Researcher Wanted

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this position are now closed.

We are looking for a biologist that is interested in taking part in seal research at the Icelandic Seal Centre in NW Iceland.

The Research team at the Icelandic Seal Centre has been operating since 2009 and manages most of the seal related research conducted in Iceland, such as: population estimates of the two breeding seal populations in Iceland (harbour seals and grey seals), dietary studies, and studies on the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on the seal populations.

The starting date for the successful candidate is July 1, 2016 and the end date is December 31, 2016, with a view to making the post permanent. Accommodation at the Seal Centre can be arranged.

The successful candidate will assist with several projects; such as aerial population counts, land based counts, and behavioural studies. Some lab work may also be required.

Candidate Profile:


  • Legal right to work in Iceland.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Master’s or PhD in biology/ecology, and strong interest in marine mammal ecology and behaviour.
  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Good work ethic, independence, and a responsible attitude; good performance individually and as a member of a team.
  • Excellence in stressful conditions.
  • Enjoyment of long hours outdoors in hostile weather conditions.
  • The ability to go on long hikes through rough terrain.
  • The ability to manage challenging physical tasks independently.
  • A driver’s licence.


  • Experience working within the field of marine mammal research.
  • Animal observation experience.
  • Experience working from boats and planes.

Please e-mail your application, including a CV and a cover letter detailing your education and relevant experience to: Sigurdur Lindal Thorisson, Managing Director of the Icelandic Seal Centre, at Early application is advised.