appropriate statistical models and their use to produce quantitative risk assessments. Several statistical approaches will be considered, including Structural Equation Modelling (SEM), Dynamic Factor Analysis (DFA) and Akaike Causality (AC) applied to Multivariate Autoregressive Models (MARs) or Linear inverse modelling.

Qualification requirements

The candidate must hold a PhD degree and must document a solid background in applied statistics, time series analysis and experience in R or an equivalent programming language. The candidate must document fluency in English, and experience in publishing in international peer review journals.

Previous experience and competence in the following topics will be an advantage: trophic and community ecology, climate-fisheries interactions, Barents Sea socio-ecological system, stakeholder meetings, cognitive mapping and mental models and ability to communicate in a Scandinavian language.

We offer:

  • A positive, challenging and creative work environment.
  • The opportunity to work in a national institute with a high level of international contact.
  • Flexible working hours, and a wide range of welfare services.

The Institute of Marine Research offers a governmentally regulated salary as 1352 postdoc and a pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds, and other welfare benefits (see for more information).

Additional information

For additional information, please contact research scientist Benjamin Planque (, +47 48 89 30 43). You can also visit our web site at   

Please apply electronically using the link on this page, attaching a short letter of motivation, the names and contact details of at least two references, your CV with documentation to support your application (including a list of publications, transcripts or other documentation, and a selection of your most relevant publications).

Application deadline: 24 May 2019

The working language at IMR is Norwegian. Language training will be offered if necessary. Sufficient progression in learning to speak and write Norwegian is expected.

The Institute of Marine Research is an Inclusive Workplace (IW) enterprise that wishes to ensure diversity in its workforce, and we are an equal opportunity employer. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy. Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be left off the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

About IMR

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the largest research institutes of its kind in Europe, with approximately 1,000 employees and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories of high international standard. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. IMR owns and operates six research vessels. Our main offices are in Bergen, and we have a department in Tromsø and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen.