Assistant Professor in zoology of invertebrates at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland

    University of Iceland
    Biological sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    12/10/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
    Iceland › Reykjavík
    40 hour per week


The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iceland seeks applications for the position of assistant professor in invertebrate zoology. The assistant professor is expected to conduct innovative and independent research focusing on invertebrate biology. The assistant professor is also expected to supervise and teach a course on invertebrate biology at the Bachelor level and participate in or develop courses in her/his area of specialty at Bachelor and/or master’s level. In addition to research and teaching, the successful applicant is expected to supervise MS and PhD students, attract third-party funding for research, and participate in departmental activities and development. This is a tenure-track position with an initial appointment of five years. A successful applicant with suitable qualifications is eligible to apply for promotion to associate or full professorship upon appointment.


  • A Ph.D. degree in biology.
  • An excellent record of research in invertebrate biology, considering the applicant’s academic age.
  • Substantial teaching experience and motivation for teaching development.
  • Initiative and organization skills will benefit the applicant.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

The hiring process will seek to identify candidates who best fit the needs and requirements of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Please include the following in the application: a cover letter, CV, list of publications and a concise description of proposed research, and teaching philosophy. The applicants should identify their most significant publications (up to eight publications) and submit a copy of each publication as a pdf file; for papers with multiple authors, the applicants should account for their own contribution to the work. The applicant must supply the name and contact information of three persons willing to provide a reference. 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.

The successful candidate will be hired for five years with the 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 senior lecturer or professor if the individual in question meets requirements.

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.

This is a full-time position on a tenure track

Application deadline is until the 12.10.2020

This is a 100% position and the starting date is no later than 1 February 2021.

For further information, contact Arnar Pálsson, head of the Department of Biology, telephone: +354 525 4265, electronic mail: apalsson@hi.is.

Salary and other benefits are according to the collective agreement between the Association of University Teachers and the Ministry of Finance.


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