Vacant position as scientific software developer

About us

The Nansen Center is an independent non-profit research foundation conducting multidisciplinary research with focus on the marine environment, cryosphere and atmosphere, where scientific activities are closely integrated with innovation and service development. The Arctic is one of our main areas of attention. NERSC takes an active part in training and capacity building for students and young scientists, as well as dissemination to stakeholders in public and private sector and society in general. We have an international workplace with about 70 employees from 28 nations.

The vacant position

The Nansen Center Ocean and Sea Ice Remote Sensing (OSIRS) group has a vacant 100% position for a scientific software developer for a duration of 3 years with possibility for permanent position. The selected candidate will support the group in maintenance and further development of our software tools and should take charge in the development toward cloud solutions to better and more efficiently exploit existing data infrastructures. The selected candidate shall support the research within core projects in the OSIRS group, assist in training and encourage coordination of efforts between researchers involved in data science.

The OSIRS group works on the integration of satellite Earth Observation (EO) with model and in-situ data to study physical and biological ocean and sea ice processes. The group actively participates in Norwegian and international projects within satellite EO data calibration, algorithm development, time series generation, and assimilation into numerical models. With the advance of new cloud-based information and communication technologies and the transformation of satellite remote sensing based Earth Sciences into the Big Data era, the opportunity to do large scale statistical analyses in our field is increasing. The Nansen Center aims to be in the forefront of geospatial data analysis, exploiting both local and distributed resources. In supporting our research activities, we develop tools to search, access, and process geospatial data in a generic approach.



  • Good communication skills in both oral and written English
  • Master’s degree or similar in a relevant field, such as informatics, computer science, physics/mathematics or relevant quantitative sciences
  • Experience and documented knowledge in software development within Linux environments
  • Experience in collaborative software development including git version control and continuous integration (e.g., TravisCI)
  • Experience with Python and the Django web development framework would be an advantage


  • Ability to be structured, curious, and innovative, taking initiative to new developments and challenge our work methods
  • Ability to develop modular, flexible and robust software solutions.
  • Enjoy working in a team, as well as individually

We offer

  • Interesting and challenging tasks
  • A professional, international and social work environment
  • Good pension schemes
  • Flexible working hours agreement
  • Salary according to qualifications

For further information about the position, please contact Research Leader Dr Morten Hansen (+47 915 47 844) or Dr Anton Korosov (+47 413 34 568).

How to apply

Please send your application letter by email including CV, and contact information of minimum 2 references. Please also include copies of diplomas. 


The e-mail should be sent with subject "Application for remote sensing researcher position to 


Submission deadline: 20th June 2019

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