Chief engineer/staff engineer (temporary position)

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

The Department of Earth Science ( (GEO-UiB) has a vacancy for a temporary position in geophysical instrumentation. The employment period will depend on the project’s completion date (December 2020). Depending on the successful candidate’s background, the position can either be chief engineer or staff engineer.

The position is linked to a national project “European Plate Observing System – Norway” (EPOS-N – funded by the Research Council of Norway, and is best suited for a person with a strong background within electronics and with an interest in the inxstallation and running of measuring instruments in challenging climatic environments.

The project and work tasks:

  • One of the main project tasks will be to enhance the monitoring capacity of the national seismic and geodetic networks in the Arctic region through the installation of new monitoring stations.
  • The tasks for this position will include the procurement of geophysical instruments, the selection and planning of monitoring sites, testing of equipment in the lab, design and installation of monitoring stations, data integration, quality control and maintenance.
  • The successful candidate will be located at the University of Bergen, and is expected to be part of a larger team consisting of earth science and IT-experts from both within the Department and other project partners in Norway as well as in Europe. Frequent travelling for installation and maintenance of monitoring stations in the Arctic region and northern Norway will be required.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must have achieved a Bachelor-/Master- degree (or higher) in electronics, instrumentation, physics or geophysics and have strong IT-skills.
  • Strong documented electronic-skills are an advantage.
  • Relevant experience may compensate lack of formal education.
  • Experience in installation of geophysical instruments is an advantage.
  • The candidate is expected to have good written and verbal English skills.
  • Travelling and fieldwork in northern Norway and the Arctic region, especially in Svalbard are to be expected.
  • We are searching for a highly qualified and motivated candidate with the ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

Position specific preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with site-selection, design, installation and maintenance of seismological and geodetic instruments.
  • Experience with planning and execution of field-work in challenging areas.
  • Experience with data acquisition, processing and communication software.
  • Experience with software programming languages.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • salary for chief engineer will be in the range of 53-60 (code 1087) in the Civil Service pay grade table according to qualifications; currently NOK 454 700-516 000 gross p.a. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants a higher salary may be considered.
  • salary for staff engineer will be in the range of 45 - 52 (code 1085) in the Civil Service pay grade table; currently NOK 400 100 – 449 800 gross p.a.; following ordinary meriting regulations).
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • good welfare benefits.

Closing date for applications: 10 December 2016

General information

The start date for the position should be no later than 01. March 2017.

For further information about the position please contact Professor Kuvvet Atakan by email

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of the Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant background. People with immigrant backgrounds and 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.

The successful applicants must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

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posted: 16 November 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.