LEDIG STILLING VED Nordlandsforskning

Researcher - Blue Governance

Deadline: 01.02.2023


Nordland Research Institute (NRI) is growing, and we are now looking to hire more skilled researchers in permanent positions to meet our expansion.

We have recently been granted several large projects on topics such as ocean management, blue-green economy, processes of change in coastal communities, climate and biodiversity challenges, and the development of institutional frameworks and management of the seas. Therefore, we are looking new colleagues with a background in the broad field of Blue Governance. Relevant research topics for this position include but are not limited to empowerment strategies for coastal communities, co-production processes, STS approaches You will work with coastal communities across the EU to co-develop sustainable futures using methods and approaches such as

  • Nature-based solutions to climate change
  • Social innovation processes
  • Living Laboratory and co-creation methods
  • Future scenario workshops
  • Ocean literacy activities

The right candidate will be included in our research teams in large EU projects such as EmpowerUS and Prep4Blue, but will also be expected to participate in other projects and in project initiation activities at the institute.

Experience from applied research, interdisciplinary collaboration, project work and field work will be emphasized. You must be proactive and creative with the ability to both lead and participate in initiation processes and project work. We are looking for a candidate that desires to/You must desire to participate in and further develop social science practice and theory development. It is preferable that you are familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

We work interdisciplinary, and you must have a good foundation in your specialist field but also find it exciting to work together with other specialists and practitioners. You must have good collaboration skills, but also an independent 'drive'; a desire to make a difference and to influence developments in this era of rapid change. If you have a background in disciplines such as community planning, political science, environmental sociology, nature management, social anthropology, social geography, sociology, economics/circular economy or other relevant disciplines that you think could fit into our focus areas and project portfolio – we encourage you to apply.

For this position we are looking for a person with a PhD. It is ideal, but not necessary, if you are fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, and excellent English oral and writing skills, is a must.


  • A permanent position in an independent, stable, engaging and expanding research institute
  • An excellent working environment characterized by trust, openness and support
  • Exciting and independent tasks in a local, national and international inter- and transdisciplinary environment
  • Great opportunities for professional and personal development
  • Excellent pension, insurance, and welfare schemes
  • Salary by agreement, depending on competence and experience
  • Flexible working hours

We are the only social science research institute in Norway with both ownership and headquarters in the north. We are a total of around 45 researchers distributed across the workplaces located in Bodø (head office), Lofoten and Mo i Rana. We want you to state your preferred place of work in your application, so that we can decide together where would be the best fit.

The NRI is a partner in regional, national and international networks. We both lead and participate in several national and international research projects, including eight EU projects (Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe). Our position as an important provider of social science based knowledge in the northern regions and the Arctic provides opportunities for professional development, network building and strategic positioning for our researchers.

The NRI works for equality at all levels - gender balance, diversity and inclusion are important basic values for us. We aim to ensure diversity through our recruitment processes, and aim to facilitate for a flexible working environment.

Excited? Then we hope to hear from you!

If you have any questions, please contact our:

  • Research Manager, Brigt Dale, by phone 99 03 08 36 or mail bda@nfork.no, or
  • Manager HR & Quality, Eva Jenssen, by phone 98 90 11 78 or mail eje@nforsk.no

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