Open Position: Permanent researcher position within fisheries acoustics – Deadline 20 December 2021

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway has a vacancy for a permanent research position in fisheries acoustics. The position is attached to the research group Ecosystem Acoustics and will be part of a team working on modelling and on methods for analyzing large acoustic data sets using modern techniques. IMR is rapidly extending its data collection capacities with autonomous underwater and surface vessels and new imaging technologies and acoustic platforms. Efficient use of the growing data stream is increasingly important to the IMR primary missions of developing our understanding of the marine environment and producing the highest quality resource management advice. In addition to modelling and analysis of acoustics data, the candidate will work on large-scale acoustic data from many fields and in close collaboration with other research groups and external partners. The workplace will be at IMR in Bergen, Norway.

The successful candidate will be part of IMR’s Ecosystem Acoustics Research Group and will be based in Bergen. For the time being the candidate will be involved in existing projects, such as SFI CRIMAC, but will be expected to actively apply for research funds for future projects.

Work at IMR:

  • Acoustic modelling,
  • Broadband acoustics.
  • Depending on competence, the candidate may be involved in advisory work in the research group on man-made noise in the marine ecosystem.

The candidate is expected to publish results in reports, international journals, and participate in relevant conferences and workgroups. It is also expected that the candidate participates actively in field studies and survey activities, and in the development on research projects leading to project proposals.


The successful candidate must have all the following qualifications:

1.       PhD with significant mathematical skills and with specialization in underwater or fisheries acoustics. That would usually mean PhD at a department of physics, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, or similar. Alternatively, PhD in fisheries acoustics could be given at a department of biology provided good skills in mathematics.

2.       Strong skills in acoustic modelling, e.g. analytical and numerical modelling of backscattering from marine organisms.

3.       Excellent skills in English, both written and oral.

In addition, the following qualifications are desired and will be given weight:

4.       Demonstrated ability to work independently as a researcher.

5.       A strong publication track record, especially within modelling, nonlinear or broadband acoustics.

6.       Proficiency in Python or MATLAB.

7.       Good knowledge in finite element (FE) modelling: proficiency in COMSOL or similar.

8.       Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and to work independently towards objectives.

9.       Signal processing.

10.   Acoustic data acquisition systems.

11.   Experience in working with anthropogenic noise.

12.   Experience in working with broadband acoustics

13.   Knowledge of acoustic transducers and experience in their use.

14.   Field work and research cruise experiences.

15.   Knowledge of marine ecosystems.

16.   The working language at IMR is Norwegian. A working knowledge of the Norwegian language will be advantageous, and language training will be offered if necessary. After 2 years it is required to speak and write Norwegian.

17.   Ability to get Norwegian security clearance.

We offer

  • A challenging job in a creative, and international working environment within one of the World’s leading marine research institutions that is at the forefront regarding the use of marine observations for the investigation of climate effects on marine ecosystems.
  • Exciting projects in a strong scientific environment.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Public pension scheme in Statens pensjonskasse.
  • The position as 1109/1110 scientist is paid in accordance with the civil service pay scale.

Additional information

The Institute of Marine Research is an Inclusive Workplace (IW) enterprise that wishes to ensure diversity in its workforce, and we are an equal opportunity employer. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy. Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be left off the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

For more information, please visit our website, or contact Rolf Korneliussen (email or phone +47 488 97 388) or Egil Ona (email or phone +47 909 98 087).

Applications should be submitted electronically via the link on this page and should be accompanied by a cover letter summarizing relevant skills (in response to the qualifications listed in the position description) and your reasons for applying for the position, a complete CV, publication list, copies of maximum 5 peer reviewed publications, three references and transcripts of academic degrees.

As part of the interview process, the candidate in question must be prepared to appear for a face-to-face interview.

Application deadline 20.12.2021

For more information, please follow this link.

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