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Research assistant (Environmental contaminants)

Deadline: 15.08.2019

NIVA is looking to expand its team of researchers within the field of plastic litter in the aquatic environment, both micro- and macroplastics. In this regard, we are looking to recruit a research assistant/technician who wants to contribute to map and monitor plastics in marine and freshwater environments. Your core expertise should be environmental sample preparation and microplastics analysis, both visual and chemical. It is also an advantage if you have field experience. You will join NIVA's section for Environmental contaminants, a section of currently 19 researchers and research assistants. You will be expected also to cooperate with researchers across NIVA.

Norwegian Institute for Water Research

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading institute for basic and applied research on marine and freshwaters. The institute’s research comprises a wide array of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. NIVA’s world-class expertise is multidisciplinary with a broad scientific scope. We combine research, monitoring, evaluation, problem-solving and advisory services at international, national and local levels.

The NIVA group has approximately 340 employees. NIVA´s head office is in Oslo with regional offices in Bergen, Grimstad, Hamar, Copenhagen and China, a research station at Drøbak (Oslofjord), as well as subsidiaries in Tromsø and Chile.

Main tasks

  • Preparation of environmental samples for microplastic analysis
  • Visual and chemical analysis of microplastics
  • Contribute to method developments and validation of methods, including quality assurance of methods
  • Reporting of results
  • Contribute with analytical expertise in the writing of offers and proposals

Qualifications and experience

We are looking for a research assistant with a Master within the natural sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, ecotoxicology). In addition, applicants will be expected to show the following;

  • Proven experience and skills in microplastics analysis.
  • Experience with use and maintenance of lab instruments such as FTIR and GC-MS is desirable
  • To have a general good understanding and practical experience of laboratory work
  • Excellent written and spoken English are required. Scandinavian language skills are advantageous.

Personal abilities

We are seeking an effective, systematic and independent person who likes to work in a dynamic working environment. The ability to communicate well with international colleagues will be emphasized. You must be open to new ideas and other perspectives, and should see differences as opportunities. Flexibility, tolerance and positive attitude, dedication and perseverance are crucial abilities, as is the ability to work with complex and challenging tasks. High professional integrity and scientific approach are very important.

NIVA offers

  • Challenging and inspiring tasks at Norway’s leading water research institute with a broad project portfolio and a comprehensive international contact network.
  • Excellent development opportunities.
  • Well-equipped research infrastructure and lab facilities.
  • Stimulating, international work environment with highly skilled and dedicated employees.
  • Head office centrally located at the Oslo Science Park near the University of Oslo.
  • Competitive conditions and salaries, pension plans and insurance benefits.

Apply for position


  • Marianne Olsen (Research leader), +47 957 22 951