Vacant Position as Researcher - Seabed Acoustics

As a researcher in marine geology you will participate in our regular tasks related to geological mapping of the Norwegian offshore areas. You will be involved in geological map production as well as research and development using multibeam echosounder data for interpretation and spatial prediction of seabed conditions and processes. Important tasks will be:

  • Modelling/interpretation of seabed conditions and processes for geological map production
  • Processing of acoustic data with a focus on multibeam bathymetry and backscatter
  • Database work
  • Present results in reports and scientific journals and at meetings and conferences
  • Participation at scientific cruises is an option

Necessary Qualifications

  • PhD in seabed acoustics/geophysics
  • Thorough understanding of acoustical theory related to multibeam echosounder systems (bathymetry and backscatter) and experience with acquisition, processing and interpretation of such data (including multispectral data) focussed on sediment classification
  • Experience with GIS/ArcGIS, data analysis and scripting (R, Phyton etc.)
  • Experience with machine learning and artificial intelligence

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of geological conditions and processes, preferably within marine geology
  • Good communication skills in English and preferably a Scandinavian language

Personal qualities

At NGU we emphasize the ability to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary team. We can offer an amicable and professional working environment with good possibilities for collaboration and personal and scientific development. We are looking for an efficient and flexible researcher who will also contribute to our good working environment. Our researchers are expected to contribute to dissemination of geology to users of NGU’s national maps and data, to national and international research communities, and to society in general. NGUs tasks change over time, and we are looking for a flexible researcher who can contribute to various objectives within different projects and sections at NGU.

We offer

Salary is regulated by the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service, researcher code 1109, from NOK 580,000 to NOK 830,000 gross per year depending on qualifications. As a Norwegian state employee you contribute 2 % of your salary to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Anyone applying for the position must apply digitally through the job portal Webcruiter. You must upload relevant diplomas and certificates. Please note that the application will only be assessed based on the information available at the end of the application deadline. It is important that you show how your skills meet the criteria described in the advertisement. NGUs working language is Norwegian, and we offer Norwegian courses to employees from foreign countries. The advertised position is at NGUs main office in Trondheim.

Diversity at NGU

NGU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want employees with different skills, subject combinations, life experience and perspectives to contribute to even better task solving. We will make arrangements for employees who need it. If there are qualified applicants with a disability, CV gaps, or an immigrant background, we must call at least one applicant in each of these groups for an interview. To be considered as an applicant from these groups, you must meet certain requirements. If you belong to any of these groups, we encourage you to report this by ticking it in the job portal. This forms the basis for anonymised statistics that all state enterprises report in their annual reports. A public list of applicants will be compiled after the application deadline has expired. Please note that information about your application may be made public even if you have requested exemption from the public applicant list.

To find out more about the position, please contact Head of Marine Geology, Reidulv Bøe (

posted: 01 November 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.