Ship Manager
University of Gothenburg

Ship Manager for the new research vessel Skagerak within the Department of Marine Sciences

Ref PAR 2021/50


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Ship Manager for the new research vessel Skagerak within the Department of Marine Sciences

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 500 employees make the University a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future. The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

The Department of Marine Sciences in the Faculty of Science, University of Gothenburg (UGOT) is Sweden’s broadest organisation for marine research and marine education, and one of only few such organisations in Europe. The Department was formed July 1, 2015, bringing together key centers of expertise from across marine disciplines, to achieve the vision of "a University with marine research, teaching and cooperation of the highest international class". The Department carries out education and research across a broad range of marine specializations; including biology, physical oceanography, chemistry, geology, and preservation of cultural heritage. The Department has about 180 employees – including researchers, teachers, PhD students, and communication, technical and administrative staff. Facilities are located in Gothenburg and at the University’s marine research stations at Tjärnö and Kristineberg. More information about the Department can be found at

Be part of a new era in Swedish marine science

R/V Skagerak is a brand new, state of the art vessel for research, education, and outreach in Sweden and across Europe. The ship, together with the two research stations, constitute the Marine Infrastructure at UGOT for which the Department of Marine Sciences is host. Replacing its 60 year old precursor, the new Skagerak is 49 meters long, 11 meters wide and has a displacement of 1 000 tonnes. It has a crew of 6, and can accommodate 16 researchers and/or students. With its 1200 kW engines and range of 14 days / 2000 nautical miles, R/V Skagerak will deliver new research capabilities in Swedish seas, across the European Shelf and the Arctic. After completion of the propulsion system and sea tests in Falkenberg, the ship will be finalized and delivered to the University during the summer of 2021.

The new Skagerak is a multidisciplinary research vessel. With an aft deck of 130m2, new winches and communication-capable cables, the vessel can handle large equipment including moorings, AUVs (including the University’s Hugin AUV), ROVs, gliders, benthic landers and towed instruments. Additionally, the aft deck can accommodate two 20-foot containers for modular lab set ups. The vessel is equipped with state of the art dry and wet lab facilities, including water and gas supplies throughout and a Ferrybox. The CTD lab and launch room is equipped with an extendable launch and recovery system and heave-compensated deployment capabilities for harsh weather conditions. The vessel is equipped with both a multibeam echosounder and a sub-bottom profiler as well as with a meteorological station.

Your job assignment

In preparation for R/V Skagerak’s arrival, we seek a new Ship Manager for the vessel. Are you willing to meet the challenges of managing large and advanced marine infrastructure for research, education and outreach? Are you driven by delivering good leadership, organizational excellence and a world-class scientific environment? If so, we very much welcome your application.

As Ship Manager you will work on behalf of the Director for the Marine Infrastructure, who reports to the Head of Department. You will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of the R/V Skagerak – including handling of budgets, booking system and the annual cruise plan. You will act as point of contact for the overall function of the ship. This involves regular meetings with the ship’s crew and the operators, regarding contracts, management of the ship, maintenance and calibration, crew, safety and security. You will also conduct meetings with the Ship User Group at the Department and oversee the work of technicians and other staff involved with the ship. In your role, you will be a member of the Marine Infrastructure Management Group at UGOT, adjunct member of the steering group for the Marine Infrastructure, and adjunct member of department management group when ship items are on the agenda. You represent the ship and participate in national and international research vessel networks.

Of core importance to your assignment will be to maximize the use of the ship e.g. by developing a ship user-base portfolio, seeking collaborative opportunities through European infrastructure-sharing networks and private enterprises. R/V Skagerak is infrastructure owned and based within the University, but available for external partners as a unique and cutting-edge marine research platform. You also have a leading role in external infrastructure grant applications, and are overall responsible for the purchase and upgrades of generic sensors, gear, instrumentation, and other vital equipment for the scientific operations aboard the ship. In this work you will regularly cooperate with, and participate in, joint applications with the other marine stations of the Department.

The position requires an open and communicative approach, both internally and externally. This means you need to be fluent in English, with excellent oral and writing skills, and a willingness to learn Swedish within two years - if you are not already fluent in Swedish. At the start of your assignment, you will develop and implement, with support from the department’s communication officers, a marketing strategy for the vessel and act as point of contact for media relations.

What we want from you

As Ship Manager you must have both a broad knowledge of marine sciences, and proven experience in leadership and infrastructure coordination. You will have a multidisciplinary, sea-going scientific background, preferably with a PhD, and experience of working within academic leadership. You will have experience of working within marine infrastructure networks and with infrastructure grant applications.

As lead manager of the ship, you are expected to have experience of overseeing large research infrastructure. Ideally this means research ships, its instrumentation, and gear. Ability to work with technical upgrades and investments, and have the ability to negotiate ship’s contracts and certificates (with the help of the University’s legal department), and have experience of budget responsibility, will be expected. It is also an advantage if you know how to organize data flow to oceanographic databases, including regulations around classified data.

In administrative and financial matters, you will have extensive support from the Department, and the University’s legal team. To master this position, you will benefit from having experience of, or otherwise understand that you will need to learn, how Swedish universities function.

We seek a driven person, focused on delivering first class infrastructure and service to the users of Skagerak within the University and further afield. We seek someone who is interested in marine research, and familiar with its importance and what it can offer to society. We seek a person who values communication, has the ability to gain trust from your peers,

researchers and crew members, and know the importance of always acting in the best interest of the ship, the Department, and our relations with other universities, researchers, suppliers, and partners.


Type of employment: Permanent position

Extent: 100%

Location: Department of Marine Sciences, Gothenburg

First day of employment: As soon as possible based on agreement

Appointment procedure

Please apply online.

The following should be included:

  • A short cover letter in English or Swedish describing the applicant ́s motivation for the position, how the applicant meets the selection criteria, and how the applicant is well suited for the proposed work (max. one A4 page).
  • An attested list of qualifications (CV)
  • Examination certificates, and transcript of courses with grades.
  • Contact information (phone, email) of two personal references

The highest ranked applicants will be contacted for interview.

For further information regarding the position

For questions regarding the position please contact:
Professor Per Hall
Deputy Head / Proprefekt

Tel.: +46-31-7869062 (office), +46-766-229062 (cell phone)


Pia Strandh
Recruitment consultant

Tel.: +46 73-340 92 13 (cell phone)



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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date: 2021-02-25

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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