Researcher in the field of maritime transportation & logistics with a focus on the High North

Deadline: 04.12.2020


Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 11,000 students and 1,300 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

Nord University Business School (HHN) educates the economists, managers and innovators of tomorrow. The Business School provides relevant education and research holding international level through its close cooperation with business, public management and society. The Faculty offers a PhD in Business. Nord University Business School has 2,800 students and 230 employees. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Market, Organisation and Management; Economic Analysis and Accounting, and Traffic.

Read more: www.nord.no/hhn.

The Centre for High North Logistics (CHNL) is one of two university centers within the Nord University Business School devoted to the High North and Arctic issues. CHNL aims to take on a leading role in research and teaching in Arctic transportation and logistics with a special focus on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and the Northeast Passage (NEP) between NW Europe and NE Asia. The center has a strong network and cooperation with Norwegian and universities and research organisations in Russia, US Alaska, China, Finland Japan and South Korea. CHNL provides information and critical data to commercial shipping and support industries on current Arctic transport and logistics operations from CHNL’s Information Office in Murmansk, Russia.

Read more at chnl.no and arctic-lio

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About the position

The Center for Northern Logistics (CHNL) expands and will increase its academic activity with a 100 % permanent position for a Researcher to strengthen research related to maritime transport and logistics focusing on the High North.

The candidates will be part of an international research team at CHNL. The positions will further strengthening research activities at the CHNL with focus on innovative and viable logistics solutions for the Arctic region. The research activities will be tailored to the candidates’ own research interests, but should concern the following ongoing research areas at CHNL:

  • Modelling and development of an interconnected and innovative Arctic transportation and logistics system based on future predicted traffic patterns;
  • Ship traffic analysis along the Eurasian Arctic Coast;
  • Strategic and socio-economic significance of transshipment hubs for Arctic shipping;
  • Current and future investment needs and financing mechanism for Arctic infrastructure development; Cost-benefit-risk analysis of Arctic shipping;
  • Future cargo base for Arctic shipping and import/export analysis
  • Operational risks and environmental impact assessments of Arctic shipping, including preparedness, response, and mitigation methods;
  • Strengthening our cooperation with partners in Northeast Asia, particularly in China.

The Researcher position is ideal for people who want to develop a strong network and publish within these research areas. CHNL has excellent conditions to do research with the possibility of funding travel and use of student assistants.

We wish to hire a Researcher who can demonstrate significant research publications with the ability to initiate and develop research projects and activities. It is crucial for CHNL that the Researcher will initiate and participate in application writing; for example to the Research Council of Norway and the EU.

The main focus of the position is on research, but some teaching at the bachelor, master and doctoral level as well as administrative responsibility must be expected. The Researcher is expected to contribute to the development of the academic environment at the faculty, together with colleagues.

There are great development opportunities within the Nord University and the Researcher will get to work with inspiring colleagues with high competence and genuine commitment.

The Researcher gets an office at the CHNL at the Business School in Bodø but must also be willing to travel to other CHNLs offices in Kirkenes in Northern Norway and Murmansk in NW Russia.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must have relevant PhD or equivalent within the business-related subject area with a focus on transport and logistics, for example within: transport and logistics, value chain analysis and management, economic analysis and international trade.
  • Applicants must have good communication skills in written and oral English to interact with both academic and industrial environment. Knowledge of Norwegian or equivalent Scandinavian languages and Chinese is considered an advantage.

In assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on previous relevant research experience in the field of maritime logistics and transport and related topics and teaching experience from relevant areas. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the applicant's specialization in relation to CHLN's needs and to the applicant's professional adaptation in relation to other researchers at CHNL.

Of personal qualities, we wish a colleague who is distinctively innovative, creative and outgoing. We make demands for independence and the ability to implement in line with our ambitious goals.

We offer

The position is compensated according to Norwegian government regulations, code 1109 as Researcher. Salary by agreement.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview and trial lecture. These will be decisive for the appointment.

If there are many applicants, an internal committee may be convened to identify the most relevant candidates in the pool. These candidates will then be evaluated by an expert committee. All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 04.12.2020

The application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Complete CV summarizing education, positions held, teaching and research experience, publications, administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and certificates
  • Complete copies of up to 10 of the most relevant publications / academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered, along with a list of those submitted. The list should include five publications that the applicant believes to be most important, along with the reasons why. The doctoral dissertation should be included.
  • Documentation of other activities which the applicant considers relevant to the position and desires to be considered in the assessment.
  • Contact information for 2-3 referees

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application. Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application deadline has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make public any information about the applicant.

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