Physical oceanographer

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

The MFRI is seeking to hire a physical oceanographer with expertise in observational physical oceanography. The successful candidate will join a group of scientists who work on oceanographic monitoring and research with focus on the dynamic ocean region surrounding Iceland. The candidate will take an active part in various oceanographic research projects and tasks at the MFRI. This includes analysis of data collected through long-term monitoring and other datasets to address a variety of scientific problems in ocean and climate dynamics. The job also involves collection of new data through participation in cruises on board research vessels, work with data from moorings and a variety of other oceanographic research that leads to the creation of new knowledge. The candidate will also work with an interdisciplinary research team to further understand ecosystem-climate interactions.

Overview of projects and responsibilities:

  • The candidate will participate in various research projects in the fields of oceanography and ecology.
  • Collection and processing of data on the marine environment.
  • Participation in cruises on board research vessels.
  • Publication of results in scientific journals, reports and in presentations.

The skills we’re looking for:

  • PhD in physical oceanography or related disciplines.
  • Experience in research in the field of physical oceanography 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 13th of February 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 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

Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Head of the Enviromental Division - – (+354) 695 6705

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 reserch 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 work place with progressive human resources policy to strengthen the institute’s competiveness and an effective equality policy.

The Environmental Division is one of four science divisions at the institute along with the Benthic Division, Pelagic Division and the Freshwater and Aquaculture Division. About 23 staff work within the Environmental Division on physical, chemical and biological oceanography, phytoplankton research, freshwater environmental research and various chemical analysis work.

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