Institute of Marine Research - Postdoctoral fellow in ecosystem modelling

The Institute of Marine Research is Europe’s largest center of marine research. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. We have a staff of around 1000 and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories

of high international standard. The Institute 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.

Postdoctoral fellow in ecosystem modelling

Deadline 28.02.2018

About the position:

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway has an immediate opening for a 3-year position as a postdoctoral fellow within ecosystem modelling in the research group Ecosystem Processes.

Area of Research:

The principal area of research for the current postdoctoral position is to use and further develop ecosystem models with a special focus on fjords and coast. The work will be conducted within the multidisciplinary project “Modelling the environmental conditions in fjords and coast”, focusing on the use of ecosystem models, in combination with other monitoring, for an improved assessment of the environmental conditions and anthropogenic impacts, as well as studies on ecosystem structure, function, dynamics and vulnerability. The activities within MORMOR is mainly focused around the NORWECOM.E2E model system, which is an NPZD model including full life-cycle individual based models (IBMs) for key species at several trophic levels with separate modules for ocean acidification and the transport and fate of pollutants. The postdoctoral work will include i) use and development of ecosystem models with special focus on NORWECOM.E2e, and ii) analyses of model results in combination with other monitoring.

Attention will be given to model validation and sensitivity analyses of the underlying model assumptions, the model structure and the values of input parameters. The results will contribute to the development of an integrated ecosystem assessment for a sustainable use of the Norwegian coast and fjords. Extensive research collaboration with national and international institutions is expected and encouraged.

The postdoc position is in the Ecosystem Processes research group, working on research, monitoring and management advice on ecosystem structure, function and dynamics, including climate change effects and impacts of human activities, using both empirical and ecosystem modelling approaches. The ecosystem modeling team at IMR counts six researchers from different disciplines and research Groups.

Applicant qualifications:

Candidates must have completed a PhD or equivalent degree in marine ecology, oceanography, biology, mathematics or related. The candidate should have excellent programming skills, as well as a good scientific publication record, oral and written communication skills and high profiency in English. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and to work independently and effectively towards objectives is necessary.

Previous experiences with food web and/or ecosystem models and with model sensitivity analyses are an advantage, as well as experience in programming in Fortran or C, and data analysis with Matlab, Python or R. Previous work in the fields of marine ecology and fisheries is also an advantage. A working knowledge of the Norwegian language is an advantage, but language training courses in Norwegian will be offered.

We offer:

  • the opportunity to participate in development of state-of-the art ecosystem models in a positive, challenging and creative work environment.
  • workplace in a national institute with a high level of international contact.
  • flexible working hours, and a wide range of welfare services.

The Institute offers a governmentally regulated salary as 1352 postdoctoral fellow and an excellent pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds, and other welfare benefits (see for more information).

The work place will be at IMR in Bergen.

Additional information:

For additional information, please contact:

  • Dr. Morten D Skogen (email:  or +47 917 12 689) or
  • Research group leader Mette Skern-Mauritzen (email:, phone: +47 924 62 615)

IMR is an “Including Working Life Enterprise” concerned with diversity and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

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 apply electronically using the link on this page, attaching a short letter of motivation, the names and contact details of at least two references, your CV with documentation to support your application (including a list of publications, transcripts or other documentation, and a selection of your most relevant publications).

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 28.02.2018

Kontakt: Dr. Morten D Skogen
Telefon: +47 917 12 689

Kontakt 2: Mette Skern-Mauritzen (Research group leader)
Telefon: +47 924 62 615