SKREI Research Center Manager in Lofoten, Norway

Application Deadline: 20 March 2022

Annual renumeration: between 500.000 – 600.000 NOK (based on experience)

Term: 2 years from start date (with the potential for extension)

Start date: as soon as possible

Place of work: Lofoten, Norway

Are you who we’re looking for?

We want to establish an unconventional, interdisciplinary research center about Arctic Cod at the heart of our new multi-million museum project SKREI. We are on the hunt for a motivated, experienced project manager and strong leader to join our team.

If you…

  • have experience with coordinating interdisciplinary research,
  • can curate a programme of seminars around Arctic Cod,
  • can demonstrate a track record of project work and business development, and
  • have an interest in fisheries, past, present and future

… then this opportunity is for you.

Who are we

Museum Nord is a non-profit, government-supported organisation within the Norwegian national museum network, operating 21 different museum units in northern Nordland. Museum Nord contributes to the collection and documentation of historical sites and objects, carrying out research, and disseminating and promoting the cultural and natural history of Ofoten, Vesterålen and Lofoten. In this context the museum works towards the preservation of archaeological and architectural buildings and monuments, physical environments of cultural significance, and the region’s intangible cultural heritage.

Museum Nord was established in 2002 by recommendation of the Ministry of Culture with the aim of consolidating and professionalise all the public museums in these three regions, and to communicate heritage knowledge to a wider audience. There are three regional museums like Museum Nord in Nordland County today: Helgeland Museum (South), Nordland Museum (Middle) and Museum Nord (North).

SKREI – a new national museum for Arctic Cod

No industry has left such a deep mark in our culture over as many centuries as the Lofoten Fisheries. Arctic Cod departs from the Barents Sea and spawns from the Møre coast to Finnmark and the Vestfjord between Lofoten and the mainland. Fishing has traditionally taken place in all these areas, but the Lofoten Fisheries have taken a unique position with the highest number of participants and the largest catches. That’s why we consider it a phenomenon of national importance, culturally and economically. Stockfish has represented the bulk of Norwegian export value for a period of over 500 years. Some say, cod fish has built Norway.

The dissemination of what fishing for Arctic cod has meant, means and will mean for Norway is a task of national importance. 

To realize this task, Museum Nord and Vågan municipality have taken the initiative to establish a national centre for the Lofoten Fisheries – called SKREI – to raise the importance of cod for Norway in the past, present and future.

Your role

We’re looking for a Research Manager who will be responsible for two major work areas towards the realization of SKREI:

  1. to bring together relevant knowledge and research for the SKREI exhibitions – via a series of international seminars
  2. to establish a way of working that allows us to update the content in SKREI on an ongoing basis? concept of the SKREI Research Center.

You will be part of the Research and Development Team at Museum Nord and work closely alongside the Vågan Department staff team and the SKREI project management staff team.

Your role will be contributing majorly to the establishment of the new SKREI.

Key responsibilities

The focus of the role will be to

  • Develop and curate a programme of 8 international research seminars for SKREI within the timeframe of this employment. The content of these events will be the basis for the SKREI exhibition development.
  • Deliver the outputs of the international research seminars (documentation, publication) to the exhibition team in the form of publications. This includes leading editorial teams who help synthesise academic information into information for different audiences.
  • Manage and develop our academic network related to the topic of SKREI.
  • Take the lead on establishing the day-to-day management of the SKREI Research Center (development of a business plan and early implementation period)
  • Take the lead in managing and delivering small, supplementary research projects from scoping through to fundraising, methodology and report writing.
  • Ensure that the organisation is up to date with innovations in specified academic areas and societal developments.


Necessary requirements

  • Master degree level in a relevant field of study
  • leadership experience
  • experience in curating events and programmes
  • editorial experience
  • experience in project management and business development
  • an experienced networker
  • an excellent communicator
  • a particular interest in the field
  • ability to work on own account
  • an excellent team player
  • proficient in English  

Desired experience

  • fluent in Norwegian
  • experience in working with artists
  • experience in facilitation and use of creative and participatory methods
  • driving license

What you can expect

Independence in your role and work – along the lines of the project plan.

Collaborative work – we encourage creativity and good communication through our supportive culture which values knowledge sharing, learning and working together to achieve the best that we can.

Innovation and imagination – we strive to create a culture where innovation and imagination are encouraged in everything we do.

How to apply

Contact Anna Vermehren, Head of Research and Development, to request a project description.

Email a cover letter in English, outlining your response to the requirements, to the project description and your motivation to apply (max 2 A4 pages), as well as a relevant CV in Norwegian or English to Anna Vermehren ( by the 20 March 2022.

The first interview round is scheduled via TEAMS the week after the deadline.

Questions? Contact Anna Vermehren: / +47 90361053