Postdoctoral research fellow in ocean acidification effects on Arctic marine organisms

The Norwegian Polar Institute has a three year post doc. available on Ocean Acidification, with particular focus on effects of acidification on Arctic marine organisms and their ice-associated ecosystem. The post doc. will become part of the staff at the Research Department of the Norwegian Polar Institute, located at the Fram Centre in Tromsø, Norway.


The post doc. is expected to conduct biological research projects with regard to effects of ocean acidification. The scenario of increased ocean acidification and global warming are expected to affect calcifying marine organisms in the Arctic and thus the structure and function of ice-associated food webs. It will be important to determine acidification effects on different life stages of marine organisms, based on research that can include a combination of laboratory work and field campaigns with research vessels. Laboratory experiments can be carried out at Kings Bay Marine Laboratory in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, or at other relevant locations. Ocean acidification effects are an interdisciplinary field of research. The position will be part of an ecotoxicological/ecological group at the Norwegian Polar Institute, but the candidate is expected to also work closely with physical and chemical researchers to address relevant research questions. This extends to partners and collaborators in the Fram Centre as well as international research networks. Management relevance and outreach will be important outlets for this research.


We are looking for a candidate who holds a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline with regard to ocean acidification. The candidate should have biology/ecology and chemistry in the academic background, and should also show capacity for interdisciplinary work. Laboratory and field expertise are desirable, and it would also be an asset if the candidate has modelling and/or statistical skill. The candidate will be expected to interact actively with researchers in geophysics and modelling, given that ocean acidification research has strong components of biogochemical fluxes and carbon budget in the ocean. The successful candidate will be team-oriented yet expected to conduct independent research, publish in international journals and apply for external funding. The candidate should have an international publication record in a relevant field and network of researchers in ocean acidification.


The salary will commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate, according to the Norwegian State salary code 1352, scale 57 – 68 (NOK 448.400 – 548.200). The work place is the Norwegian Polar Institute, Fram Centre, Tromsø, Norway. The position is open, and the successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible.


The Norwegian State Administration strives to mirror the diversity of its population and thereby achieve a balanced mix of age, gender and ethnic backgrounds among its employees. Hence, candidates with immigrant backgrounds and women are encouraged to apply for the position.

The position of postdoctoral research fellow position is for a fixed term of three years Appointment for more than one fixed term period at the same institution is not permitted.

Further inquiries about the position may be directed to

  • Research Director Kim Holmén, e-mail:[javascript required to view e-mail address], phone: +47 77750530
  • Senior research scientist, Haakon Hop, e-mail:[javascript required to view e-mail address], phone: +47 77750522
  • Section Leader personnel Rita Brannfjell, e-mail[javascript required to view e-mail address], phone: +47 77750613

The application deadline is June 28th, 2011. The application is to be submitted electronically on the application form available at

The application should include letter of interest, CV with details of your relevant qualifications and experience and list of publications, names of at least two references. Personal information from Curriculum vitae should be put into the jobbnorge format, but please also upload original CV and Letter of interest.

All applications can be handled confidentially until the application deadline. Thereafter, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Applicants who wish to reserve their applications from the public list must give reasons for this in their applications. In accordance with new public information laws, information about an applicant can be made public even if the applicant has requested not be included from the public list of applicants, cf. Freedom of Information Act, Section 25, 2nd paragraph.

Norwegian Polar Institute, 7 June 2011. Web site.

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