UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics - Administration

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

Project Manager for UiT and APECS

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) announces a vacant position for a Project Manager to manage the training and outreach activities that complement APECS activities, as part of the recently funded Horizon 2020 EU projects APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArctiC ClimATE change) and INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic).

The opportunity is a temporary position until 30 April 2019 in the Research Department of The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics. The period of appointment may be extended. The Project Manager will be located and employed at UiT in Tromsø, Norway. Additionally, the project manager will hold the title of “APECS Project Officer” within the APECS International Directorate Office. APECS and UiT will collaborate on UiT tasks in the APPLICATE and INTERACT projects. The APECS Executive Director will supervise the candidate remotely from the APECS International Directorate office location at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany. For more information, please contact

• Dr. Gerlis Fugmann, telephone +49(331)2882219  gerlis.fugmann@apecs.is  
• Rolf Rødven, telephone +47 77646011 rolf.rodven@uit.no

About the projects
APPLICATE is an EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme-financed project involving 16 partners from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). The multinational and multidisciplinary consortium will work to enhance weather and climate prediction capabilities not only in the Arctic, but also in Europe, Asia, and North America, To develop adequate tools to predict when and how severe weather systems will affect Europe, Asia and North America is vital to inhabitants of these regions. For more information on APPLICATE visit http://applicate.eu/

INTERACT is an EU HORIZON 2020 EU infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of currently 77 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program. For more information visit the INTERACT website http://www.eu-interact.org/

The successful candidate will work on managing the UiT tasks within the APPLICATE and INTERACT projects, which are focused primarily on training and outreach activities that complement APECS activities. The tasks will include, but are not limited to, organizing a Summer School, the development of an Online Course, and other online training resources for APPLICATE as well as developing a fieldwork planning handbook and a practical field guide for INTERACT. The candidate will support and work with a group of volunteers as part of the project tasks. As part of the distributed APECS International Directorate Office, the candidate will also at times contribute to other APECS activities as needed.

Qualifications required
Appointment as Project Manager requires:

● a Norwegian doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in an Arctic research discipline relevant to the two projects. Applicants with a Master degree and relevant work experience will also be considered.
● Experience in Arctic science
● Experience in project management
● Experience working with international collaborations
● Strong written communication skills and evidence of experience in writing reports, and planning and scoping documents
● Willingness to live in Tromsø, Norway and travel occasionally nationally and internationally to project meetings.
● Knowledge of APECS and its activities

In addition, it is desired that the applicant has:

● Previous experience from EU projects
● Experience in managing volunteers
● Strong organizational skills
● Experience in financial / grant reporting (especially as part of EU projects)
● Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills
● A proven ability to apply new (particularly internet-based) technology to manage projects and a willingness to learn new software and computer skills.
● Self-motivated and able to work independently.
● Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job.
● Willingness to work at times irregular hours (due to the international nature of the project participants)
● Creativity and the ability to think outside the box both tactically and strategically.
● Cultural awareness.

Applicant must have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal. Additional languages (especially a Scandinavian language) are desirable.
Working conditions
The work may occasionally include tasks for the APECS International Directorate Office. The successful applicant may need to be available for meetings outside of normal working hours in order to work with international groups in multiple time zones.
The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline, the project, APECS, and the university as a whole.

The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1113. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from the gross salary.

The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an online interview. The interview shall, among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the position.
The application - submitted electronically in www.jobbnorge.no in English and must include:
● Cover letter
● CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work, and a list of publications and projects participated in)
● Certified diplomas
● Two reference letters with contact information

All documentation must be certified and translated into English or Scandinavian language.
It is required that the documents mentioned above will be uploaded in Jobbnorge before deadline.
Applicants invited for an interview should provide copies of certificates and diplomas.
General information
Questions concerning the organization of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the contact person in this announcement.
UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is an Inclusive Workplace enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.
Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.
We look forward to receiving your application!

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