Full-Time Position in Geomatics

Umhvørvisstovan (the Faroese Environment Agency) in collaboration with  Fróðskaparsetur Føroya (the University of the Faroe Islands) is seeking to appoint to a new full-time position in geomatics. The position will be funded for an initial three-year period, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and the availability of funding.



Umhvørvisstovan, Fróðskaparsetur Føroya and Landsverk, the Faroese public works agency, recently created a collaborative arrangement to develop geospatial activities on the Faroe Islands through establishing the Geospatial Centre of the Faroe Islands.  The Centre aims to support ongoing developments and activities in the field of geomatics on the Faroe Islands.  The land surveying and hydrographic surveying activities were devolved from the Danish authorities to the Faroese government in April 2019 and January 2020, respectively.  Both activities now reside at Umhvørvisstovan.


The position

The position will be based at Umhvørvisstovan, with access to the facilities and expertise at the University.  The position will involve research, teaching, developing and delivering professional training courses and data gathering in subjects related to geomatics, with special emphasis on the Faroese context.  It is desirable for the applicant to have knowledge of the Faroese context, or the context of other Nordic societies.


The position will include four main duties, carried out in collaboration with colleagues at both Fróðskaparsetur Føroya  and Umhvørvisstovan, but in particular under the supervision of Professor Gethin Wyn Roberts, Data Scientist at Umhvørvisstovan and affiliated Professor at the Fróðskaparsetur Føroya.  The successful candidate will:

  • Work 40% of their time over the first two years on a specific research project funded by the Faroese Research Council (Grankingaráðið).  The project focuses on the use of fibre brag grating technologies to measure and monitor the deflections and vibrations in ship bodies.
  • Take substantial day-to-day responsibility for the building up of the Geospatial Centre, coordinating the activities, developing and delivering training courses for industry.
  • Contribute to teaching in the University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering.
  • Be involved with the bathymetry surveys carried out by the Faroese research vessel Jákup Sverri. This will involve being at sea a handful of times per year, and being away for up to a couple of weeks at a time. 


Relevant training can be provided, where appropriate.


Qualifications and experience

Applicants should hold at least a good bachelor’s qualification, and preferably a masters in geomatics, geodesy, hydrographic surveying, engineering or a relevant subject area, and also have relevant work experience.  The applicant should be able to show evidence of drive and dynamism in learning and working and a capacity to work well in collaboration with others.  It is also highly desirable that the applicant can demonstrate at least some of the following:

  • Experience in providing professional development and training
  • Experience of carrying out technical research
  • Experience in the field of land surveying and/or hydrographic surveying
  • Strong ability in analysing, processing and interpreting data
  • Strong English language skills and preferably also Faroese




Applicants should send a full curriculum vitae and copies of diplomas, together with a covering letter to hr@us.fo.  Applications are encouraged in English language.


Terms of appointment

The salary and general terms of appointment will be in accordance with agreements between the Ministry of Finance and the relevant Faroese trade union Akademikarafelag Føroya.


Closing Date

The closing date is Monday 23 August 2021 at 12:00



Further information can be obtained by contacting Gethin Wyn Roberts, Data Scientist at Umhvørvisstovan and Affiliated Professor at Fróðskaparsetur Føroya : gethinr@us.fo;  +298 234351.


Staðsetingarfrøðingur (English)