PhD position in marine ecosystem modelling of cumulative impact in the Barents Sea

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has an immediate opening for a 3 year PhD position on the ecosystem impacts of cumulative impact using end-to-end modelling. The position is placed in Bergen, Norway.

Area of research:

The position will be a part of the project BarentsRISK; Assessing risk of cumulative impacts on the Barents Sea ecosystem and its services. The project runs for 4 years, 2019-2022, is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and includes cooperation between IMR, the University of Tromsø, NINA, and international universities and institutes; University of Hamburg, PINRO, CSIRO and NOAA. The main objective of the project is to develop and implement the first Ecosystem Risk Assessment (ERA) for the Barents Sea ecosystem, assessing cumulative impacts across sectors within one, unified framework including direct and indirect, food-web mediated responses.

The key focus of the PhD position is quantitative risk analyses, using ecosystem models to quantify the direct and indirect effects of cumulative impacts on marine ecosystem components. The candidate will also take part in scenario development for the ecosystem modelling, based on a series of workshops with stakeholders from a wide range of sectors (e.g. oil and gas, shipping, WWF, fisheries). The end-to-end Nordic and Barents Seas Atlantis model will be used side-by-side with other modelling systems to explore tradeoffs within and between the identified scenarios.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have completed their Master`s degree in oceanography, numerical mathematics, fisheries biology, fisheries economy or related.

  • Have documented programming skills and experience with data analysis (e.g. Matlab, R, python, C++, Fortran).

  • Have oral and written communication skills and high proficiency in English.

  • Are able and willing to work in a multi-diciplinary team and who work independently and effectively towards the project objectives.

Experience in numerical modelling (including the Atlantis framework) is an advantage.

The working language at IMR is Norwegian, and working knowledge of the Norwegian language is an advantage. If needed, language training will be offered and costs incurred will be reimbursed based upon completion of the language course.

We offer:

IMR offers a governmentally regulated salary as 1017 stipendiat (PhD position).

In addition, the PhD candidate will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to work in one of Europe’s leading marine research institutions, and participate in development of state-of-the art ecosystem models in a positive, challenging and creative work environment.

  • Flexible working hours.

  • Public sector occupational pension through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (see for more information).

  • Corporate cabins and sport teams.

Additional information:

Please submit your application electronically through this site, enclosing a full CV including diplomas and certificates and copies of relevant recommendations. Please give at least two references that can be contacted.

For more information about the position, please contact research group leader Mette Skern-Mauritzen ( / +47 924 62 615) or research scientist Cecilie Hansen ( / +47 984 31 016).

You can also visit our web site at /

The Institute of Marine Research values diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, functional ability, nationality or ethnical background. We are an Including Working Life Enterprise, and we aim to facilitate for applicants with reduced abilities.

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be exempted from the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

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