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APECS is happy to announce that the position of the APECS Executive Director of the International Directorate in Tromsø, Norway is now open for applications!

Application deadline is 7 November 2021.

The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), in cooperation with APECS announces a vacant full-time position for the APECS Executive Director in the International Directorate Office, that will be based at UiT from January 2022 till December 2026. The International Directorate Office of APECS will be funded and hosted by UiT, in partnership with the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and the FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (FRAM).

This opportunity is a temporary position for five years. The place of work is UiT in Tromsø, Norway.

Interviews will take place shortly after the application deadline. Intended start of the position is 1 January 2022 to allow for a smooth transition between the current Directorate at AWI in Potsdam, Germany and the new Directorate at UiT in Tromsø, Norway. Please visit the jobnorge website for all official information.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus, comprehensive university that contributes to knowledge-based development regionally, nationally, and internationally. It is Norway's leading university in Arctic sciences - at the intersection of the High North's opportunities and borderless sciences. Located in a region with rich natural resources, Arctic proximity, multicultural communities, scattered settlement, and strong export industries; in a world where research and education are increasingly internationalized. We will utilize our central location in the High North, our professional breadth and quality and our interdisciplinary advantages to meet the challenges of the future.

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective. Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.


The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early career faculty members, educators, and others with interest in Polar and Alpine Regions and the wider cryosphere. APECS aims to:

1) create a network of polar researchers across disciplines and national boundaries to meet, share ideas and experiences, and develop new research directions and collaborations

2) provide the opportunity for career development for both traditional and alternative polar and cryosphere professions

3) promote education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate emerging polar researchers.

Responsibilities and duties of the APECS Executive Director

  • Leading and overseeing the APECS International Directorate Office
  • Guiding, overseeing, and enhancing APECS’s activities and developing new initiatives
  • Maintaining regular contact with (and reporting to) the Executive Committee, the APECS Council, Project Groups, National Committees, Advisory Committee, and overall membership
  • Providing mentorship, management training and support for APECS committees, Project Groups, projects, events and activities
  • Facilitating the planning and organization of APECS events and activities
  • Fundraising for the APECS International Directorate Office and other APECS activities
  • Leading and managing APECS involvement in externally funded projects
  • Ensuring the structure of the organization is maintained and runs effectively
  • Liaising with APECS partners and sponsors, including major science funding bodies and polar organizations and institutions
  • Providing day-to-day administrative support to the organization and members

Qualifications required

  • A PhD in natural or social sciences related to polar or alpine research, or related work experience
  • Experience in working with international projects and/or international organizations, teamwork, and collaborations
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in mentoring and managing people (including staff and volunteers), including strong cultural awareness
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills             

Advantageous qualifications

  • Website management and development
  • Organizing online or in-person training activities
  • Experience in writing reports, and budget management
  • Knowledge in public relations and use of social media as well other forms of communication
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience in any of the Scandinavian languages, and/or willingness to explore them

The assessment will emphasize the candidates motivation and personal suitability for the position.


The application must be submitted electronically via, and shall include:

  • CV and application letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • Contact information to 2-3 references

All documentation has to be in English.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The applicants who are the most qualified will be called to an interview shortly after the application deadline. The interview shall, among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the position.

UiT offers

  • A good working environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1434 (adviser) or code 1364 (senior adviser) on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, depending on qualifications. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


For further information please contact Senior adviser Dr. Kata Bohus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone +47 77660397) or APECS Executive Director Dr. Josefine Lenz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone +49-331-288 2219).

To find out more about the requirements for the position and how to apply UiT website and use this direct link to the position.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Huginbakken 14
9019 Tromsø
Email: info(at)

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