Project Officer

Göteborg University
April 09, 2024
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Swedish Research Vessel Infrastructure for Marine Research (SWERVE) Project Officer


The Swedish Research Vessel Infrastructure for Marine Research (SWERVE) is a new national infrastructure (starting 2024) funded by the Swedish Research Council that brings together existing research vessel and data management infrastructure to enhance access to vessels, equipment, technical expertise and data.

The SWERVE infrastructure is delivered through a partnership of 7 organisations: Stockholm University, Swedish Geological Survey, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, the University of Gothenburg, and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Together, these organisations provide access to six advanced research vessels (Electra, Ocean Survey, Svea, KBV181, Oden and Skagerak respectively) and data management infrastructure and support through the National Oceanographic Data Centre. The objectives of SWERVE are to:

  • Enhance the communication of information on access to vessels, equipment, technical and scientific expertise, collaborative projects, career development and other opportunities in marine research, to Swedish researchers and technicians.
  • Enhance the quality, use and impact of data collected by Swedish research vessels.
  • Enhance access to ship-time for Swedish marine researchers and technicians.
  • Ensure access, operations, finance and governance of SWERVE adhere to the requirements and guidelines of the Swedish Research Council, also with respect to diversity and equity.
  • The University of Gothenburg is the host organisation for SWERVE and oversees the management and delivery of the infrastructure. SWERVE activities will be coordinated through a secretariat, which is based at the GU Department of Marine Sciences. The Secretariat and operations of SWERVE are managed by a director under the guidance of the SWERVE Steering Committee. A SWERVE Project Officer (PO) is now being sought, to work with the director, partner organisations, infrastructure managers, work module leads and the national network of marine researchers and technicians, to implement activities and achieve SWERVE objectives.

    SWERVE activities are delivered through three work modules: 1) Coordination, Management and Communication, 2) Technical expertise and data management, and 3) Ship time access. The PO will be responsible for delivering modules 1 and 3 and where required will support the other module leads to deliver Module 2. The duty and responsibility of the PO is to support the Director in all aspects of SWERVE, which includes planning and support for module work plans; delivery of communication actions, such as the ship user network, website, newsletters, surveys, presentations and meetings; delivery of a ship-time application process for marine researchers, which includes working with vessel managers to establish the Marine Facilities Planning software for review and allocation of ship-time; coordination of actions related to national applications for ship-time funding and providing support to vessel operators for planning of research voyages where required; support for the organisation of annual Steering Committee meetings and documents; support with reporting requirements and tracking of KPI and impact metrics; community networking and engagement; and acting as a point-of-contact for stakeholders.

    The SWERVE PO will be someone who has experience in delivering complex programs that require a high degree of organisation and administrative competence. They will be experienced in building networks and relationships, and bringing together diverse stakeholder needs into integrated outcomes.


    Essential Criteria

  • Relevant university degree or training in project management, and/or documented experience in project management of complex programs with diverse stakeholders.
  • A high level of interpersonal and professional communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate (written and orally) to a high level in both English and Swedish.
  • Ability to work to deadlines across multiple work packages.
  • Able to show initiative and work independently while also able to work as part of a team.
  • Preferred Criteria

  • An understanding of marine science, marine monitoring and/or maritime logistics and industry
  • Experience in starting up multi-partner projects.
  • Experience in translating long-term goals to short-term milestones.
  • Applicants are encouraged to give specific examples of their experience in working with diverse stakeholder groups towards a common goal and to use their application to showcase their ability to produce professional and appealing documents.

    The position is based at the Department of Marine Sciences “Natrium” building in Gothenburg, and the working language in the office will be English. Communication with the national marine research community will be in both Swedish and English (written and oral).


    The position is based at the Department of Marine Sciences “Natrium” building in Gothenburg, and the working language in the office will be English. Communication with the national marine research community will be in both Swedish and English (written and oral).

    Contact information for the post

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Ship Manager, RV, Skagerak Louise Newman e-post: [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR, Blerina Rushiti e-post: [email protected]


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    Applications must be received by: 2024-04-09

    The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

    Salaries are set individually at the University.

    In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

    In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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