Three Year Position - Researcher in Geostatistics and
Spatial Modelling/Prediction - Geomiljø

The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), based in Trondheim, is the central national institute for knowledge of bedrock, mineral resources, surface deposits and groundwater of mainland Norway and of the near-surface geology of the Norwegian continental shelf. The survey's tasks include geological, geophysical and geochemical mapping, development and maintenance of databases, research, information activities and advice to governmental bodies and industry. The NGU staff of 206 includes representatives of 29 nationalities and 65 % of the staff are scientists.

For general information about NGU's organisation and mandate, see

The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) has a vacancy for a three-years position as a scientific researcher in geostatistics and spatial modelling/prediction. The position is within the Marine Geology group.

We are seeking a scientist with PhD or equivalent experience in geology/geostatistics and spatial modelling/prediction. Candidates should have the following competence:

  • Good knowledge of geology and geological processes, preferably with a background in marine geology
  • Understanding of and experience in using acoustic methods for seabed mapping
  • Experience in the use of digital data, GIS and other software, including scripting (R, Python etc.) for geological applications
  • High level of competence in the use of modelling and geostatistics for the production of geological maps, including evaluation of map confidence.
  • Established international network and relevant peer-reviewed articles.

The successful candidate will work closely with other geologists and scientists, both within and outside NGU. Much of the work will be connected to map production in the Norwegian offshore Seabed Mapping Programme MAREANO (, but work on other projects may also be required. Key work tasks will consist of automatic classification and mapping of seabed sediment (pixel and object based methods), and development of methods for seabed mapping, especially related to survey design. Other work tasks will include participation in research cruises, habitat modeling, data processing, systematization of data in databases, presentation of results at scientific meetings, and publishing of project results in reports and international peer-reviewed journals. NGU also encourages popularization of research results through web-publishing, non-technical articles etc.

The Marine Geology group currently employs 20 scientists, 5 technicians, as well as 3 fellows/postdocs from the University of Tromsø. The group works with a wide range of geological applications along the coast and fjords, as well as on the continental shelf and slope. Core activities include the production of marine geological maps, habitat maps, and research related to shallow gas and gas hydrates. We have close collaboration with other research/government institutions and management bodies, industry partners, and are also involved in EU projects. NGU has a strong focus on digital work practices, digital databases, and presentation of data and maps on the internet.

We can offer a favorable and competent working environment, unique scientific challenges, and good possibilities for international collaborations. NGU sees diversity as a strength for our performance, and encourages qualified candidates to apply, regardless of age, gender, disability, national or ethnic background. NGU is an Inclusive Workplace enterprise, and we will facilitate applicants with disabilities.

Remuneration of the position will be according to the Government's main agreement on wages, as follows:

Scientist with PhD degree (code 1109) normally between NOK 486 100 and 577 400 gross per year.

Scientist with MSc degree (code 1108) normally between NOK 412 600 and 480 900 gross per year.

For further information please contact Marine Geology team leader Reidulv Bøe, +47 73904274,, MAREANO project leader Terje Thorsnes, +47 73904275,, or division leader Øystein Nordgulen, +47 73904245,

Please send your application with a CV, publication list, short outline of research interests, transcripts and the name and email address of two referees by 31 January 2017 by using the "Apply Now". The successful candidate will start as soon as possible in 2017.

The lists of applicants are publicly available information. Only in special cases will this information be held back.

posted: 10 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.