Project leader - NILU's data centre for atmospheric research

Søknadsfrist: 01.12.2022

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 Zeppelin in Svalbard to Trollhaugen in Antarctica. Our research helps increase knowledge about climate change, the composition of the atmosphere, air quality, sustainable transitions and environmental toxins – 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.

At NILU, all employees are equal, 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

We seek a well-organized, structured and efficient project leader that have an interest in natural science and international collaboration to solve vital challenges related to air pollution and climate change.

The position is permanent and linked to NILUs role as an international data center for atmospheric observations. NILU have strong ambitions to deliver open access to data and tailored services to support our users.

You will contribute to further strengthen the Department for Atmospheric and Climate Research (ATMOS) project portfolio related to observation-based research on atmospheric composition.

You will engage in ongoing projects as well as target new projects from competitive funding opportunities (i.e. the Norwegian research council, EU’s Horizon Europe, the European Space Agency, and from Norwegian and European public sector agencies).

Duties of the position

Participate and take lead in project management and project acquisition activities. Contribute to our data infrastructure work and engage with scientist as well as ICT-developers to reach our strategic goals. Follow up individual projects and opportunities


The position requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an expressed ability to work in team.

We would like you to have the following qualifications:

  • Higher education (Masters- or PhD)
  • Experience in scientific project work, either as a scientist or project manager.
  • A background in geoscience, data science or ICT.
  • Knowledge about Norwegian or European research funding mechanisms
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English, and a willingness to become fluent in Norwegian with time.

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 and support the European Green Deal. 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, subsidized 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 highly competent and complementary group and excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners

Most of our approximately 170 employees work at the main office 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.

Application process

Your application should be submitted no later than the 1. December 2022 and should contain:

  • Application letter including a statement of motivation and work interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates including grades
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees

Details about NILU can be found at www.nilu.no. Informal enquiries about the available position can be directed to department director, Kjetil Tørseth ([email protected]).

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