The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Biogeochemical processes in the land-ocean interface

The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment for a period of three years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Land-ocean interactions. The position will be located at NIVA, Region South, which is in the immediate vicinity of UiA’s campus in Grimstad. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also benefit from the Centre for Coastal Research (CCR) which is a cooperation between UiA, Institute of Marine Research (IMR), NIVA, GRID-Arendal and University of Oslo (UiO). The preferred starting date for the position is 15 March 2018 or to be negotiated with the faculty.


The position will be associated with NIVA’s Strategic Institute Initiative “Land-Ocean Interactions in a changing climate” and ongoing research projects related to this topic. Coastal ecosystems and nearshore marine areas are among the most productive systems in the world, but the services they provide are adversely affected by a series of threats of which climate change and land use change are among the most important. Many coastal areas across the globe, including Norway, are in transition; experiencing changes in water quality, transparency and ecosystem function. Gaining basic knowledge on land-ocean interaction processes is crucial for identifying and disentangling the effects of human activities and climate change on coastal marine waters. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be part of an excellent group of scientists, PhD students and post-docs at NIVA and CCR, working on various aspects of land-ocean interactions and coastal ecology.


We seek a motivated post-doctoral fellow to join a multi-disciplinary effort to examine the effect of increasing river-runoff and export of terrestrial-derived material to fjords and coastal waters. The successful candidate will explore processes related to increased loads of suspended and particulate matter from catchments via rivers to the coast, the processes occurring at the freshwater-ocean interface and the impact on the coastal ecosystem functioning. The research will have a special focus on the fate and ecological significance of land-derived organic matter and nutrients in coastal waters. Research tools and approaches will be a combination of field studies, mesocosm/microcosm experiments, characterisation of organic matter, and analysis of existing long-term datasets from rivers and coastal waters. NIVA’s land-ocean research infrastructure in Storelva-Sandnesfjorden (50 km north-east from the Grimstad office) will represent an important ‘outdoor laboratory’ for the scientific work. The infrastructure hosts several ongoing research projects and includes advanced facilities for continuous measurements of key water quality parameters in the main river inlet and at several depths in the fjord system.


The successful candidate will have access to and combine the following resources:


  • Long-term datasets collected through national monitoring programs
  • NIVA’s research infrastructure / field laboratory in Storelva/Sandnesfjorden
  • NIVA’s mesocosm/lab experiment facility at Solbergstrand
  • Hydro-physical and biogeochemical models (catchments, lakes, fjords)

More about working at UiA.


Applicants must hold a PhD with specialization in aquatic biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology, physical oceanography or a related field. Ideal qualities include experience with field work, broad experience within hydro-physics, hydro-chemistry and/or coastal ecology, strong statistical skills, a history of engagement in collaborative research efforts, excellent communication skills, and demonstrated success in producing peer-reviewed scientific publications. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be expected to work closely and successfully with a wide range of expert collaborators from across multiple disciplines, and to contribute to scientific syntheses and communication efforts – also beyond their primary field of expertise.


The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. Applicants will be assessed based on academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research and development work.  Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.


A high level of proficiency in spoken and written English is required.


Applications should include a two-page statement of research interests and accomplishments as they relate to the position, a full CV, and the names and contact information for three references.


Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.


Further provisions relating to the position as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the Post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

We offer:

  • a variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • flexible working hours

The University of Agder is an open, friendly and professional employer, with a Scandinavian view on life/work balance, and with a clear vision to do research to enlighten human understanding.




The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, salary NOK 517 700-579 300 gross per year. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.


Women are especially encouraged to apply.


Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The successful applicants will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service.



Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor's level, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree
  • Master's degree or equivalent, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree
  • Link to the PhD thesis
  • A complete list of publications and a summary of publications that the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach a description of the relevant grading system used at the issuing institution
  • The application is expected to include an outline of the applicant’s research interests and background for the proposed project

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation within the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


All documentation of education must be in the original language and in English, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish (if the original language is not one of these), and the translation should preferably be from the issuing university. Additional documentation must also be in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.


Closing date: 15.01.18              


For further information please contact Senior Research Scientist Øyvind Kaste, NIVA, tel. (+47) 488 92 655, e-mail: , Head of Department Dag Olav Andersen, tel. (+47) 38 14 10 64, e-mail: or Personell Adviser Anne Bergit Jørgensen, tel. +47 918 73 555, e-mail:


In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University's intention to exercise this right.

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