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) 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.