University of Bergen

Department of Biology

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Staff Engineer

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as Staff Engineer at the Department of Biology (BIO) ( linked to the group Ecology & Evolution. One of the main themes of our research is the understanding of how and why ecosystems are changing over time. We are interested in the total effects of natural ecological variation and human impact on ecosystems, and how these factors vary in time and space. In our research, we are using a variety of scientific methods – from ecological field experiments to palaeoecological techniques and data from digital sources and modelling to understand the ecosystems.

The group Ecology & Evolution has currently about 30 members of staff ranging from permanent scientific, post docs, PhD students and technical employees. The research is project-based so the activities towards specific research questions, methods, groups of organisms, environments and geographical areas will always vary based on the group’s development and access to external funding.

The position as Staff Engineer will be linked to our large, externally funded projects, and towards teaching. As the project portfolio will vary over time, the work tasks and duties of the Staff Engineer will also vary, but the most central tasks will be different ecological and palaeoecological field- and laboratory work, treatment of collected material, running and data collection of field- and laboratory experiments, in addition to other preparations for research and teaching.

From January 1st 2018 the Department of Biology and the Department of Molecular Biology will be merged to Department of Biological Sciences and will be one of Norway’s largest and strongest environments for biological research and teaching.


Work tasks

  • Field work, including running of experiments, field stations, data loggers, collection of plant material, collection of samples and data from terrestrial and freshwater habitats

  • Laboratory work, including running and management of ecological experiments, collection of biological material, use of standard ecological and palaeoecological lab methods

  • Collection and acquisition of data, including simple analyses and computing

  • Daily project running

  • Assist in teaching done at the department, both lectures, field courses and laboratory courses


  • The successful applicant should have a relevant Bachelor degree from the University or University College within ecology, palaeoecology, or related fields.

  • Experience from relevant field- and/or laboratory work

  • Knowledge and interest in the identification of plants (mostly Scandinavian plants), knowledge on other organismal groups will be advantageous

  • Experience in one or more of the following will be advantageous – running of ecological experiments, collection of biological material, and use of standard ecological and palaeoecological laboratory methods

  • Knowledge and experience in the use of databases, simple statistical analyses, GIS or other relevant tools will be beneficial

Personal qualities

  • Ability to have a positive attitude to the work under varying conditions

  • Ability to work independently and to be solution- and result-oriented

  • To work with high precision in the field and in the lab

  • Ability and will to gain new knowledge

  • Good communication skills and ability to work in close collaboration with others in a structured manner


The ability to communicate fluently (written and spoken) in Norwegian and English will be advantageous


We can offer

  • A challenging position with varied work tasks in an internationally acknowledged scientific environment

  • Possibilities to participate in field work both locally and internationally

  • Work in a group that has high scientific standards and also works socially

  • Possibilities for personal development and contact with other scientific environments

  • Salary as Staff Engineer from grade level 42-52 (code 1085/LR22) based on a formal assessment of civil service seniority and qualifications. A higher salary can be considered for exceptionally qualified applicants.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse, SPK)

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • Good welfare benefits

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Anne E. Bjune, phone: +47 55583335, email:


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of the Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. 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 will be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times. 


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