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IT Engineer at the Norwegian Centre for Space Weather

Deadline: 13.10.2019

The position

Would you like to work with programming and IT operations in an international scientific environment? There is a vacancy for an IT Engineer at the Norwegian Centre for Space Weather (NOSWE), a dynamic small group with extensive collaboration within both UiT and internationally.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

We seek for a person who has expertise in the operation of IT systems and programming, but who also has experience in website management. The position is initially for two years with intention for further extension if funding available.

Job description

The candidate will be responsible for:

  • NOSWE's IT infrastructure and development of new contents, products, and models using science data from diverse sources in real time utilizing Python and Matlab, and
  • the seamless integration of NOSWE’s products into external systems and external products into NOSWE’s architecture.

The candidate will be responsible for maintenance through monitoring and error correction both with NOSWE’s servers and the website content with its user interfaces. The website is currently operating on a Wordpress platform.

The development of new products will require working closely with the scientific staff and coordinating with TGO’s engineers in order to ensure smooth workflow and functionality. Good co-operation skills are therefore important for the candidate to work in the unit.

Furthermore, it is expected that the candidate acquires basic knowledge of space weather.


The Norwegian Centre for Space Weather (NOSWE) is a semi-independent unit under Tromsø Geophysical Observatory (TGO) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. NOSWE is one of the major space weather service providers in Norway, currently operating mainly in the field of geomagnetism. NOSWE operates a popular website with space weather products developed from TGO’s data and from external providers.

NOSWE has been endorsed as the regional space weather warning centre in Norway, and acts as the contact point for, most importantly, government directorates and industries in issues concerning space weather, but also for the general public with related questions.


For more information on the position, please contact Daniel Martini:


The candidate should have at least a bachelor’s degree in IT engineering.

The candidate should have:

  • Experience/knowledge in server operation and secure communication over the internet
  • ­Ability to read and implement mathematical algorithms into software
  • Experience/knowledge in Python
  • Experience/knowledge in Matlab
  • Experience/knowledge in Shell scripting
  • Experience/knowledge in Linux-based systems
  • Experience/knowledge in SSO access control
  • Experience/knowledge in Wordpress
  • Experience/knowledge in basic web design
  • Ability to document his/her work in IT and other areas
  • Good co-operative skills
  • Good command of English

In addition, the following will be considered beneficial:

  • Proficiency in the Norwegian language
  • Relevant scientific background (geophysics, space physics, space weather)

In the assessment of the applicants, we will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position.


Application must include:

  • CV and application letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • 2 references

All documentation have to be in English or a Scandinavian language. Submit applications electronically through Jobbnorge.


We offer flexible working hours, a state collective pay agreement, and pension scheme through the state pension fund.

Remuneration the engineer position are in salary code 1085 or 1087 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, depending on qualifications. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability

Information about moving to Norway: http://uit.no/mobility

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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