Scientific Project Manager (Permanent Position) – EU Project Management (Ocean And Climate Science) University of Bergen Geophysical Institute and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research Norway

Scientific Project Manager (Permanent Position) – EU Project Management (Ocean And Climate Science)



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Scientific Project manager

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as Advisor/Senior Executive Officer (Scientific project manager) depending on qualifications, at the Geophysical Institute and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. The position is associated with the TRIATLAS project, a Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Union under Societal Challenge 2, Blue Growth call: All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship BG-08-2018-2019. 75% of the position is funded by this project for the first 48 months. The rest of the position is linked to an internal project to strengthen research administrative processes linked to contract follow-up. After the project expires, one can be assigned other tasks.


The main task for this position is to become the Project Manager for the TRIATLAS project (Tropical and South Atlantic - climate-based marine ecosystem prediction for sustainable management), which is a central European research project aimed at improving the prediction of changes in climate, marine ecosystem and related socio-economic implications. The project has 34 partners from Europe, Africa and Brazil.


About the project/work tasks:

TRIATLAS is an ambitious project aiming to assess the status of Atlantic ecosystems, understand how they may change and the consequences of these changes, and to promote the sustainable management of the Atlantic as a whole. The research covers physical oceanography, climate science, marine ecosystem science, and social sciences, and the project involves observational campaigns, modelling and interaction with stakeholders.


The candidate will assist the project director of TRIATLAS on all matters concerning the scientific management of the project, (the financial management will be dealt with by other consultants). The tasks include:


Develop a plan for communication, establish and execute the internal and external communication

Developing the plan for exploitation and dissemination

Help in coordinating the work between the different work packages

Coordination with data manager, dissemination advisor, financial and legal advisors

Following-up the project activities, in particular, ensuring that all deliverables as well as milestones are provided in time

Compilation of periodic reports.

Organisation of project meetings.

Networking with other international and national projects in the field.

Contribute to the project achieving the greatest possible influence internationally and nationally.

Following-up ethical requirements and the obligation to publish in open access mode.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

Key requirements:


Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within oceanography, meteorology, physics, mathematics, biology, socio-economics or in a related field, or must have achieved equivalent education abroad

Experience with project management is advantageous

In-depth familiarity with the process of scientific research in the climate and ocean sciences.

Excellent communication skills with various stakeholders and across disciplines.

A high level of writing skills and in particular the ability to formulate easy to understand texts for dissemination to different stakeholders

Proficiency in both written and oral English. Skills in other European languages is an added advantage.

Excellent team working skills (with respect to e.g. diplomacy, patience, problem solving, efficient delegation of tasks).

Ability to approach and organise complex tasks in a structured manner.

Self-confidence and ability to work under pressure

Highly desirable are further:


Previous experience in management of large scientific projects

Research experience in ocean, climate, marine, fisheries, socio-economic sciences

Experience in scientific publishing and communication

In-depth knowledge of the EU funding system

Experience with the EU participant portal

Willingness and ability to travel

Awareness of environmentally friendly management procedures

If none of the applicants qualifies for the position as Advisor, we will consider to offer an employment as Senior Executive Officer. The qualification requirements and/or experience will then be reduced accordingly.


We can offer:

A good and professionally challenging working environment

Position as Advisor (code 1434), salary at pay grade 57-64 (currently NOK 497 000 – 565 500), alternatively as Senior Executive Officer (code 1363), salary at pay grade 53 - 57 (currently NOK 464 800 – 497 000) in the state salary scale. 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:

For further details about the position, please contact: Professor Noel Keenlyside, Geophysical Institute, e-mail:, telephone: +47 55582032; and Dr. Mahaut de Vareilles, Geophysical Institute, e-mail:, telephone: +47 55583708.


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. 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.


Further information about our employment process can be found here.



About the University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.


There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.


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23. May 2019


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