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Job vacancy – Benthic Ecologist Published 08.06.2021

Researcher/Senior Researcher

The Greenland Climate Research Centre (GCRC), a part of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR), is seeking a benthic ecologist for a permanent position to lead an ongoing nation-wide offshore benthic monitoring program and develop key areas of research on the dynamics of marine zoobenthos in Greenland waters. The successful candidate will work as a principal investigator and join an international group of active scientists conducting extensive research on marine ecology and oceanography aimed at understanding the ecological responses to natural variability (in time and space) and human influence in the Arctic and sustaining policy development for conservation and management.


Key aspects of the position

The jobholder shall

  • Lead GINR’s program for long-term monitoring of benthic communities. The standard sampling program covers continental shelf and slope regions in East and West Greenland from 60 to 73°N.
  • Analyze and report field data and provide scientific advice to national management bodies concerning marine spatial planning with reference to Greenland’s first management plan for the seabed, which is currently under development.
  • Develop research proposals that will enhance this field of research, in collaboration with national and international partners.
  • Deliver independent scientific studies through publications in international, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in international scientific organizations and networks generating advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals in the Arctic (e.g., Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme, CBMP).


This is an important role and presents exciting opportunities to contribute to and develop a research field that is increasingly important from a national management perspective due to a growing awareness of the sustainability of marine resource exploitation in Greenland. To fulfil this role, the PI will have access to a wide range of GCRC and GINR facilities, including a new research vessel (RV Tarajoq) with extensive biological sampling systems and laboratories. The PI will be expected to participate in regular offshore research cruises. The PI will also have access to extensive monitoring datasets.



The successful candidate has a PhD in marine biology or ecology and a strong track record of investigations on zoobenthic organisms and/or communities. Documented experience in the Arctic is preferred, but is not a prerequisite.


Salary and terms of employment:

The salary terms and conditions are specified by the agreement between the Government of Greenland and the employee’s negotiating partners. This is a permanent position providing government housing on regular rental/housing conditions. The position will refer to the head of Department of the Greenland Climate Research Centre.


Further information

For further information on the position, please contact Head of Department Mie Winding, phone:  (+299) 36 1238; E-mail



Application deadline: 1 July 2021

See more about the position and how to apply on Naalakkersuisut 

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