University of Bergen

Geophysical Institute

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.

Chief Engineer (OTC analysis)

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as a Chief Engineer at theGeophysical Institute, financed by external projects. The first three years of the position is financed and linked to the Ocean Thematic Centre (OTC), which is financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The OTC ( is one of the central facilities of the European infrastructure project Integrated Carbon Observing System (ICOS, The OTC coordinates the marine ICOS network, which consists of instruments installed on ships, moorings and buoys.


Work tasks

  • Lab establishment and advancement with associated engineers, where small-scale instrument calibration tests and other experiments will be performed.

  • Once the lab is established and sufficiently equipped, plan and perform internal calibration tests of central ICOS approved instrumentation with the future goal of testing new promising instrumentation.

  • Validate and quality control ICOS’s marine measurement network which entails collecting metadata and data from participating stations, processing and interpretation of that data and its quality, and writing reports for ICOS administration from an analytical point of view.

  • Arrange workshops and intercalibration exercises where development, maintenance, quality control and use are key subjects.

  • Train others in the use of central instrumentation used in ICOS’ ocean network and assist in installation. This includes visiting ICOS partners or accept visits by ICOS partners.

  • Report on tasks during weekly and annual meetings.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicant must have completed a master’s degree in oceanography, biogeochemistry, engineering, physics, measurement science, or other relevant fields. Long, relevant experience may compensate for lack of formal education.

  • Experience with in situ and discrete instrumentation is a requirement.

  • Experience with oceanographic instrumentation, in particular for seawater CO2 chemistry is advantageous, as is experience with data processing and interpretation using programs such as MatLAB, R, Python, etc.

  • Being one of the main contact points between the OTC and station PIs, international cooperation is an important part of the position. It is thus necessary that the candidate has diplomatic skills, is fluent in both written and oral English and has good communication and cooperative skills.

Personal qualifications

  • Ability to work in a structured manner, take responsibility, and being solution- and result oriented.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability and willingness to solve technical challenges.

  • Ability to collaborate and present results.

  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to new work tasks.

  • Traveling is required including research cruises.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment

  • Position as Chief Engineer (code 1087) Salary at pay grade 55-59 in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 474 700 – 508 800. Higher salaries may be considered for particularly highly qualified applicants.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

  • Good welfare benefits.

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting ProfessorTruls Johannessen, Researcher Ingunn Skjelvan or Senior EngineerBenjamin Pfeil.


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. 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.


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


Further information about our employment process can be found here.


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