Norsk institutt for vannforskning (NIVA) er Norges viktigste miljøforskningsinstitutt for vannfaglige spørsmål, og vi arbeider innenfor et bredt spekter av miljø, klima og ressursspørsmål. Vår forskerkompetanse kjennetegnes av en solid faglig bredde, og spisskompetanse innen mange viktige områder. Vi kombinerer forskning, overvåkning, utredning, problemløsning og rådgivning, og arbeider på tvers av fagområder. NIVA-gruppen har omlag 330 medarbeidere. NIVA har hovedkontor i Oslo og regionavdelinger i Bergen, Grimstad, Hamar og København, en marin forskningsstasjon ved Drøbak, samt datterselskaper i Tromsø og Chile.

Section Leader: Section for Catchment Processes

The section for Catchment Processes is engaged in environmental monitoring, experimental research and modelling related to current and emerging water issues. Statistical and process modeling is core to the section's activity, and research on biogeochemical processes and cycles in the interface between land-freshwater-coast and under changing environmental conditions (climate change, land use change, transboundary pollution) is a central part of the section's activities.

The section has 11 highly qualified international staff from 5 countries, a strong portfolio of national and EU projects with both fundamental and applied research and long-standing collaborations within Scandinavia, EU, UK, Canada, USA and China. Particularly strong expertise are in development and use of process-oriented modelling for effects of acid deposition, climate and land-use change in both catchment and lakes, and long term environmental monitoring, field sampling and field manipulations.

NIVA has a leading specialist knowledge of water and catchment processes and is now looking for a new Section Leader.

Main tasks

  • Secure, strengthen and develop NIVA's position within the catchment-oriented water research
  • Ensure the development of scientific strategies and implementation of these
  • Secure, establish and maintain good acquisition processes
  • Responsibility for professional development and innovation in the section
  • Responsibility for acquisition, customer contact and profiling
  • Responsibility for the section's staff, HSE, project management, quality assurance and project economy
  • Have a leading role in research and project application processes
  • Contribute with own expertise in relevant projects

Qualifications and experience:

We are looking for a leader with a background in research in environmental issues and with expertise in biogeochemistry, water chemistry or adjacent fields and with a significant publication record. The successful candidate has experience with applied research and documented ability to obtain research funding. The candidate also has a strong research network, as well as thorough knowledge of environmental management, research funding and relevant industry. Excellent written and spoken English skills are expected and it is desirable with good written and oral presentation skills in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Personal abilities:

We are seeking a leader who is creative and has the ability to initiate and coordinate new research and to develop new products and services. Ability to inspire, convey ideas and knowledge, and communicate well with partners, customers and users will be emphasized. We are looking for a team player who can make decisions, prioritize and delegate.

NIVA offers:

  • Challenging and inspiring tasks at the leading national water research institute with a comprehensive international network of contacts
  • A head office at CIENS (The Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research) centrally located at the Oslo Innovation Centre near the University of Oslo.
  • Stimulating, international work environment with highly skilled and dedicated employees.
  • Competitive conditions and salaries, pension plans and insurance benefits

Applicants might be evaluated and contacted before the application deadline. Application deadline is 30 November. Women are encouraged to apply.

For questions, contact: Research Director Thorjørn Larssen, +47 41503043,

published: 02 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.