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Permanent position as research scientist in acoustics
IMR | Bergen, Norway | Deadline: 1 Mar 2019

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has available a permanent position as scientist in fisheries acoustics. The place of employment will be in Bergen, Norway. The successful applicant will be part of the Ecosystem Acoustics group at IMR, working with improving abundance estimation of fish stocks and behavioural studies using modern acoustic instrumentation and platforms.

IMR provides advice to national and international management authorities on sustainable exploitation of marine resources and on deleterious ecosystem effects of such an exploitation. This advice is based upon the best possible research and knowledge to minimize associated risk.  There is still uncertainty regarding distribution, densities and degree of species mixtures of ecosystems, as well as how fish interact with the productive layers of zooplankton closer to the sea surface. Using a combination of research vessels, stationary acoustics, remotely and autonomously operated platforms and new sampling tools, it is expected that the uncertainties may be reduced, and that better advice can be given on future exploitation of these resources. Cooperation with the professional fishing industry is an important part of this role. 

The successful applicant will be involved in ongoing research projects, as well as being involved in writing proposals for new research projects. He/she will be given main responsibility within their fields of interest, according to competence, and will concentrate on projects aiming to measure and describe the absolute density of fish acoustically.


  • Improvements of methods used during regular acoustic abundance estimation surveys.
  • Projects related to measurements of fish and their predators from permanent observatories.
  • Projects developing instruments for probing into layers of fish.
  • Projects to experimentally determine the backscattering from individual fish and targets.
  • Participate and represent IMR in international marine acoustic fora.
  • New projects targeting acoustics.

The candidate is expected to publish results in reports and international journals and participate in relevant conferences and workshops.

Requirments and qualifications

Academic requirements:

  • PhD in physics, applied mathematics or similar, with competence in marine acoustics. Specialization in fisheries acoustics is preferred.

Other requirements:

  • The successful candidate should have experience with data analysis and programming tools for example R, Matlab, and Python.
  • Good skills in modelling scattering properties of biological organisms.
  • Good skills in project generation and project management.
  • Field experience is advantageous, especially onboard ocean-going vessels.
  • Documented experience in operation of and processing of data from acoustic observation systems such as sonars or echo sounders (including broadband echo sounders) will be given particular attention.
  • The candidate will be involved in oceanic surveys on research vessels each year and must fulfill standard health requirements for such work.
  • The work requires multi-disciplinary cooperation. It is therefore essential that the candidate shows an ability to work in teams.
  • The working language at IMR is Norwegian. A working knowledge of the Norwegian language will be advantageous, and language training will be offered if necessary. Sufficient progression in learning to speak and write Norwegian is required.
  • Oral and written communication skills in English are required.

We offer

  • A creative and good work environment, with interesting and challenging science.
  • Work in a national institute with extensive international contacts.
  • Flexible working hours, and a wide range of welfare services.

The Institute offers a governmentally regulated salary as scientist 1109, 1110 or 1183 and an excellent pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, and other welfare benefits (see for more information).


Additional information

For more information about the vacant position, please refer to IMR , or Research Group Manager Rolf J. Korneliussen, tel. +47 488 97 388, e-mail:

The Institute of Marine Research is an Inclusive Workplace 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 exempted from the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

Please submit your application electronically via the link on this page, enclosing a full CV including a list of publications, copies of relevant recommendations and academic transcripts.  Please document skills and give at least two references that can be contacted.

Application deadline: 01.march 2019

About us

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.