Ph.D. position at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    University of Iceland
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    07/06/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Iceland › Reykjavík


The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering seeks applicants to fill a Ph.D. student position for 3 years for the project Carbon Sink Cities (CSC).

Research unit: CSC provides an excellent opportunity to produce a dissertation while working with important themes as a member of an inspiring research team of high-performing academics. In addition to the dissertation, the doctoral candidate will get to produce novel scientific evidence of issues with high societal relevance. The research group includes 5 other PhD students and ~10 researchers overall focusing on different aspects of sustainability in the built environment. Depending on their background and interests, the successful candidate will place to the Environmental studies doctoral program or to the Environmental engineering doctoral program.

Project background: Currently the built environment is a huge source of emissions, but it should rapidly transform into a big carbon sink and storage. In present, almost all construction uses synthetic materials with high emission intensities: concrete, steel, asphalt, glass, aluminum and so on. In the main projections to remain under 1.5 degrees warming the only option is to reach below zero emissions overall, and this is unlikely to happen if there is no deep and rapid transformation in the built environment sector. Changing the built environment from a source to a sink is a realistic possibility, but requires a major paradigm shift. The built environment should in just 10-20 years become first carbon neutral and then a huge carbon storage by growing the construction materials, and then storing the carbon in built environment structures.

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Selection process

The Ph.D. student position is for 3 years and the expected starting date is 1.8.2021.

The application shall include, written in English i) a letter of motivation, ii) CV, iii) degree certificates and study transcripts (BS and MSc degree), iv) two reference letters.

All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications are valid in the system for 6 months after the application deadline.

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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.

Offer Requirements


  • MSc degree in architecture, engineering, economics, ecological sciences, planning or from another relevant field.
  • Knowledge about environmental assessments are considered assets.
  • Skills in statistics and mathematical modeling are also valued.
  • Independence and strong communication skills.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

The selected candidate must send a formal application for PhD studentship at the University of Iceland and the position is contingent on acceptance into the Ph.D. program.

Work location(s)
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University of Iceland
Sæmundargata 6

EURAXESS offer ID: 644319


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