Friday, September 26, 2008

Vacant position - Submarine nature type/habitat mapping, Geological Survey of Norway

Submarine nature type/HABITAT mapping - Geological Survey of Norway


At the Geological Survey of Norway, a 1-year position in marine nature type mapping is vacant in the Marine Geology team, starting immediately.


The position will be linked to the MAREANO programme ( and various research projects in which nature types and ecosystem based management are key elements.


The Marine Geology team comprises a group of ten scientists and four engineers. The members of the team work within a wide variety of geological fields in the coastal zone and on the continental shelf and slope. Documentation of the importance of geological data for ecosystem based management and geological studies for the petroleum industry are central tasks. NGU has a strong focus on digital databases, which are made available on the internet.


We are looking for a highly motivated scientist (MSc/PhD) experienced in some or all of the following areas:


·         Digital processing and interpretation of marine geological and multibeam bathymetric data using commercial and non-commercial data programs.

·         Nature type/habitat mapping to study and document the relationship between geology and biology on the seabed using GIS-analyses and multivariate statistical analyses.

·         Field investigations combined with ecological modelling -  the candidate will be working in a multi-disciplinary environment, e.g. together with biologists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research.


Experience from research cruises and data collection (seismic, multibeam bathymety, seabed sampling) would also be useful. The candidate will be involved in compilation of digital products and descriptions, presentation at scientific meetings, and publishing of scientific results in international journals.


NGU encourages applications from female scientists. We can offer a favourable working environment, scientific challenges and good possibilities for participation at international meetings. A kindergarten is run by and for NGUs employees. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Project Leader Terje Thorsnes (, Team Leader Reidulv Bøe ( or Director of the Earth Science Department Øystein Nordgulen (


Applications, including CV, reprints, and the names and addresses of three professionals who may be contacted for reference should be submitted on by October 20th 2008. We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.




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