Research Specialist in geology or geophysics, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland

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    University of Iceland
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    17/08/2020 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Iceland › Reykjavík


The Institute of Earth Sciences (IES), University of Iceland seeks a research specialist to fill a tenure-track position in Earth Sciences, with expertise and research experience in paleomagnetism and paleomagnetic measurements. Applications from researchers specializing in structural geology and tectonics will also be considered.

The lavas of Iceland present a unique opportunity to further our understanding of the evolution of Earth’s magnetic field over a variety of timescales and the use of palaeomagnetism is essential for dating and untangling the buildup of the Icelandic lava pile. Magnetic methods also lend themselves to understanding a range of geological problems on Iceland, including tectonic and climate studies. The Institute of Earth Sciences holds a unique data set from previous research on the lava pile of Iceland by paleomagnetic measurements. There is interest in strengthing research in this and related fields by seeking applicants with expertise and experience in one of the fields mentioned above.

The position involves leading and maintaining the newly refurbished palaeomagnetism laboratory, which includes an AGICO JR6 spinner magnetometer, AGICO LDA5/PAM, AGICO KLY-3 with high and low temperature adapters, Magnetic Measurements thermal demagnetizer, and ZH Instruments variable field/frequency susceptibility meter. Field work is an essential part of the position and the development of a field-based research program is expected. The selected candidate is expected to develop a research program that seeks external funding and incorporates the supervision of graduate students, at both the Master’s and PhD level. Other supervison and teaching within the Faculty of Earth Sciences (School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, https://english.hi.is/faculty_of_earth_sciences) is negotiable, in accordance with rules of the Science Institute (nr. 685/2011).

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Selection process

The successful applicant is expected to start the appointment in the beginning of 2021, although no sooner than the committees handling the hiring process have concluded their work.

The initial appointment will be for five years with a possibility of a permanent contract at the end of this period, cf. paragraph 3, Article 31 of the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009. Processing of applications, evaluation of applicants' competence and hiring shall be in accordance with the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions no. 85/2008 and the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009. In accordance with Article 38 of the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009, the rector may promote a new employee to the position of research scholar or research scientist if the individual in question meets requirements.


Applicants should submit with their application 1) certificates attesting to their education and work experience, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) a list of publications, 4) a two-page overview on their research and other work they have carried out, 5) a two-page research plan for the first five years over the position, and 6) contact information on three possible referees who can evaluate their research, and when appropriate their teaching and administrative work. 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.

Applications and documents not submitted online shall be submitted in duplicate to the University of Iceland Division of Science and Innovation, Sæmundargata 6, 101 Reykjavík.

All applications will be answered, and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months.

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

The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.

Additional comments

The University of Iceland is a growing community of knowledge and is a very dynamic and interesting workplace. Our values are academic freedom, professionalism and equality. The University strives to provide flexibility and encourages participation in the progression of the studies and research in all fields within the realm of the University. The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs ca. 390 people involved with teaching and research. 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. The school has around 2000 students and numerous graduate students. The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences is proud of its’ diversity and reform-minded environment where knowledge acquisition and sharing is paramount.

The Institute of Earth Sciences is an independent branch of the Science Institute at the University of Iceland. The Science Institute was established in 1966 as a dedicated research unit of the University of Iceland. The Institute of Earth Sciences is the centre of academic research in Earth sciences at the university and within Iceland. The institute provides research facilities for academic staff, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Scientists at the IES have strong international ties, and organize and participate in a range of national and international research projects. Further information about the institute can be found at: http://earthice.hi.is/

Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • Ph.D. degree in geophysics or geology
  • Strong research background in one or more of the above-mentioned fields
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are required
  • Knowledge of university environment and skills to form research relations

In hiring decisions, considerations will be given to how well the applicant fits the current conditions and needs of the institute.

Work location(s)
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University of Iceland
Sæmundargata 6

EURAXESS offer ID: 534054


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