Researcher in geoscience with responsibility for datamanagement and project coordination

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At the Department of Earth Science there is a vacancy for a position as a researcher in geoscience with responsibility for data management and project coordination. The position is affiliated to an externally financed project. The first 3 years of the position is financed by the project "Geo-INQUIRE (Geosphere INfrastructures for QUestions into Integrated Research)” funded by the EC-HORIZON-INFRA-2021 program. The project will enable and enhance access to key data, products, and services provided by geoscientific communities in the project ( The successful candidate must be able to start in the position no later than October 1st 2023.

About the project/work tasks:

Geo-INQUIRE aims to overcome cross-domain barriers, especially the land-sea-atmosphere environments. It will exploit innovative data management techniques, modelling and simulation methods, developments in AI and big data, and extend existing data infrastructures. Geo-INQUIRE benefits from a unique partnership of 51 partners consisting of major national research institutes, universities, national geological surveys, and European consortia. A portfolio of over 150 Virtual Access (VA) and Transnational Access (TA, both virtual and on-site) installations will be offered to the scientific community. Geo-INQUIRE focuses on making both VA and TA interoperable and openly available for research but also providing training on usage of them.

The Department of Earth Science is in this project responsible for coordinating work related to identification, harmonization, and standardization of new assets (data, data products, software, and services - DDSS) coming from various domains such as seismology, GNSS observations, marine observations, volcano observations, tsunami observations and modelling, anthropogenic hazards, geohazards and CCUS. The Department of Earth Science is also responsible for coordination of integration of the new assets into existing research infrastructures participating in the project.

The successful candidate will be located at the Department of Earth Science and will work closely with other project partners in Europe. Frequent interactions with IT developers and other project partners in Europe are expected both through videoconferencing and through travels of shorter duration. Multidisciplinary research based on usage of data from this project and related infrastructures is envisaged to demonstrate usefulness of the e-infrastructure for science.

Work tasks:

  • Integration of different types of data, data products, services and software into a metadata structure designed for research infrastructures.
  • Coordination and management of tasks within the Geo-INQUIRE project which will mostly focus on identification, harmonization, and standardization of new datasets provided by project partners.
  • Research within geoscience by using interoperable research e-infrastructures.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within Earth science; alternatively, applicants can have a PhD in computer sciences/information technology with experience in IT applications in Earth sciences.
  • Ability to attract external research funding must be documented.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • A good understanding of metadata structures and data management is an advantage.
  • Experience with participation in or coordination of a large project is an advantage.
  • Experience with handling and integration of large data sets and complex sets of data products as well as software and web-services is an advantage.
  • Experience in software development is an advantage.

In assessing the candidates, a review of both the quality and the breadth of the candidate's research will be conducted. Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.

Special requirements for the position

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Position as permanent researcher (code 1109 in the basic collective agreement) and a gross annual salary of NOK 615 700,- up to 646 000,-) (equivalent to pay grade 63 - 66) upon appointment. Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Good welfare benefits

Researchers code 1109 holding a permanent position, may apply for a personal promotion to Researcher code 1183 based on a declaration of competence. For more information, see Personal promotion to Researcher code 1183 | Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences | UiB

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • All the mandatory requirements and qualifications have to be addressed in the application.
  • The candidate’s research plan (one page is sufficient).
  • Ability to attract external funding should be demonstrated clearly in applicant’s CV (e.g. reference to project proposal)
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (as applicable)

The application and any attachments along with certified translations in English or another Scandinavian language must be uploaded to JobbNorge.

The following premise forms the basis for the post as research scientist:

  • The researcher will be a member of the research group in which the subject area of the position belongs.
  • Salary expenses should as far as possible be 100 % externally financed.
  • The researcher will actively contribute to obtaining external project funding for the academic community, to both themselves and others, from The Research Council of Norway, the EU as well as other sources.
  • The research activity is expected to be funded by the projects the researcher and the research group, are working on.
  • The head of department may instruct the researcher to work towards specific research projects.
  • The researcher may partake in duties, participate in committees etc. within UiB.
  • The researcher is normally not obliged to teach but is expected to partake in the supervision of masters and PhD students, to the extent that this is a natural part of the work in the research group.
  • The foundation for the position will no longer exist if project funding ceases, and the new law on Government employees etc. regarding termination of employment and preferential rights will be applied.

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact Senior Engineer Jan Michalek, Department of Earth Sciences, by e-mail

The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

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posted: 31 May 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.