Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


SIOS logo ORIGINAL rgbapecs logo webThe Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are looking for an early career scientist to join the editorial board for the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report. Application deadline is on 25 May!

SIOS is a consortium of international institutions with research infrastructure in and around Svalbard. SIOS is building an integrated observing system for long-term measurements addressing Earth System questions. 

Starting in 2018, SIOS will produce an annual State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report. The report will summarise the state of current knowledge of key Earth System Science (ESS) parameters and analyse how these parameters influence one another. The SESS report will outline the work that has been done in the previous year within the SIOS cooperation to optimise the observing system and recommend research priorities for the following year(s).

The first issue of the SESS report will be published in two steps. A preliminary report will be published online in early summer; its chapters will be subject to an open review. A final report will be based on the reviewed chapters and additional contributions and will be released during the Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, 14-17 January 2019.

SESS report

The editorial board consists of three persons, two of which are senior researchers from SIOS member institutions. We would like to appoint an early career scientist as a third member of the editorial board.

The tasks of the editorial board are:

  • review received contributions
  • invite additional contributors
  • organise a scientific review process ‘light’
  • merge all contribution to a coherent report (synthesis work)
  • develop a layout and design profile
  • prepare the SESS report release
  • prepare promotion material

The editorial board works in close cooperation with scientific and communication advisors within the SIOS community.

Applicants should:

  • have an education background within Earth System Science
  • be available during the next 8 months and the Polar Night Week
  • have an interest in editorial activities
  • be an active team player
  • be fluent in oral and written English

We offer an excellent opportunity

  • to gain insight in the editorial work of scientific reports
  • to influence the development of the SESS report, both in content and layout
  • to build a network with diverse fields of arctic research within Earth System Science

The applicant is expected to attend board meetings (mainly on video) and the Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen 14-17 January 2019. Travel costs will be refunded. 

SIOS expects the work of the editorial board to commence right after the appointments are made (beginning of June). The time period of appointment to the editorial board is limited to the completion of the first issue of the SESS report (January 2019). There may be the opportunity to continue on the editorial board, depending on the decisions made by the SIOS Board of Directors.

The application and selection process is coordinated by APECS. If you are interested in applying, please send the following information by no later than 25 May 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • CV
  • Statement of interest (max one page), including
    • your research background
    • your motivation in joining the editorial board for the SESS report
    • your thoughts on how you could contribute to the editorial work and how this work would be beneficial for your career

If you have questions about the position, please contact SIOS directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact APECS

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

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