The Climate and the Cryosphere (CliC) Project and the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) invite applications for a permanent position as Executive Officer for the CliC International Project Office.

As a core project of the World Climate Research Programme, the “Climate and Cryosphere” project encourages and promotes research into the cryosphere and its interactions as part of the global climate system. It seeks to focus attention on the most important issues, encourage communication between researchers with common interests in cryospheric and climate science, promote international co-operation, and highlight the importance of this field of science to policy makers, funding agencies, and the general public. CliC also publishes significant findings regarding the role of the cryosphere in climate, and recommends directions for future study. The CliC International Project Office is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI).

The application deadline is 7th October 2014.

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Work content

The Executive Officer responsibilities include general office administration and include tasks such as:

  • planning and preparation of CliC meetings and events;
  • compilation of documents, plans and reports;
  • communication and outreach of the project and the general cryosphere;
  • ensuring the timely flow of pertinent information (through the project newsletter, website, publications and other means;
  • maintenance of the projects’s website
  • managing the project budget and other duties as required; 

The CliC Executive Officer is a member of the NPI`s Research Department staff and reports to the Director of CliC International Project Office, which serves as an extension of the World Climate Research Programme’s Joint Planning Staff. The Executive Officer is expected to integrate into and actively interact with the cryosphere research community at NPI.


Candidates must have a higher education in environmental, natural science, science policy or other related field. In addition, we are looking for the following qualifications:

  • the ability to communicate effectively with a range of project stake-holders, including scientists, students, science policy experts, data and information managers, funding agencies and managers of scientific programmes and institutes;
  • experience with managing project budgets;
  • experience with managing websites;
  • writing, communication and outreach experience through multiple forms of media (print, web, video, etc);
  • efficient organizational and multi-tasking skills;
  • experience with planning meetings and events;
  • experience writing meeting reports and related documents;
  • readiness to work with national/international sources and associated processes for funding scientific programmes and technical projects;
  • a broad interest in the fields of climate and the cryosphere 

Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English are required. The ability to work in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language is considered an asset. Those who do not speak Norwegian or other Scandinavian language will be expected to learn it within a reasonable amount of time. The Norwegian Polar Institute covers necessary language courses.


The work place is the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate, under the Norwegian state salary code 1408, scale 50–57 (currently 429,700–482,800 NOK per year). Travelling, both nationally and internationally, may be required. The position is open immediately.

Tromsø is a city of 70.000 residents situated in northern Norway at nearly 70°N. Tromsø is known as a good place to experience the midnight sun, polar night, varied outdoor activities and a lively cultural and entertainment environment. It is also a major, and expanding, center for research, with numerous government and private research institutions and a major university.

The Norwegian State Administration strives to mirror the diversity of its population and thereby achieve a balanced mix of age, gender and ethnic backgrounds among its employees. All qualified candidates with different backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Norwegian Polar Institute is an IW-enterprise and adjustments will be made to the workplace regarding health issues, if necessary.

Further inquiries about the position may be directed to the Director of the Climate and Cryosphere International Project Office Dr. Jenny Baeseman, tel. +47 482 18 095, e-mail:,   section leader of Oceans and Sea Ice Dr. Sebastian Gerland, tel. +47 77 75 05 54, e-mail: or Research Director Nalân Koç, tel. +47 77 75 05 30, e-mail:

The application deadline is 7th October 2014. The application with all relevant qualifications and experience, a complete curriculum vitae, a cover letter/statement (2 pages maximum) describing what the applicant would bring to this job and which personal skills and experience would allow him/her to meet the selection criteria, and the names and contact details of at least three references must be submitted electronically via Please do not include text or copies of articles or other work in the application, but note that it may be requested later in the process.

All applications are handled in confidentially until the application deadline. Thereafter, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Applicants who wish to reserve their applications from the public list must give reasons for this when submitting their applications. Information about an applicant can be made public even if the applicant has requested not be included from the public list of applicants, cf. Freedom of Information Act, Section 25, 2nd paragraph.