Open position: engineer in ocean acidification – deadline 01 August 2022

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has a permanent position available for 1087 head engineer for measurements of inorganic carbon and greenhouse gases with a focus on the ocean’s chemical change, such as ocean acidification. The position is permanent and located in the research group Oceanography and Climate, with the workplace in Tromsø. The research group covers broadly disciplines within physical, chemical and bio-physical oceanography and climate research.


The employed engineer will be part of the team in chemical oceanography in Tromsø, and work with the full breadth of this team with a focus on collecting and analysing water samples from projects and cruises and contribute to operations and chemical analyses at the CO2 laboratory in Tromsø. The bulk of the work will be directed at Norwegian waters but work within the EAF Nansen programme will also be a significant part of the work of the employed candidate. In this work, the employed candidate is expected to contribute to the operation of the chemical workstation on board, as well as training of the local participants. The position involves participation in research cruises lasting up to one month, ranging from polar to equatorial sea areas.

The main tasks in the position will be to:

  • contribute to the daily operation of the team’s CO2-laboratory in Tromsø
  • support the EAF Nansen programme with cruise participation and training
  • support FG Sustainable development in the operation of the EAF Nansen programme
  • analyse seawater and sea ice for pH, total alkalinity and total inorganic carbon in connection with monitoring of ocean acidification
  • participate in coordination, planning, and implementation of field and cruise activities
  • quality assurance of marine chemical data

Qualification requirements and desirable competence

For the position, we seek a person with an education at least to master’s level with relevant experience and good knowledge of biological and chemical marine processes. Experience in analytical chemistry and marine chemical instrumentation is an advantage. Furthermore, it is an advantage to have experience of quality assurance of the data and a good systematic approach.

It is an advantage if you have experience with analysis of other biological and chemical parameters such as nutrient salts, oxygen, salinity and chlorophyll. Experience from cruise participation, especially in open sea areas, is also a benefit.

The working language at IMR is Norwegian. Being able to communicate well in Norwegian is an important prerequisite for both the employee and the department. It is expected that non-Norwegian-speaking employees complete Norwegian courses during the first two years of the employment. Norwegian language training will be covered by the department after completed and passed courses. Training in Norwegian will be given to non-proficient candidates who will be expected to reach B-1 level within two years after employment. Furthermore, the candidate must be fluent in both oral and written English.

To find out more, follow this link.

NF-POGO Alumni Network for the Ocean, 8 July 2022. More information.

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