Postdoctoral fellow in marine optics – Norwegian Polar Institute

The Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position in marine optics in our Research Department, Section for Oceans and Sea Ice. The position has a duration of three and a half years with a possible extension for up to six months, depending on funding.

The position is part of the Norwegian national research project The Nansen Legacy ( The project will provide a scientific knowledgebase needed for future sustainable resource management in the transitional Barents Sea and the adjacent Arctic Basin. It is a collaborative project between ten Norwegian institutions running from 2018-2023. Activities in the project will include international cooperation, and expeditions with the Norwegian ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon.

While employed at the Norwegian Polar Institute, the workplace for the first 1.5 years is the Institute of Physics and Technology at University of Bergen, and the final 2 years at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø.

Work Content

The postdoctoral fellow will be a part of a larger research group whose research aims to quantify the changes in the light climate in the Barents Sea and adjacent areas, and examine the factors that control light propagation in ice-covered and open water areas of the Barents Sea in different seasons.

The successful candidate will examine the recent changes in sea-ice conditions in the Barents Sea area and changes in the light climate in the ocean, using existing data and radiative transfer modelling. The inherent optical properties of the water masses and sea ice will be investigated by data collected during research expeditions and autonomous vehicles, to be utilized in models to represent the regional light conditions. Participation on cruises must be expected.

The work will be carried out in collaboration with research groups from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and other research scientists and students participating in the Nansen Legacy project.


The successful candidate must hold a completed PhD in oceanography, meteorology, physics, applied mathematics or other closely related field. A documented completed degree is a prerequisite for employment.

We are looking for candidates with experience in radiative transfer modelling and preferably a good understanding of radiative transfer in water bodies. Strong numerical and programming skills, experience with data analysis, experience with design, planning and organization of field measurements, and experience with optical and oceanographic instrumentation are assets. Experience from field-/cruise work is beneficial.

The candidate needs to have published in scientific peer-reviewed journals, and the publication record will be evaluated. We seek applicants who are structured, have good cooperative skills, but who also have the ability to work independently. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English are required.

General Information

The work place is Tromsø and Bergen, Norway. The salary will commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate, according to the Norwegian state salary code 1352 postdoctoral research fellow. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The position is open immediately.

Research expeditions can be long and enduring. Good mental and physical health is therefore required. Valid health certificates according to the NPI’s guidelines are a perquisite for employment.

The main objective of the appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution. The maximum appointment-period for position as postdoctoral research fellow is four years.

The Norwegian State Administration strives to mirror the diversity of its population and thereby achieve a balanced mix of age, gender and ethnic backgrounds among its employees. All qualified candidates with different backgrounds 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.

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 NPI’s Research Department is very diverse, both in scientific interests and in nationalities.


Further inquiries about the position may be directed to Research Scientist Mats Granskog,, tel. +47 77 75 05 58, Head of Section/Research Scientist Sebastian Gerland,, tel. +47 77 75 05 54 or Assistant Professor Børge Hamre at University of Bergen,, tel. +47 55 58 28 54.

The application deadline is 25 February 2019.

The application should include details of your relevant qualifications and experience, CV, list of publications, copies of your transcripts and names of at least three references. Please submit a complete application, including necessary documents/attachments, electronically via Detail your research interests in the cover letter. Please, do not include copies of articles or other work in the application, but note that it may be requested later in the process.

All applications are handled in confidentially until the application deadline. Thereafter, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Applicants who wish to reserve their applications from the public list must give reasons for this in their applications. Information about an applicant can be made public even if the applicant has requested not be included from the public list of applicants, cf. Freedom of Information Act, Section 25, 2nd paragraph.

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