Norut has several vacancies for permanent positions.

(1) Research Director and Senior Research Scientists in Social Science (Alta/Tromsø/Harstad)

Norut ( is a multi-disciplinary research and innovation company providing services of high quality and practical applicability for our clients. Norut has about 130 employees in offices located in the three North Norwegian counties; Finnmark, Troms and Nordland, and we have particular competence in issues relating to the High North.

The department of social science is organized in three research groups; Innovation, Regional Development and Nature and Environment. We have available a position as Research Director in addition to 2-3 research scientists with PhD degree or similar expertise.

The Research Director must have a background in one of the research groups' subject areas, and will be responsible for professional development and coordination of acquisition in addition to management functions. The Research Director is a member of Noruts’ management team and reports directly to the CEO.

We are seeking highly skilled, experienced and collaborative social scientists in all three of our subject areas, and are particularly interested in the following qualifications:

  • Environmental social research - circular economy, marine plastic pollution and management of natural resources
  • Sami conditions - Sami language background  is highly relevant
  • Innovation - organization, reorganization and development
  • Regional development - especially quantitative method background

Workplace is either Alta, Tromsø or Harstad, but as we will strengthen our office in Alta, we especially encourage people who want to work there, to apply. Working languages ​​are English and Norwegian. The institute has competitive salaries, good pension and insurance schemes. All our offices are located in modern premises.

For further information about the research posts, contact Acting Research Director, tel. 452 37 115.

For Research Director position, contact CEO, tel. 913 24 360.

Please send application with CV to  by May 22th 2017.


(2) Ph.D. Position on Oil-in-Ice in Fjords (Narvik)

Northern Research Institute Narvik (Norut Narvik) is a technical scientific research institute. Its mission is to explore new solutions across disciplines to support businesses operate and grow sustainably in the north. It has departments in cold climate technology, infrastructure, materials and construction, and process and environmental technology. Norut Narvik is part of the Norut group – a multi-disciplinary research and innovation group that provides services of high quality and practical applicability to clients. Norut has over 30 years of experience, 110 employees, is located in the three North Norwegian counties, and has a focus on issues relating to the High North. Norut Narvik has 25 employees with a young, dynamic, creative and innovative environment. The surroundings of Narvik are excellent for outdoor activities and recreation in the countryside. Narvik presents a safe and stable environment for raising children.

Northern Research Institute Narvik (Norut Narvik) invites applications for a fully funded 3-year Ph.D. position investigating oil in ice in Norwegian fjords. The position is located in Narvik and linked to UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Department of Physics and Technology. The anticipated starting date is August 2017.

Norut Narvik has a strong profile in investigating local and regional-scale freshwater ice and sea ice processes through the use of modeling, remote sensing products, and field work, and oil-in-ice processes through modeling and laboratory experiments. Ongoing projects include international partners in research, industry, and education, and focus on both physical processes and bioremediation. This Ph.D. position will be part of the Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA) Work Package 3,  a Centre for Research-based Innovation. CIRFA (, does research on integrated remote sensing methods and technologies for reliably detecting, monitoring, integrating and interpreting multi-sensor data describing the physical environment of the Arctic, and efficiently assimilating this information into models to perform predictions of sea ice state, meteorological and oceanographic conditions.


In order to facilitate environmentally sound industrial operations, the Ph.D. project will use a multi-sensor approach toward the interpretation of ice conditions to develop and improve models for now-casting and forecasting of ice conditions relevant for oil-in-ice spill response. The project will focus on interpreting ice conditions near shore and onshore in the context of oil spills. These areas bear high potential for impact on humans, land-dwelling animals and birds, and affect an environment that the general public can readily relate to.

The focus of the project will be on mainland Norwegian fjords. Ice and oil spills in fjords are of practical commercial relevance due to potential spills from ships, and since ice is used as a training ground for offshore sea ice operations. Understanding the behavior of ice in fjords and differences between oil in fjord-borne and offshore ice is relevant to training, planning, and execution of operations. Ice in mainland Norwegian fjords has received little attention in the scientific literature and this project is thus expected to make a major contribution to its characterization and relation to ice in Svalbard and the Barents Sea.

