At the Geophysical Institute there are two chief engineer vacancies for a permanent and a temporary (18 months) position in research data management. The positions are linked to a variety of projects that encompass the fields of physical oceanography, biogeochemistry and climate research. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Following up on data management requirements from the funding agencies, including Data Management Plans. 
  • Cooperating with GFI researchers in archiving and publishing data in compliance with FAIR principles.
  • Controlling the data flow between systems, and the metadata required in each.
  • Gather, structure and handle data (including format conversion), quality control metadata, and maintain documentation.
  • Advicing researchers on best practices for research data management.

Qualifications and personal attributes:

  • The applicant must have completed a master’s degree in oceanography, meteorology, climate sciences, biology, earth sciences, mathematics, or other relevant fields. Formal education can in some cases be compensated for by long and relevant experience combined with relevant courses.
  • Experience with scientific data flow, databases, quality control, data documentation and publication is an advantage. 
  • Knowledge of the international standards in the field is desired.
  • General knowledge of data management requirements and best practices is an advantage.
  • Basic knowledge of Python, R, or similar programming languages is desirable.
  • As the position requires contact with an international research group and giving presentations, firm knowledge of the English language is mandatory. 

Personal qualifications

Personal qualities necessary for the position which will be emphasized:

  • Ability to work structured and accurate, with attention to detail and results oriented.
  • Ability to work and learn independently is particularly required.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to new work tasks.
  • Good communication and collaborative skills. 
  • Traveling may be required.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • Position as chief engineer (code 1087) Salary at pay grade 55-62 in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 499 500,– 563 900,-
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting chief engineer Steve Jones ( or chief engineer Rocío Castaño Primo ( 

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments. 

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