Scientist focusing on assessment and advice of pelagic fish stocks

Institute of Marine Research
October 13 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
About the position

The stocks of tuna, mackerel, blue whiting, Norwegian spring-spawning herring, North Sea herring and capelin are commercially very valuable resources in the North East Atlantic. These stocks are schooling pelagically (in open waters), migrates throughout the year, tend to interact with each other and compete for food resources, and they are harvested in different economic zones. Their distributions and migrations change with variations in stock size, age structure and climate, which is challenging for the stock assessment, advice and management.

In Research Group Pelagic Fish at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen there is need for a scientist focusing on quantitative assessment of pelagic fish stocks and management strategies. The scientist will also take part in general research, monitoring and advisory work, including participation in annual international working groups and fisheries negotiations. Participation in field and survey work as well as other travels are expected to be an integral part of the job execution.


We are looking for scientists with a PhD in statistics, mathematics, quantitative biology or the equivalent. Documented competence in quantitative analyses and statistical methodology for use in studies of population dynamics is needed. Relevant experience with fish stock assessment and management strategies is considered advantageous for the position. We are also looking for someone with good communication skills, as communication of our scientific results and advice to the scientific community, local and international authorities and industry is an important part of the position and planned role.

Candidates who cannot document Norwegian research competence level 1110 or 1183 will be assessed by an evaluation committee as part of the recruiting process. Please find the rules governing competence assessment for 1110/1183 research scientist, and guidelines for the evaluation committee and applicant here. Applicants are requested to indicate in their application if they wish to be evaluated for these levels if not already document from present position.

We offer
  • a challenging and creative working environment

  • work at a national institute with extensive international contacts

  • a good working environment

  • flexible working hours, good pensions and welfare schemes  

The candidate for the position will be put in position as 1109/1110/1183 Scientist based on competence, and is paid in accordance with the civil service pay scale.

For further information contact research group leader Aril Slotte, or go to the institute website

Ytterligere informasjon

The Institute of Marine Research is an Inclusive Workplace (IW) enterprise that wishes to ensure diversity in its workforce, and we are an equal opportunity employer. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy.  

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be left off the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

Applications summarizing relevant skills and reasons to apply for the position should be submitted electronically via the link on this page, and should be accompanied by a full CV, relevant certificates and a list of publications with links to online copies of publications when

The candidate needs to be fluent in English. In addition, the working language at IMR is Norwegian, therefore the successful candidate should aim to be able to communicate in Norwegian within the Institute in due course.  

Final date for applications: 15 November 2017

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