Researcher in marine biogeochemical / ecosystem / physical modelling

Deadline: 07.11.2021

Norwegian Institute for Water Research

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway's leading research institute for the aquatic environment, working across a wide range of environmental, climate and resource issues. Our high quality research is characterised by its relevance, and its holistic and interdisciplinary approach, combining research with monitoring, assessment, problem solving and consulting. The NIVA group has approximately 400 employees and is headquartered in Oslo, with branches in Bergen, Grimstad, Hamar and Copenhagen, together with a marine research station in Drøbak, and subsidiaries in Tromsø, Chile and China

NIVA’s Oceanography section invites applications for a Research Scientist position within marine biogeochemical/ecosystem/physical modelling. We seek applications from researchers to join our group to use marine modelling to better understand how the coastal and open oceans interact and respond to natural and anthropogenic stressors and drivers. The Oceanography section is composed of 25 research scientists and engineers who employ modelling, observational, and experimental approaches to provide a comprehensive approach for addressing research questions related to oceanography and marine biogeochemistry. The successful candidate will be expected to develop model code, conduct simulations, and perform analysis of results, seek external funding to develop their own research portfolio, as well as contribute to existing Norwegian- and European-funded projects that use models to assess the impacts of climate change in the open ocean as well as fjord and coastal areas. We also expect that the successful candidate will contribute to peer-reviewed publications and enhance collaborations within our diverse section and with other research sections at NIVA including, but not limited to, Marine Biology, Catchment Biogeochemistry, and Water and Society.

NIVA's main office/lab is in Oslo where half of the Oceanography section members are located, but the Oceanography section also has offices in Bergen and Grimstad. The workplace can be further discussed with the candidate.

Duties and responsibilities

PhD degree with a proven research record within marine biogeochemical, ecosystem, and/or physical modelling


  • Postdoc experience is desirable but not required
  • Strong programming and data analytic skills
  • Experience with programming in Python (xarray, dask, pandas), Fortran, and/or R is a requirement; experience with Matlab, GIS, and web-based database tools is desirable
  • Familiarity with marine biogeochemical/ecosystem/physical models (e.g., ERSEM, ROMS, NEMO, FVCOM, Ecopath, Ecosim)
  • Good track record with respect peer-reviewed publications
  • Proficiency in oral and written English. Knowledge of Norwegian is advantageous but not a prerequisite

Personal qualities

We are looking for an enthusiastic, goal-oriented candidate with good communication skills, who wishes to work in a broad, interdisciplinary and international research group with colleagues from a range of backgrounds. NIVA seeks a flexible candidate with the ability to work on a variety of tasks.

NIVA’s work environment is distinguished by respect and equality. We treat each other equally and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, functional ability, religion, ethnic and cultural background or any other defining aspect of an individual.

We can offer

  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in a leading national water research institute.
  • An opportunity for professional and personal development.
  • A multicultural, social and creative work environment, and an enthusiastic team of researchers and developers.
  • Competitive conditions and salaries, pension plans and insurance benefits.

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Apply for position


  • Andrew King (Research Manager), +47 982 27 725
  • Ailbhe Lisette Macken (Research Manager), +47 982 15 472
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