Vacant position as scientist – seal population assessments (Mrk. 55-16)

At the Institute of Marine Research we currently have a vacant position for a scientist to work primarily on seal population assessments. The position is permanent, is currently organized at the Marine mammal research group, and the work place is Tromsø.
The objective of the Marine mammal research group is to continue to develop methodology for, and to routinely update, the basis for provision of advice regarding the management of seals and whales (numbers, productive capacity, and ecological importance), concentrating on species that are harvested or that are important links in marine ecosystems. The Institute of Marine Research gives advice to Norwegian fisheries management authorities, and the advice is based on biomass measurement, ongoing investigations of production potential and stock structure, and monitoring and quantification of spatial distribution, diet, consumption and condition of seals and whales. The uncertainty in estimates is quantified.
The main field of research and management advice for the position will be related to the assessment of seal populations (population dynamics, abundance estimation, and harvest potential), seal ecology, statistical parametrization and estimation of uncertainty. Development and improvement of methodology as well as of the models used will also be important. The person employed will be involved in population assessments of harvested species in relevant management bodies such as ICES and NAMMCO. In addition to the responsibility fields already described, the applicant must be prepared to contribute in other related research questions addressed by the Institute of Marine Research. On this background, the applicant should have a strong mathematical/statistical competence.
Programming skills is a must. It is preferable that the applicant know C/C++ (AD Model Builder and/or Template Model Builder), GNU GCC compilator and debugger, use of make-files and linux/unix. Furthermore, it is desirable that the applicant is familiar with general linear models (GLM), generalized additive models (GAM), variance component models, maximum likelihood estimators, Monte Carlo simulations and bootstrapping, model selection and validation. Knowledge of numerical non-linear optimization and survey/experiment design will be beneficial. In the Marine mammal research group, R is the prime statistical tool.
Field work on board our research vessels and other travel activities related to the position may occur.
To fill the vacancy, we are looking for a person with a strong mathematical/statistical background on PhD level (or have a comparable competence at this level). Experience from management related work is desirable. Personal qualities such as good communication and cooperation skills, the ability to work independently, efficiently and purposefully, as well the ability to generate, implement and report project activities will be emphasized.
We offer:
a good and creative working environment
work at a national institute with extensive international contacts
flexible working hours, good pensions and welfare schemes
The position as 1109/1110 scientist is paid in accordance with the civil service pay scale.
Would you like more information? Contact research group leader Tore Haug (e-mail:, tel. +4795284296) or go to our
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.
Applications should be submitted electronically via the link on this page, and should be accompanied by a full CV, relevant certificates and list of publications. Any previous skills assessment should also be provided.
Final date for applications: October 15th 2016

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