Research scientist position, Southern Ocean – Norwegian Polar Institute

The Norwegian Polar Institute

in Tromsø, Norway invites applications for a permanent research scientist position in physical oceanography, with focus on the Southern Ocean. The work will be conducted in the institute’s Research Department, Section for Oceans and Sea Ice.

Work content

The successful candidate will contribute to the institute’s oceanographic research and monitoring in the Southern Ocean, with specific focus on the region between Bouvet Island and the coast of Dronning Maud Land.

The main focus of the position will be on mesoscale to regional dynamics associated with oceanic fronts, ocean-ice shelf interactions and ocean-sea ice interactions in the Antarctic ice zone, with connections to heat transport, meltwater processes and carbon uptake. Topics may further include flow-topography interactions, submesoscale processes and mixing.

The researcher will develop and conduct studies building on hydrographic data and data from oceanographic moorings. In addition, the use, incorporation and development of new

technologies for collection data is highly desirable, i.e. autonomous platforms like gliders and floats, remote data access systems or optimizing moored observatories. Use of numerical models or model output to increase process understanding can be an asset.

Close collaboration with scientists in other disciplines is expected. Participation in polar cruises/field campaigns is also expected. The researcher is expected to publish in international peer-reviewed journals and to raise external funding to support further development of the institute’s oceanographic research. The researcher will contribute to environmental management related advice processes carried out at the institute for national and international management authorities or agencies, and represent the institute in relevant international bodies.


The successful candidate must hold a completed PhD in physical oceanography. We require a researcher with a strong scientific background in polar ocean processes. Experience with large data sets, water mass analysis, time series analysis and experience from oceanographic cruises is required. Experience with analysis of oceanographic features such as mesoscale eddies and filaments, from coast to open ocean, is an advantage. The same is experience with gliders, data from marine mammals, and autonomous platforms. Experience with numerical modeling and/or analysis of model output and relevant satellite data is an asset.

The candidate should have demonstrable expertise of processing and analyzing CTD-data, ADCP-data, time series of hydrographic and current measurements collected by moored instruments, and advanced numerical skills using programming tools such as MATLAB.

Recently published articles in sound peer-reviewed scientific journals must be documented. We seek applicants who have the ability to apply for external funding of research, as well as demonstrated abilities in participation in outreach activities and public popularization of scientific findings.

We seek a highly motivated, team-oriented person who enjoys working co-operatively in cross-disciplinary research groups. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English are required. Communication skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language are an asset. Candidates who do not speak Norwegian is expected to learn the language within a 5-year period.


Further inquiries about the position may be directed to head of the Oceans and Sea Ice Section, Sebastian Gerland,, tel. +47 77 75 05 54, Senior Research Scientist Arild Sundfjord,, tel. +47 77 75 05 35, or Senior Research Scientist Agneta Fransson,, tel. +47 406 16 653.

The application should include details of your relevant qualifications and experience, CV, publication list, copies of your transcripts and names of at least three references. The application must be submitted electronically through Please, do not include copies of articles or other work in the application, but note that it may be requested later in the process.

The application deadline is 22 May 2018.

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