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Chair of the Department of Computer Science

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Job Information

Reykjavik University
Computer Science
Research Field
Computer science
Researcher Profile
Leading Researcher (R4)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Reykjavik University seeks an ambitious academic leader to carry on the development of its growing Department of Computer Science. The department chair is responsible for administrative affairs and the faculty’s academic agenda. The chair reports to the Dean of the School of Technology, as well as being a member of the university‘s Executive Committee.


Main tasks and responsibilities

  • To formulate a future vision and strategy for the Department in context with the strategy of the University and other Departments
  • Management of the Department and dissemination of information to staff members and students
  • Responsibility for the Department's administrative affairs in accordance with the strategy of Reykjavik University and ensuring the participation of academic personnel and students in the Department's administration
  • Follow-up on the organizational and operating rules for the Department
  • Preparation of a budget for the Department, in consultation with the Dean of the School of Technology
  • Hiring of permanent employees and organization of the Department's teaching, in consultation with the Dean of the School of Technology
  • To ensure that study programs continue to be in accordance with the National Qualification Framework for higher education
  • Preparation and publication of the course catalog for the Department and regular review and updating of study programs in accordance with the needs of the professional community and similar study programs abroad
  • Responsibility for the annual internal quality assessment of the Department and organizing and participating in the Department's external review according to the criteria of the Quality Board for Higher Education

We seek candidates who have the following strengths:

  • Academic leadership experience
  • An ambitious strategic vision and the ability to shape and lead a team of faculty members and staff
  • Excellent teaching and research experience
  • International experience and a strong network of international collaborations
  • A doctorate in computer science or related subjects


Research Field
Computer science
Education Level
PhD or equivalent
Research Field
Computer science

Additional Information

Selection process

For further information, please contact Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir, Acting Dean of Technology (, or Ester Gústavsdóttir, Human Resources Director ( Inquiries and applications will be treated as confidential.

Applications must be submitted by February 26th, 2023, with a CV with a complete list of publications, a cover letter, and at least three recommendations. Applicants are also asked to include their vision for the development of the Department of Computer Science over the coming five years. Applications should be submitted through the RU job application portal.

Additional comments

About the Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Reykjavik University is research-intensive and carries out research-based teaching in all its degree programs. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering, a combined undergraduate program in Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science, two graduate programs in Data Science, and one in Artificial Intelligence and Language Technologies. From the autumn semester of 2023, the department will also offer an MSc in Digital Health. At the time of writing, it is home to 26 faculty members, seven women, five postdoctoral researchers, and 32 Ph.D. students representing over 20 different countries. In 2022, the department had 740 students registered for its BSc and MSc programs. The department provides an excellent working environment in which a motivated academic can impact at all levels and has a career-development framework that encourages and  supports independence in academic endeavors. The department is home to several research centers producing high-quality collaborative research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data science, financial technology, information systems, language technology, software systems, and theoretical computer science, among others; for more information on those research centers, see:

The external review panel of a formative research evaluation review of the department carried out in November 2022 stated that the panel was “...pleased and impressed to find that a department which is very young in international terms has succeeded in establishing itself as an internationally competitive hub for Computer Science research.” For further information about the Department of Computer Science at Reykjavik University and its activities, see:


Reykjavík University

Reykjavik University aims to create an international workplace that celebrates diversity and is characterized by respect for the individual. Equal opportunities for progression and salaries are essential values at RU. The university has seven departments: Business Administration, Law, Psychology, Sport Science, Computer Science, Engineering, and Applied Engineering. Education and research at RU are based on strong ties with industry and society. We emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration, international relations, and entrepreneurship. Currently, Reykjavik University has around 3.700 students and 300 faculty and employees, and numerous adjunct faculty.

On the Times Higher Education rankings for 2023, Reykjavik University is ranked among the 350 best universities worldwide, first among Icelandic universities, and 18th among Nordic ones. Moreover, it was ranked 12th amongst the best small universities in the Times Higher Education rankings 2022, when it was in first place along with eight other universities for the average number of citations per faculty, and 53rd amongst all universities established fewer than 50 years ago.

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Reykjavík University
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