Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

Researcher for NIKU's High North Department in Tromsø


NIKU’s High North department conducts research related to, among other topics, traditional landscape and resource utilisation; indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge and contribution to resource management; climate and environment in a social perspective; effects of climate change and governmental management strategies; and cultural heritage and society in the High North and polar regions.

We are looking for one researcher to join NIKU's High North Department located in The FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment in Tromsø. The position is a temporary two-year assignment with the option for an extension/permanent position.

The position is primarily associated with the department's research activities but may also include some commissioned work on thematically relevant topics. As one of our researchers, you will have the opportunity to study societies and cultural heritage in the High North, hereunder traditional landscape and resource utilisation, traditional and local knowledge, methodology for interviews and mapping of traditional knowledge, indigenous peoples' contribution to resource management and administration, etc.



  • Participate in research projects
  • Field work and data collection, including interviews, compilation and analysis of interview data
  • Project reporting, scientific publishing and dissemination
  • Contribute to research project applications where relevant
  • Contribute to the High North Department's commissioned research and public consultancy service where relevant



  • Doctorate (PhD) or equivalent in social sciences, preferably in fields such as anthropology, social anthropology, social planning and cultural understanding, governance etc. Candidates with a master's degree in these areas as well as relevant work experience may also be considered for the role
  • Knowledge of society and cultural heritage in the High North
  • Knowledge of indigenous cultures, especially the Sami, in the High North
  • Good oral and written proficiency in a Scandinavian language; fluent English
  • Other qualifications such as experience with qualitative interviews, surveys (incl. online) or Sami language will also be emphasised


Personal characteristics:

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Resourceful and innovative
  • Ability to structure and organise your own workload
  • Good implementation and delivery capabilities


We offer:

  • A friendly and academically strong work environment.
  • Good opportunities for an academic career development.
  • Dedicated research time.
  • Competitive salary and working conditions.
  • Good insurance schemes.
  • Membership in ‘Statens pensjonskasse’ (the Government Pension Fund).


Contact person:

Alma Thuestad
Head of Department, High North Department
Phone: +47 90856303


We want a working environment characterized by diversity, and that our employees should reflect the rest of the population. We encourage everyone who is qualified to apply for a job with us, regardless of age, functional ability, gender, or minority background. 

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