Associate Professor in Oceanography at The Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland

    University of Iceland
    Environmental scienceEarth science
    Environmental scienceWater science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    25/09/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
    Iceland › Reykjavík
    40 hours per week

The Faculty of Earth Sciences (FES) in the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland seeks an oceanographer to fill a tenure-track position in oceanography, with expertise in chemical or physical oceanography. This position is a part of a strategy that aims to strengthen research and teaching in oceanography

Field of work

The position includes teaching undergraduate and graduate level oceanography courses and to pursue a vigorous research program. The candidate is expected to develop international collaborative research projects within their field of expertise with emphasis on North Atlantic oceanography. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the work of a new Danish-Icelandic research center on ocean, climate and society (see e.g.,.: https://www.carlsbergfondet.dk/en/News/News-from-the-Foundation/News/The-Carlsberg-Foundation-pays-tribute-to-Queen-Margrethe-and-Vigdis-Finnbogadottir.)

Qualification requirements

• Ph.D. degree in chemical or physical oceanography

• Broad research background within oceanography

• Demonstrated ability to lead large-scale research projects

• Cooperative skills and experience of working in cross-disciplinary teams

• Good communicational- and interpersonal skills

• Experience in the university academic environment and ability to form research relations

Application process

The successful applicant’s starting date is according to agreement or the 1st of March 2021.

Applicants are required to submit with their application 1) certificates attending 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 research plan for work to be carried out in case of hiring, and 6) contact information for 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. Applicants are also expected to include peer-evaluations of their teaching and administrative work, as appropriate. 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.

In hiring decisions, considerations will be given to how well the applicant fits the current conditions and needs of the faculty. 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 full professor if the individual in question meets requirements.

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.

Further Information

The professor will be based at the Institute of Earth Sciences where academic staff, early stage researchers including graduate students conduct national and international research projects in diverse fields of earth sciences, including petrology, petrochemistry, quaternary geology, sedimentology, physical geology and geography, aqueous geochemistry, weathering and alteration, several fields of volcanology, geophysics, deformation, seismology, glaciology and oceanography. A range of facilities for research on aqueous geochemistry, sediments and sedimentary and igneous rocks, are available at IES.

Close collaboration attested by agreements exists between University of Iceland and the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (https://www.hafogvatn.is/en). The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute is a governmental institute and the largest research unit in Iceland in oceanography. It operates research vessels and conducts research on marine resources and the environment.

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.

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 application deadline is September 25, 2020.


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