Senior Scientist on science-policy interactions

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Norwegian Institute for Air Research

At NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, our greatest strength is our outstanding employees. They contribute to NILU’s leading position both nationally and internationally – and to a pleasant working environment.

We do research from pole to pole – from the Zeppelin observatory in Svalbard to the Trollhaugen observatory in Antarctica. Our research helps increase knowledge about climate change, the composition of the atmosphere, air quality, environmental toxins, and sustainable transitions – as well as how all these factors affect health and the environment. Every year, NILU performs hundreds of research commissions, large and small, for public and private customers, in Norway and internationally.

NILU is an independent research foundation with no owners who collect dividends. Instead, all profits are reinvested in operating and developing research services that benefit society. We place great emphasis on open research, open publishing, and open source code – because knowledge is meant to be shared.

Our main office is located in Kjeller, a short train ride from Oslo. We also have an office in Tromsø just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town. NILU has 170 employees, most of whom work at the headquarters in Kjeller.

At NILU, all employees have equal opportunities, regardless of gender, age, disability, creed/philosophy of life, language, cultural differences and sexual orientation. We respect and value individual characteristics, and do not accept any form of discrimination.

About the position

NILU’s research is of direct relevance to human health and the environment. A key activity area of expertise is in the science-policy interface where NILU provides support to the development and implementation of air quality and climate change policies in Europe.

We are therefore seeking a senior scientist/scientist with interest and capabilities to strengthen our activities on science-policy interaction, to support international and national environmental policy processes and policy/legislation development and implementation in relation to air quality and climate research.

NILU is long-term partner of the European Environment Agency (EEA), having contributed to EEAs European Topic Centres (ETCs) since 1994. NILU is currently leading the ETC on Human health (ETC-HE) and the environment and contribute to the ETC on Climate Change Mitigation and ETC on Data Integration and Digitalization (all 2022-2026). NILU also supports the work of the European Commission through consultant services on air quality legislation (Directorate General for Environment -DG-ENV) and policy relevant user uptake services under Copernicus (Directorate General for Defence, Industry and Space - DG_DEFIS). NILU is currently involved in the revision of the air quality directives as a consultant to DG_ENV and as coordinating participant in relevant air quality stakeholder networks.

The successful candidate will become a member of our policy support team and support the work we do for the EEA within the ETC-HE. A key role for the candidate will be to support the management of activities within the ETC-HE consortium and the information flows between NILU, ETC-HE and EEA, as well as coordinating and contributing to the research and outreach activities within this ETC. The candidate will also support our activities for the European Commission and is expected in time to lead such policy-interaction activities.

As NILU is a non-governmental applied research foundation, the candidate is expected to contribute to/lead project acquisition and to support other relevant externally funded projects in the environmental and climate policy domain.


The ideal candidate should hold a PhD, and have a track record/interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Environmental pressures and impacts, with emphasis on air quality and climate change
  • Air quality and environmental health risks
  • Relevant global, EU and national policies and legislation
  • Dissemination of knowledge and science-policy interface
  • Scientific management of projects involving interdisciplinary consortia

The successful candidate should have excellent communication skills in English and will be required to gain working knowledge of Norwegian language in the first two years of employment.

It will be an advantage, but not a requirement for the candidate to have:

  • Experience leading international research and stakeholder networks.
  • Knowledge of integrated assessment modelling

Informal enquiries about this open position can be directed to Research director Britt Ann K. Høiskar ([email protected]) and senior scientist Alena Bartonova ([email protected]).

We offer

At NILU, we work for our common future. Our research contributes to the fight against climate change and to secure a healthy environment and a sustainably society. This means that work is more than just work: what we do each day makes a difference.

We offer flexible working hours, work-from-home agreements, subsidised fitness training, and excellent pension and insurance schemes. Salary is competitive.

During a working day at NILU, you will encounter:

  • An international and interdisciplinary environment with pleasant colleagues from all over the world
  • Great creativity and generous sharing of knowledge
  • Broad experience and excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners
  • Meaningful work tasks, freedom to develop and allocated clear responsibilities

Details about NILU can be found at www.nilu.no.

Application prosess

The application must include:

  • Short application letter including a statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, work experience and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and degrees

Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications with missing documents will not be considered further. Original documentation may be requested.

Informal enquiries about this open position can be directed to Research director Britt Ann K. Høiskar ([email protected]) and senior scientist Alena Bartonova ([email protected]).

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