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PhD student - Sleep revolution

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Reykjavik University
Research Field
Computer science » Informatics
Engineering » Other
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Offer Description

The Sleep Revolution and NordSleep are looking for a PhD student for a multi-disciplinary project within Europe. The Horizon 2020 project Sleep Revolution ( is sponsored by the European Commission (no. 965417). The project is led by Reykjavik University (RU) with a large network of partners in Europe and Australia. The research partners are academic, industry and health institutions. The work is highly inter-disciplinary with involvement from four departments; Department of Engineering, Computer Sciences, Sport Science and Psychology. NordSleep is sponsored by NordForsk, led by the University of Eastern Finland, in collaboration with Reykjavik University and Akershus University Hospital.

The PhD student will play a key role in the digitalization part of the project, which has the goal to create a revolution in digital health in general, and personalized sleep in particular. The work includes designing and developing a database for sleep data, as well as writing papers based on the data derived from that database.

The data that goes into the database is a large-scale dataset, derived from the Icelandic and Finnish population. Moreover, the database connects to a digital platform and facinating and complex layered-modular architecture. This allows for cutting-edge research within the intersection between information systems research and sleep research. The PhD student will focus on this particular dataset and the position includes writing research papers, designing and developing the database, researching the digital platform and layered-modular architecture and acquiring novel skills and research methods with a focus on sleep researchand information systems research.

We would therefore like to hire a PhD student with a background in information systems, computer science or sleep to help us continue to develop our research focus on data-driven health in general, and digital sleep in particular. Prior knowledge in design and development of databases is favorable, but not a requirement.


Research Field
Computer science » Informatics
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent
Research Field
Engineering » Other
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent
  • A completed M.Sc. degree in Information Systems, Informatics, Computer Science, Engineering, Sleep researchor related fields.
  • Self-organised with a strong ability to work autonomously.
  • Flexible, result-oriented, willing to learn and to work in a dynamic environment with a diverse team.
  • Dynamic and communicative personality with high social competence.
  • Strong ability to communicate in English (oral and written) is essential.
  • Be located in Reykjavík, Iceland or willing to relocate to Reykjavik.
  • A possibility of a joint degree with The University of Eastern Finland

Additional Information

Selection process

All applications must be accompanied by a CV with information about previous jobs, education, references etc. It is also optional to attach a cover letter where the applicant can justify the reasons for being the right person for the job. Please include links to public software repositories with any relevant projects.

Additional comments

The funded position is project-related and, thus, temporary for 3 years. Start is by agreement in early 2023. All inquiries and applications will be treated as confidential. Any questions may be sent to Anna Sigridur Islind ( or Erna Sif Arnardóttir (


Reykjavik University (RU)

Reykjavík University has around 3.700 students and 300 faculty and employees in addition to numerous adjunct faculty in two schools: Technology and Social Sciences. We offer a welcoming and stimulating environment in which to work and live. The University is centrally located in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland.

The role of Reykjavik University is to create and disseminate knowledge to enhance the competitiveness and quality of life for individuals and society, guided by good ethics, sustainability and responsibility. Education and research at RU are based on strong ties with industry and society. We emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration, international relations and entrepreneurship.

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Reykjavík University
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