Preferred qualifications

  1. M.Sc. in the physical sciences with mathematical background. Thesis work related to ice processes or remote sensing would be an advantage.
  2. Ability to critically evaluate available literature, define own research questions, and identify practical means of addressing those questions within the own skills and logistical constraints. A demonstrated ability will be an asset.
  3. Desire and ability to perform lab work in the cold room and field work on ice in cold conditions, preferably demonstrated.
  4. Desire and demonstrated ability to write computer code.
  5. Enthusiasm to engage with co-workers, collaborators, and stakeholders.
  6. Initiated and completed pastime research or engineering projects outside of organized activity.
  7. Ability to publish, present and discuss scientific work in English.

The place of work for this position is in Narvik, and it is expected that the candidate take course work at UiT Campus Narvik and/or Campus Tromsø. The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD program as condition for employment (Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor at UiT). In addition, the applicant shall be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification (cf. website about PhD regulations at UiT,


Please submit the following 6 items by 24 May 2017 electronically to

  1. Cover letter addressing research interest, motivation, qualification (cf. above), and thoughts for this project
  2. CV including educational and work history, and list of presentations or publications as relevant
  3. Preliminary Ph.D. project proposal (1-2 pages)
  4. Transcripts of B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies
  5. Copy of M.Sc. certificate with a summary of courses included in the degree
  6. Names and contact information (phone and email) of two potential references

The preliminary project proposal should reflect background and interests of the candidate and is an important part of the selection process.

For further information about this position please contact Dr. Chris Petrich,

Deadline for application: 24th May 2017


(3) Engineer: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Tromsø)

We are seeking an engineer to complement Norut's Unmanned Aircraft Systems team. The work is R&D centered and project based. Good candidates will be expected to have a strong practical and theoretical background, and should preferably have previous experience with Unmanned Aircraft Systems/drones/model planes.

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in electrical engineering/automation/cybernetics.
  • Three years of relevant experience.
  • Candidates with no formal Bachelor degree can be considered if they have 7+ years of highly relevant experience.

Preferred qualifications

The following additional qualifications will be given weight:

  • Experience with Unmanned Aircraft Systems/drones/model planes
  • Experience with microcontrollers
  • Experience with Linux
  • Good skills with mechanical systems
  • Proficient in English


We offer a competitive salary in a positive, open and internationally minded working environment with great possibilities for professional development. Norut also has a good pension and insurance system.

About Norut

Norut Northern Research Institute (Norut) is a Norwegian research group that produces knowledge within technology and social science with practical applicability relevant to the High North. Norut has about 120 employees where the earth observation department is the largest with 30 scientists that works on a wide range of projects in the cross-section between ICT and Earth Observation, including works on synthetic aperture radar processing and applications.

Norut has performed research and development on unmanned aircraft technologies since 2005. Together with commercial partners Norut has developed the CryoWing drone family with aircraft ranging from 2 to 60 kg and ranges up to 1200 km. Norut has performed operations and collected environmental data in Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Svalbard, Norway and from ships. Research is done on robust platforms, sensors and remote sensing services for arctic use. Norut has a range of sensor packages, UV/VIS/IR cameras, hyperspectral imagers, ground penetrating radars, laser altimeters, meteorological sensors and aerosol sensors. Norut also has created the CryoCore software platform, used both by CryoWing drones as well as other deployed sensor and environmental monitoring systems. Norut has created various services for timed data and leads the W3C multi-device timing community group for standardization of multi-device timing related solutions for the World Wide Web.

If you want to know more, contact

Senior Scientist Rune Storvold ,, +47 934 16 169 or

Research Director Kjell Arild Høgda,, +47 934 18 859.

If tempted, send a short application with CV as soon as possible to Norut, P.O. Box 6434, N-9294 Tromsø, Norway or by email to

Deadline for application: (April 21, 2017) Postponed, still open for applications.