Assistant professor at the Faculty of Physical Sciences University of Iceland, Faculty of Physical Sciences Iceland

Assistant professor at the Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Iceland - HI17050077


Assistant professor at the Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Iceland - HI17050077
A full tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the Faculty of Physical Sciences is now open for applications at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland. Work duties of the Assistant Professor consists of research, teaching and administration. The position is in the field of statistical analysis and mathematics as well as mathematical education and education development. The applicant will be teaching in the field of mathematics, statistical analysis and data configuration both in graduate and undergraduate studies. The applicant will also research in the field of mathematics, statistics and educational development.


Work responsibilities


The selected candidate will take a big part in the progress and development of teaching and research in the field of mathematics and statistics at the School. The applicant will also work interdisciplinary work to promote and shape the development of teaching and educational methods within the School trough teamwork and reform. It is necessary for the applicant to have great interest in the subject and to show initiative in action.


The developmental part of the position is linked to the School of Education at the University of Iceland and the applicant will lead projects and teams, plan and implement education in the field of mathematics as well as be an active participant within the Faculty.



  • Ph.D. in statistics, mathematics or related fields.
  • Experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching at University level within the field of statistics and mathematics.
  • Research activity in the field of statistics and mathematics is optimal.
  • Knowledge and experience in teaching development and education is important.
  • Initiative and audacity are desirable assets.
  • Ability to lead teams and larger projects.
  • Good communication skills and teamwork participation.
  • Familiarity with the status of mathematical teaching in Iceland is desirable.


The need and nature of the Faculty of Physical Sciences will be taken into account when final decision is made. The language of instruction at the University of Iceland is Icelandic. International applicants are offered courses in Icelandic. This is a tenure-track position with an initial appointment of five years. The application process, the evaluation of academic merits and hire will be in accordance with Icelandic law no. 85/2008 and the regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009.


How to apply


Deadline for application is August 8th, 2017. The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.


Applications and accompanying documentation should preferably be submitted in electronic form by e-mail to:, marked in the subject line: HI17050077. Applicants should submit with their application 1) certificates attesting to their education and work experience, 2) an academic Curriculum Vitae, 3) a list of publications, 4) a report on their research and other work they have carried out, 5) a description of their research plans if they are offered the position, and 6) contact information on three possible referees. Applicants must clearly indicate which of their publications they regard as most significant with respect to the advertised position (no more than eight publications should be selected). Applicants must send only these most significant publications with their application, or indicate where they are accessible in electronic form. When more than one author has produced a publication, the applicant must account for his or her own contribution to the work. Applicants are also expected to include peer-evaluations of their teaching and administrative work, as appropriate. Applications and accompanying documentation that are not submitted in electronic form must be sent in duplicate to the Division of Science and Research Affairs at the University of Iceland, Main Building at Sudurgata, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. All applications will be acknowledged and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been taken.


Salary will be according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers and the Minister of Finance.


Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.


For further information contact Prof. Oddur Ingólfsson, Head of Faculty of Physical Sciences by e-mail: or tel: +354 525 4313.


The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs ca. 360 people in academic positions. The School offers an international working environment, with the number of international employees and students increasing each year. Currently about quarter of all employees and graduate students are international. There are around 2900 students at the School, divided into six faculties, including approximately 350 MS students and 150 doctoral students. Research institutes at the School are the Science Institute that divides into the Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute of Physical Sciences, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Research Institute and the Institute for Sustainability Studies which is an interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland.


At the Faculty of Physical Sciences there are approximately 400 students that study chemistry, physics and mathematics. Thereof are about 60 graduate students, both MSc and PhD. The academic staff totals over 40 individuals, teachers and research scientists at the Institute of Physical Sciences, which provides research facilities for faculty members, scientists and graduate students in chemistry, mathematics and physics.


The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.


More information about the University of Iceland can be found here, at the Relocation Service and the International Office.

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