[MARMAM] contract Research Scientist (repeat announcement)

Andrew Lowther Andrew.Lowther at npolar.no
Wed Sep 17 23:06:34 PDT 2014

Hi all,

Please see below advert for an 18mth (possible extension up to total 2.5 years) Research Scientist role at the Norwegian Polar Institutes´Biodiversity section.  This role is available immediately.


Apologies to all those who contacted us originally that the role was not available on Jobbnorge - this has been corrected, and applications can now be accepted ONLY through jobbnorge.no  until the 8th OCTOBER.

Andy Lowther
Research Scientist - Biodiversity

The Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway invites applications for a position as research scientist in biodiversity. The work will be conducted in the Section of Biodiversity in our Research Department. The position is temporary for a period of 1,5 years with a possible extension of 1 year, depending on funding.

Work Content

The successful candidate will work within the Biodiversity Programme on fine-scale dietary analyses of pygoscelid penguins and seals in the sub Antarctic in relation to krill fishing and climate change. The sample collections (in-hand) are from the South Orkneys Islands in the western South Atlantic (2013/2014). Samples from Bouvetøya in the eastern South Atlantic will be collected this coming austral summer (2014/2015). It is expected that sampling will also be done in the planned extension period of this programme in both locations during 2015/2016.

The diet study will be part of a larger effort that involves tracking data, accelerometer-magnetometer records, habitat utilization and relationships between predators and krill-fishing effort. The candidate will be integrated into project elements beyond purely dietary assessments, dependent on the skill set(s) that he/she brings to the programme.

The results of the studies are expected to be published in a timely fashion in international journals.


Candidates must hold a completed PhD in animal ecology. We are seeking a candidate who has a solid background in biology with direct research experience dealing with predator dietary analyses (FAs, isotopes, qPCR, scat analyses etc.). The candidate must have good skills in Excel, Access, R programming and multivariate statistics.

Research experience dealing with marine predator diving and spatial data and a good publication record (according to career stage) will be considered an asset. Field experience is desirable.

We are looking for a positive, highly motivated, adaptable candidate with good collaborations skills. Good written and spoken communication skills in English are required.


The work place is the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. The project is part of a bilateral research effort between Norway and the United Kingdom (British Antarctic Survey).

The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate, under the Norwegian state salary code 1109, scale 57-64 (currently 482,800-549,400 NOK per year). The position is available immediately.

Tromsø is a city of 70.000 residents situated in northern Norway at nearly 70°N. Tromsø is known as a good place to experience the midnight sun, polar night, varied outdoor activities and a lively cultural and entertainment environment. It is also a major, and expanding, center for research, with numerous government and private research institutions and a major university. The Research Department at the Norwegian Polar Institute is very diverse, both in scientific interests and in nationalities.

The Norwegian State Administration strives to mirror the diversity of its population and take use of the population's overall competencies. All qualified candidates with different educational backgrounds, work and life experience are encouraged to apply. The Norwegian Polar Institute is an IW-enterprise and adjustments will be made to the workplace regarding health issues, if necessary.

Further inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Kit M. Kovacs, kovacs at npolar.no<mailto:kovacs at npolar.no>, tel. +47 77 75 05 26, or Dr. Andrew Lowther, lowther at npolar.no<mailto:lowther at npolar.no>, tel. +47 77 75 05 44.

The application deadline is 8th October 2014. The application should include details of your relevant qualifications and experience, CV, list of publications, copies of your transcripts and names of at least two references. The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no<http://www.jobbnorge.no/>.

Andy Lowther

Norwegian Polar Institute

tel: +47 77 75 05 42
e: andrew.lowther at npolar.no

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