About the position: The Fish and Shellfish Department at Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GN) hereby announces an opening for a permanent  position as senior researcher/researcher with fish and shellfish stock assessment in Greenland as the primary field of work. Stock assessment and advice regarding fish resources is a key issue for the Greenlandic Society, as fishing is the main pillar for the economy.

Main fields of work

  • Research and development of methods to improve assessment of stocks, and reducing uncertainties when giving advice.
  • Quantitative data analysis and modeling of stocks of fish and shellfish.
  • Development of ecological models for understanding changes in fish stocks.
  • Advising manager, politicians, and others active in the field, as well as presenting research results at all levels.
  • Participation in annual international working groups as regards to assessment of stocks as well as other relevant meetings in the ICES/NAFO.
  • Researched based teaching may take place.
  • 25% of work schedule is reserved for independent research and publication within the department’s sphere of work.

Qualifications: The applicant shall have an education at the Ph.D. level in quantitative biology, mathematics, or statistics, and have an interest in and experience with working on population dynamics and modeling stock parameters in relation to fish populations. Emphasis is placed on good communication skills, both in writing and speaking, when communicating with managers and researcher. It will also be an advantage if the applicant has experience with research and monitoring programs, and has participated in international research forums, advised authorities, and published in relevant scientific periodicals.

 Requirements of senior researcher

  • Documented research in population dynamics and stock evaluation, including quantitative data analysis and modeling.
  • Documented experience with programming, mathematics, and statistics.
  • Documented experience from work with quantitative analysis of data bases.
  • A solid knowledge of statistics and several programming languages (primarily R, but also SAS/WPS)

Requirements of researcher

  • A knowledge of data processing, including databases (for example Access).
  • A flair for planning and executing monitoring programs.
  • Experience with programming, mathematics and statistical analysis of data, and an interest in working with quantitative analysis of complex data.
  • Good ability with statistics, professional flexibility, and thoroughness.

Education etc.: We expect that the applicant has an education in biology, marine ecology, statistics, engineering, or related fields. A Ph.D. or the equivalent, together with experience with data analysis and quantitative biology would be an advantage.

We expect that the applicant is committed, flexible, and has good interpersonal skills and the desire to work in an international researcher environment. A knowledge of conditions in Greenland and the Greenlandic language would be an advantage.

Salary and conditions of tenure, including commencing and resigning the position, and moving household effects, will be in accordance with the applicable agreements at the time of hiring, between Greenland’s government and the applicant’s accepted negotiation organization.

Housing: An unfurnished residence may be supplied with the position in accordance the applicable rules at the time. Rent and deposits are to be paid in accordance with the applicable rules at the time. A residence supplied is bound to the conditions of employment, and shall be vacated at the termination of the employment. Rent and quality of the residence can vary depending on the age of the residence, ownership, etc. There may be a wait time for assigning of a permanent residence, and therefore there might be a temporary residence in a vacancy (taxable)—possibly in a smaller group home, or a hotel apartment.

Further information about the institution can be found on the home page, or by direct contact with the departments leader, Helle Siegstad, telephone 299 361200, or by email:

Deadline for receipt of applications is 11. November 2019

Application: The application should be marked ‘Application for senior researcher/researcher FiSk’ with copies of diplomas, CV, and relevant publications that the applicant wishes to be considered in the evaluation process. The application should be directed to Director Klaus Nygaard, and sent to Box 570, DK-3900 Nuuk, Greenland, or emailed to

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources is the Government center for biological research and the primary objective is to provide a scientific basis for a sustainable use of the living resources in Greenland, as well as safeguarding the environment and biological diversity. The Institute advises Greenland Government with respect to its living resources. The Institute is located in Nuuk, and employs about 67 associates.

Foto: Carsten Egevang

Vacant positions at Greenland Climate Research Center

Marine geophysicist with focus on habitat mapping

The Greenland Climate Research Centre (GCRC) at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) invites applicants for a research scientist position.

