Research assistant -  Department of Geography

Deadline: 03.06.2024

University of Bergen

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Research assistant

There is a vacancy for a research assistant at the System Dynamics Group, Department of Geography, University of Bergen. The position is fulltime for a fixed-term period of 9 months. Total employment as a research assistant cannot exceed two years.

Research assistant is a recruitment position where the main task is to be a supporting entity to the academic staff in their instructional and research endeavors. The position will provide the opportunity to gain insight into scientific work and methodology.

Job description

  • Development, analysis and communication of a hybrid model for food systems in Norway combining System Dynamics and Agent-based modelling
  • Preparation of model documentation and model testing reports including information detailed in the section ‘Quality Assurance and Testing’
  • Development of a user manual explaining a) how to input data in the model, b) how to change assumptions in the model, c) how to generate the model results and d) any other specific instruction needed to run the model as intended
  • Contribution to the project “Investigating the Socioeconomic Impacts of Aging Populations”
  • Completion of 60 hours of teaching assistance time.


  • The applicant must hold a master’s degree in system dynamics. The master’s thesis must have been submitted by the application deadline
  • The requirements are generally a grade B or better on the Master thesis and for the master’s degree in total
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English
  • Good understanding of both System Dynamics and Agent Based Modelling
  • Experience using Anylogic and Netlogo
  • Familiarity with the socioeconomic system and culture of Japan and/or Iran
  • Knowledge of Japanese and/or Persian is a plus
  • Good administrative and IT-competence.

Personal characteristics:

  • Result oriented and ability to work systematically
  • Good cooperation and communication skills.

We offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Gross annual salary as research assistant with master’s degree, code 1020, will be NOK 509 300,-.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Training and good welfare benefits

The application:

Application with CV, copies of diplomas, certificates of education and other relevant documents with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge (by the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.)

Closing date: June 3, .2024. 

The application has to be marked: 2024/6321.

Potential candidates will be invited for an interview.

General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting:

  • Professor Birgit Kopainsky, e-mail birgit.kopainsky@uib.no

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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