Associate Professor in Mathematics – Faculty of Physical Sciences

Benedikt Magnússon, January 27, 2015

pallas_athena_positivblueThe Faculty of Physical Sciences at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland, seeks applicants to fill a tenure-track position of Associate Professor in Mathematics.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in mathematics. Applicants should be actively engaged in high quality research in algebra or a related subject. It is expected that the successful applicant will lead research development in the field. The successful candidate is expected to teach a broad spectrum of mathematics courses to undergraduate students in mathematics and courses in mathematical analysis and linear algebra to undergraduate students in engineering. The successful candidate should take full part in the organisation and development of the mathematics programme, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are also required. The need and nature of the Faculty of Physical Sciences will be taken into account when final decision is made. The language of instruction at the University of Iceland is Icelandic. International applicants are offered courses in Icelandic.

This is a tenure-track position with an initial appointment of five years. The evaluation of academic merits will be in accordance with Icelandic Law and Rules for the University of Iceland No. 569/2009. According to the regulations of the University, the Rector may grant promotion to qualified candidates at the start of employment, to the level of Full Professor.

Salary for the position of Associate Professors will be according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers, and the Minister of Finance.

The deadline for application is March 3rd 2015. The successful applicant is expected to start the appointment in the fall 2015 or by mutual agreement.

Applicants shall include with their applications certificates attesting to their education and work experience, a list of their publications, a report on their scholarly work and other work they have carried out, and an outline of their research plans if they are offered the position. Applications must make clear which of their publications, the applicants regard as the most important regarding the advertised position (no more than eight publications should be selected). Applicants must send the most important publications with their application, or indications as to 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 expected to submit a short report on their teaching experience, perspective on university teaching and teaching objectives. References for their teaching and administrative work and 2-3 references from qualified referees regarding the applicants’ academic work shall be sent straight to the university,

Applications and accompanying documentation should preferably be submitted in electronic form by e-mail: reference nr. HI15010068. Applications and accompanying documentation that are not submitted in electronic form must be sent in duplicate to the Division of Science and Research Affairs at the University of Iceland, Main Building at Sæmundargata, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. All applications will be acknowledged and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been taken.

For further information contact Professor Rögnvaldur Möller, tel: 525-4804 or

Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.

At the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences are about 300 people employed in research and teaching. The School offers an international environment as the number of international employees and students increases each year. Currently 25% of all employees and graduate students are international. Students at the School are about 2900 in six faculties, thereof are about 340 graduate students and 150 doctorate students. Research institutes at the school are the Science Institute that divides into the Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute of Physical Sciences, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Research Institute and the Institute for Sustainability Studies which is a interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland.

The School’s mathematics group is a part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences. The group’s tasks are research in various fields of pure and applied mathematics, teaching and instruction of graduate students, teaching undergraduate students in mathematics and other subjects, especially engineering. The group plans to strengthen its research by building up a supportive and efficient research environment, developing international cooperation and increasing the number of graduate students.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institution in Iceland and is ranked  with the top 300 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

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