Research Data Engineer

Deadline: 18.12.2022

Norwegian Veterinary Institute The Norwegian

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a research institute in the areas of animal health, fish health and food and feed safety, whose primary function is supply of research-based knowledge support to the authorities.

NVI have a free and independent position in all academic questions. As the authorities' main advisor in topics related to prevention, handling and elimination of zoonosis and serious infectious diseases in fish and land animals, NVI performs an important task to the Norwegian society. NVI also assists in the prevention and management of crises caused by hazardous compounds and contaminants in feed and food.

We provide services and advice to the industry, professionals and pet owners. The institute’s headquarters are located in Ås, but NVI is present throughout Norway with 5 regional laboratories in Sandnes, Bergen, Trondheim, Harstad and Tromsø.

Wanted: Highly motivated and independent Research Data Engineer who wants to use their skills for better animal and fish health

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has a strong focus on good animal health and food safety, which includes monitoring, prevention and eradication of diseases and other health problems in animals. In order to accomplish this, data from many sources, such as for instance animal production data, laboratory data and environmental data have to be combined and analysed. The amounts of data that are being analysed is increasing, and the Institute is currently in the process of upscaling and transforming its data analysis processes. In order to strengthen the competence and capacity of the Institute within the management and analysis of animal and fish health data, we are now looking for a skilled and future-oriented research data engineer for a permanent full-time position. This person will work in close collaboration with the Project Leader for Digital Animal Health Data that the Institute is also currently hiring.

The position is located within the section for Epidemiology, which currently employs around 25 researchers within the fields of epidemiology, disease transmission modelling, risk assessment, health economics, biostatistics and bioinformatics. The section has a large and international project portfolio, and provides a research-focused environment with good opportunities for professional development and network building.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is committed to diversity, and we therefore encourage anyone who is qualified to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, functional ability, gaps in CV, nationality or ethnic background.

Work tasks

The position will require the candidate to facilitate and implement data acquisition, management, analysis and visualisation.

This includes:

  • Standardising quality control for datasets
  • Establishing standards and solutions for creation and use of databases
  • Facilitating and supporting good coding practices, including version control
  • Establishing systems for automatization of data management and data analyses
  • Establishing standards and solutions for structuring and visualising data
  • Facilitate and support documentation of work processes in the section
  • Provide training on relevant subjects for the institute.

The candidate will work in close collaboration with other researchers, both at the section for Epidemiology, and the rest of the Institute. The main tool for statistics and programming at the Institute is R. R is used in a wide variety of applications, such as data management, statistics, as well as the development of interactive web applications. The appointed candidate will also be involved in coordinating with other sections at the Institute, and may be asked to contribute with deliverables for research and advice for authorities. The position includes possibilities for personal development in the fields of data analysis and dissemination. The position is located in our brand-new and modern facilities at Ås.


The candidate should hold a MSc Degree in computer science, data science, statistics or an equivalent field. Documented work experience within relevant fields can compensate for the lack of formal education within these fields.

Excellent written and oral skills in English are required. Skills in a Scandinavian language is an advantage.

In addition, we will emphasise:

  • Experience with databases, perhaps also other data management solutions
  • Experience with large data sets and integration of data sets
  • Good programming skills, preferably in R, and experience with version control
  • Experience with web based data visualisation
  • Experience in working with data and coding in a team
  • Experience in teaching and training of co-workers
  • Being tech-savvy and able and interested in understanding analysis processes
  • Interest in or knowledge of veterinary or other biological research is an advantage

Personal skills

  • Ability to work in a team and to assist colleagues, as well as being able to work independently
  • Be creative and interested in exploring new technology and in adopting new ways of working and solving problems
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for getting things done
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Able to work closely with people from other disciplines

We seek candidates that identify with the Norwegian Veterinary Institute’s core values: future-oriented, ambitious, and interacting.

Personal suitability and motivation for the position will be emphasised.

We offer

  • An interesting position with exciting and varied tasks
  • A work environment characterised by a high level of competence, professional challenges and diversity
  • A flexible and inclusive workplace
  • Favourable agreements for loans and pension savings in the Government Pension Fund and for this contribution, 2% of salary is deducted

The position is paid in accordance with the Government's salary regulations. The position is placed as a senior advisor in position code 1364, or as a researcher in position codes 1108, 1109 or 1110, depending on qualifications.

If you find the above of interest, we look forward to receiving your application. CV, diploma, certificates and other relevant documents must be uploaded electronically in Webcruiter. For further information about the position, you are welcome to contact senior researcher Karin Lagesen.

We point out that the CV is used for an extended list of applicants. If you want to be exempted from the public applicant list, this must be justified in the application. Information can be published even if you have requested not to be listed on the applicant list. You will be notified if the request for a reservation is not granted.

Webcruiter ID: 4587876993

Apply for position


  • Karin Lagesen (Senior researcher), +47 91575916

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