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Open Research Position within Marine Governance in Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is looking for an experienced professional to work on PERMAGOV's case study dealing with offshore wind development in Norway. Apply by 1 August 2024.

Open research position within marine governance in Norway

Employer UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Deadline for application 1 August 2024



Municipality Tromsø - Romsa



Place of service

Hansine Hansens veg 18, 9019 Tromsø

Eallju - Developing the High North

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.


UiT has approx. 18 000 students, more than 4000 employees, and is established at 4 main campuses and 7 study sites in the whole of Northern Norway and Svalbard. Our main campuses is in Tromsø, Alta, Narvik and Harstad.



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.


The position

A Research position within marine governance is available at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS). The position is affiliated with the research group BRIDGE. The position has funding for three years, with the possibility of an extended funding period.


The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.


NCFS is a part of The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) and undertakes research and research-based teaching of high national and international quality in an interdisciplinary environment. Research at the Norwegian University of Fisheries takes place in close collaboration with the faculty and university research environments, as well as national and international partners. Research activity is provisionally organized into the groups of: Living Marine Resources, Sea Food Science, Fish Immunology and Vaccinology, Aquaculture, Genetics, Marine Drug Discovery, Resource Management, Marine Management and Resource Economics.


The position’s field of research

The successful candidate will become a member of a team that will primarily work with the Horizon Europe project: “Improving Performance of EU Marine Governance (PERMAGOV).


PERMAGOV contributes to the realization of the EU’s Green Deal objectives by improving the implementation and performance of marine policies in the EU. The project develops a framework for assessing policy performance, and enhances understanding of how institutional barriers, formal and informal collaborations and e-governance tools enable and constrain the implementation of EUs marine policies.



Required qualifications:
  • A Norwegian doctoral degree in sociology, political science, geography, environmental science/management, marine science/management, sustainability studies, or another field with clear relevance for the work areas described above. Or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality. A PhD degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your PhD degree, you may still apply.

  • Strong scientific writing skills.

  • Strong qualitative research skills (e.g. including semi-structured interviews and the use of focus groups).

  • Personal qualifications giving excellent interpersonal skills. Important aspects of this include the ability to, and the interest in, working as a member of a research team, in addition to good communication and presentation skills.

  • Documented fluency of English language (learn more).


Additional desirable qualifications:
  • PhD thesis with specialization within or with relevance for marine governance, especially relating to the indicated research areas

  • Experience with, and motivation for, working with stakeholders.

  • Experience with research funding.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a research team.

  • Knowledge of relevant governance frameworks in Europe and in Norway, i.e. relating to marine governance, renewable energy, and the Green Deal.

  • Experience with N-Vivo or other software supporting qualitative and semi-qualitative research.

  • Competence in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language (learn more).


At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).



The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.  The application must include:


  • Cover letter explaining your research interests and your motivation for seeking this position (max 1 page)

  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience and professional work.

  • Diploma, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated). If you are near completion of your PhD degree, you will need to submit a draft version of the PhD thesis and attach a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when it is expected that the PhD is completed.

  • Contact information of two references

  • PhD thesis

  • In addition, we encourage you to attach the relevant published academic works you have led or contributed to.

  • Documentation of language proficiency (learn more). 


Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and submitted documents must be sent electronically via Jobbnorge. The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things, aim to clarify the applicants personal suitability for the position and motivations.


We offer

  • Good welfare arrangements for employees.

  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


The remuneration for the research position is in accordance with the State salary code 1108 (without PhD) or 1109 (with PhD). A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. UiT pays directly to the pension fund on top of the salary  - in 2023 this rate is 9 %. As a state employee, you have one of the best pension schemes availiable. For more information see: Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.


The allocation of working hours is flexible and allocated on a case-by-case basis. In a research position you will spend most of the time on research and development work. As a norm, the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff.


General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.


UiT The Arctic University in Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.


More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT:


If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


Questions about the position

Kåre Nolde Nielsen

Associate Professor

+47 77 64 44 80

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PERMAGOV has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme HORIZON-CL6-2022-GOVERNANCE-01-03 under grant agreement No 101086297, and by UK Research and Innovation under the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding guarantee grant numbers 10045993, 10062097, 101086297.

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