Postdoctoral fellowship - Macroplankton - Ecosystem Acoustics

Application deadline: 10.02.2019

Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the largest research institutes of its kind in Europe, with approximately 1,000 employees and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories of high international standard. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. IMR 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.

In January 2018 IMR was merged with The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES). The new institute will be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems and the whole food chain from the sea to the table.

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway has a vacancy for a 2 years position as a postdoctoral researcher on methods to map distributions and biomass of arctic zooplankton, with emphasis on krill and amphipods. The position is attached to the research group Ecosystem Acoustics. The workplace will be at IMR in Bergen, Norway.

Area of research

The position is affiliated with the research project The Nansen Legacy (nansenlegacy). The Nansen Legacy is the Norwegian Arctic research community’s joint effort to establish a holistic understanding of a changing marine Arctic climate and ecosystem. It is a collaborative project between ten Norwegian research institutions and will run from 2018-2023. Activities in the project will include international cooperation, and several cruises with the new, ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon. The principal area of research is under the Nansen legacy cross cutting activity on “Technology and methods development (RA-C)”.

The successful candidate will be part of the Nansen legacy team working across several research groups at IMR and partner institutions. The main task for the postdoc will be to combine information from several instruments, including broad-band echosounders and drop sondes, vessel mounted echo sounders and net sampling, and methods to combine the data from these instruments into indices of abundance and distribution of macro zooplankton. The candidate will be responsible for data collection at sea, working up data and samples and provide data products on biomass and species composition for the Nansen legacy project. In addition to the core tasks, the candidate is expected to collaborate across the Nansen legacy project.


The candidate must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent education in a relevant field, e.g. biology, informatics, physics, applied mathematics, or statistics. Further, the candidate should have:

  • Demonstrated capability of producing scientific publications.
  • Experience in data analysis and statistics
  • Experience in computer programming (e.g. Python or R).
  • Good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Other desired factors are:

  • Fisheries acoustics
  • Marine ecology and plankton ecology
  • Statistical sampling methods and survey design
  • Field work experience, preferably from ocean going research vessels
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  • The working language at IMR is Norwegian. A working knowledge of the Norwegian language will be advantageous, and language training will be offered if necessary.

We offer:

  • A positive, challenging and creative work environment.
  • The opportunity to work 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 Fund, and other welfare benefits (see for more information).

Additional information

For more information about the vacant position, please research group leader Rolf Korneliussen ([email protected]) or senior scientist Nils Olav Handegard ([email protected]). You can also find more information on our web site:

IMR is an “Including Working Life Enterprise” concerned with diversity and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply. Please note that information about applicants can 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 your CV with documentation to support your application (including a list of publications, transcripts or other documentation).

Please submit your application electronically via the link on this page, enclosing a full CV including a list of publications, copies of relevant recommendations and academic transcripts.

Application deadline: 10.02.2019

Start data: August 2019

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