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JOB 1 - Effects of climate on marine ecosystems

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway has a vacancy for a 4-year postdoctoral position, where 25% of the period will be allocated for compulsory work. The focus of the postdoctoral work will be on climate effects in the northern Barents Sea and how these affect the physical environment and subsequently the marine species residing in the area.

The successful candidate will be a part of the research group Oceanography and Climate. The position will be based in Tromsø, Norway, but temporary stays in Bergen will be desirable.

The northern Barents Sea is undergoing large changes in ocean temperature and sea-ice cover, with associated changes in the marine species distribution. Through this position, the Institute of Marine Research aim to investigate some of the questions related to the effects of these changes on the marine ecosystem, including how variability in the exchange of water and sea ice between the northern Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean/the Kara Sea affect the species distribution in the northern Barents Sea. Moreover, there will be a focus on investigating the importance of the Polar Front and the northern Barents Sea for boreal species (including commercially important species) and contribute to the investigation of the effects of long-term changes in temperature and sea ice on the arctic ecosystem and the benthic-pelagic coupling. The analysis will be based on spatial data from both observations and numerical ocean models. Prior experience with the use of such data, as well as knowledge about physical-biological/-ecological coupling will therefore be advantageous. The position may include participating on scientific cruises.

The Institute of Marine Research has extensive advisory activities and the position will intersect with several of the important research questions currently being addressed.  Therefore, the 4-year postdoctoral position includes 25% of compulsory work supporting ongoing advisory activities in the Oceanography and Climate group. These activities will be running throughout the period of the position. The research group also has responsibilities related to courses within oceanography at the University of Tromsø, the Norwegian Arctic University, and part of the postdoctoral compulsory work may be related to this activity. Furthermore, the position represents an excellent career opportunity for a skilled and motivated scientist aiming to be part of a productive research community, and who find pleasure and inspiration in working at Norway’s leading marine research institution.


The successful candidate must have:

  • PhD within the field of oceanography, ecology, or other related field

In addition, the following will be given weight:

  • Experience in working with spatial data and time series analysis
  • A good understanding of ocean climate, dynamics in polar ocean regions and how these dynamics affect marine species and ecosystem
  • Good programming skills (e.g., matlab, R, python), as well as experience in statistical analysis
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a group, as well as good cooperation skills
  • Experience in cross-disciplinary work
  • Ability to generate, implement, and publish research activities efficiently and focused
  • Good skills in written and oral communication

We offer: 

  • A challenging, creative, and international working environment within one of Europe’s leading marine research institutions that is at the forefront regarding the use of marine observations for the investigation of climate effects on marine ecosystems
  • Exciting projects in a strong scientific environment
  • New locations in the Fram Center in Tromsø
  • Flexible working hours
  • Public pension scheme in Statens pensjonskasse
  • Cellphone
  • Welfare such as paid exercise within working hours, dedicated sports team, access to cabins and kayaks, and more

More information

The position as 1352 postdoctor is paid in accordance with the civil service pay scale.

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.

For more information, please visit our website, or contact Vidar S. Lien ( or mobile +47 416 142 80), or Randi B. Ingvaldsen ( or mobile +47 951 298 85).

Applications should be submitted electronically via the link on this page and should be accompanied by a full CV and relevant certificates. The application should state your qualities, competence, experience and motivation for the position.

Final date for applications 28 July 2019.


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.

In January 2018 IMR was merged with The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES). The new institute will be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems and the whole food chain from the sea to the table.