Primary task
The position is within in the discipline and competencies of marine geophysics, connecting with oceanography, marine biology and marine geology. The position encompasses several topics including benthic habitat mapping, climate forcing on oceanographic conditions and marine ecosystems, as well as phytoplankton ecology. The job thus focuses on sonar-based mapping research of marine seafloor substrates and habitats and modelling of marine environmental conditions on a geological time scale (millennia), based on sedimentary proxies and a present day link to climate change effects on species composition, distribution and seasonal patterns.
The successful candidate will be a key person in the joined cooperation between GCRC and GEUS in the efforts of promoting habitat mapping on the Greenlandic shelf and to build new research projects and programs, as well as developing and promoting collaborations with national and international partners. The scientist will be responsible for instrumentation of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources’ research vessels for sonar-based mapping purposes, coordinating the collection, processing and publication of mapping data. The position also aims at the development and implementation of new mapping and geophysical methods in Arctic habitat mapping, into the different departments at GCRC and GEUS as well as external collaborators. We are looking for a scientist with knowledge and competences that can bridge the oceanographic and biological research on long time scales with marine geophysical and geological conditions of Greenland. 

• Has a PhD in Earth Sciences
• Want to join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary department and to be a key person for joined cooperation between GCRC and GEUS, as well as take part in international collaboration and workgroups.
• Has experience in:
o Project development and management
o Writing project applications for national and international funding bodies.
o Coordinating field campaigns, data collection and processing
o Instrument acquisition and implementation
• Has in-depth knowledge on multi-beam data collection and analysis as well as mapping protocols
• Has experience with quantitative modelling techniques
• Has expertise and knowledge about the marine geology, oceanography, marine ecology and paleoceanography of the Arctic and in particular Greenland
• Can work well in a cross disciplinary team with biologists and geologists in GCRC and GEUS, as well as internationally and individually.
• Has experience and good writing skills for applications, reports and scientific publications
• Has analytical and problem-solving skills

Scientific competencies:
• 3D modelling of the Greenland seafloor with focus on topography
• Environmental modelling of past oceanic conditions related to ocean circulation, temperature-salinity gradients, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, sedimentation and biological productivity (paleoceanography)
• Producing high spatial resolution models and maps of seafloor habitats
• Marine ecology studies as advantage (i.e. present-day and past Arctic marine ecosystems)

• Acquiring and managing of research projects and programs
• Key person on future arctic habitat mapping joined cooperation between GCRC and GEUS
• Coordination of field campaigns and research projects
• Development of mapping protocols and methodological advancement
• Development of geophysical models and maps for marine resources management
• Coordinating geophysical data acquisition, processing and database
• Bridging different research topics, e.g. topography, paleoceanography, ecology
• Applying for external funding
• Publishing results (preferentially in peer-reviewed journals)
• Communicating results to the public and stakeholders in Greenland
• Development, participation and coordination of international research teams and networks
• Anchoring research and knowledge in Greenland
• Teaching at University level

Salary and terms of employment:
The position is co-funded by GCRC and GEUS, with location and administration under the Greenland Climate Research Centre at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. The GEUS link to the position is through the GEUS Nuuk office and administratively under the GEUS Marine Geological Department.  
The position will refer to the head of Department of the Greenland Climate Research Centre.
The salary terms and conditions are specified by the agreement between the Government of Greenland and the employees negotiating partners.

Further information
For further information on the position, please contact Acting Head of Department Mie Winding, phone:  (+299) 36 1238; E-mail

Application ”marked Stillingsopslag GCRC” must be addressed to Acting Head of Department Mie Winding together with copies of diploma and curriculum vitae etc.:
Grønlands Naturinstitut
Att: Mie Winding
P.O. Box 570
DK-3900 Nuuk
or by mail to

Deadline for arrival of applications is September 18, 2019

The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources is the Government of Greenland's centre for biological research. Our primary objective is to provide the scientific basis for a sustainable use of the natural resources in Greenland, as well as safeguarding the environment and biological diversity. The Institute employs of about 60 people in six departments: Department of Fish and Shellfish, Department of Birds and Mammals, Greenland Climate Research Centre, Department of Environment and Mineral Resources, Administration and Communication Office

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an internationally oriented, independent research and advisory institution established in 1888 within the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building. GEUS carries out activities to exploit and protect geological resources in Denmark and Greenland. Primary activities are mapping, compilation and storage of data, research, monitoring and consultancy within water, energy, minerals and climate and environment. This includes research and technology development in relation to administration of legislation. GEUS also undertakes assignments related to energy, minerals, water, climate and the environment on a contractual basis for other public authorities, research agencies, private companies and clients outside Denmark.



The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources  is the Government of Greenland’s center for biological research. Our primary objective is to provide the scientific basis for a sustainable use of the natural resour­ces in Greenland, as well as safeguarding the environ­ment and biological diversity. The Institute employs  of about 60 people in four departments: Department of Administration, Department of Fish and Shellfish, Department of Birds and Mam­mals and the Greenland Climate Research Centre.

Updated 09.17.2019