Vacancy - Fisheries scientist

Job description

The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) in Iceland is seeking a fisheries scientist for a full-time position.

The MFRI is seeking to hire a fisheries scientist with expertise in stock assessment. The successful candidate will join a group of scientists who work on population dynamics of fisheries and advice. The focus of the candidate will be data analysis, research regarding life history, monitoring and research on invertebrate stocks.

Overview of projects and responsibilities:

  • The candidate will participate in advice and stock assessment and various research projects in the fields of fisheries and ecology.
  • Data processing, survey planning and communication with stakeholders.
  • Publication of results in scientific journals, reports and in presentations.

The skills we’re looking for:

  • MSc or PhD in fisheries science or related disciplines (statistics, math).
  • Experience in research in the field of fisheries science or related disciplines.
  • Previous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Ambition, initiative, and a positive attitude.
  • Excellent ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, with oral and written communication skills.

Application requirements

The application should include:

  • Detailed CV.
  • Certificates of education (BSc, MSc, PhD and/or other).
  • A letter of interest detailing the reason for application and justification for the applicant´s qualifications for the job.
  • The names of two referees along with their contact information.

Further information

Full time position. Salary is according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Icelandic Union of natural scientists (FÍN) and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.

The deadline for application is by the end of 26th of September 2023.

Please send your application to our human resources team email Applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made.

Please note:

  • Applications are valid for six months after the application deadline.
  • The MFRI reserves the right to reject all applications.

Appointments to positions at the Marine and Freshwater Research institute are made in consideration of the Equal Right Policy of MFRI.

For further information please contact

Jónas Páll Jónasson, Head of the Demersal Division,, (+354) 575 2131
Bjarki Þór Elvarsson, Program Director,, (+354) 575 2033
Sigríður Elva Ármannsdóttir, HR Specialist,, (+354) 834 2888

About the employer

The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) is a governmental research institute in Iceland under the auspices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. The institute employs around 190 staff, operates 2 research vessels, and has 9 branches around the country, including an experimental research station.

The role of the MFRI is to conduct monitoring and research to expand our understanding of marine and freshwater ecosystems, and to provide various science based advice to ministries, other governmental institutes and others to ensure the sustainable use of freshwater- and marine resources in Iceland. A wide variety of research activities take place at the institute, including diverse research on freshwater- and marine ecosystems, aquaculture, and multiple projects in the field of fisheries science. Internal, national, and international collaborations are an important part of the operation of the institute.

The MFRI is highly regarded in the scientific community and is therefore a valuable research partner, active at an international level with a strong infrastructure and high-quality equipment. MFRI is an appealing workplace with a progressive human resources policy to strengthen the institute’s competitiveness and an effective equality policy.

The Demersal Division is one of four science divisions at the institute along with the Environmental Division, Pelagic Division and the Freshwater and Aquaculture Division. About 30 staff work within the Demersal Division on fisheries science, stock assessment, benthic ecology, habitat mapping, and gear technology.

Areas of Research

  • Fisheries science
  • Stock assessment
  • Invertebrate ecology

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