Research Specialist in Mathematics or Mathematical Physics at The Science Institute

Benedikt Magnússon, November 22, 2015

The Mathematics Division at the Science Institute seeks applicants to fill a full Research Specialist position in the area of mathematics or mathematical physics.

The Research Specialist is expected to conduct research in mathematics or mathematical physics. Applicants must have a strong research background in one or both of the above-mentioned fields. It will be taken into consideration how well the applicants research fits with the areas emphasized by the Mathematics Division.

Teaching is not a mandatory part of the position, however possible teaching at the Faculty of Physical Sciences by Research Specialists at the Science Institute is in accordance with rules no. 685/2011 of the Science Institute, University of Iceland.

Applicants should have a doctorate in mathematics or mathematical physics. It is preferred, at the commencement of the appointment that no more than 5 years have passed from obtaining the doctorate degree. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.

The deadline for application is January 4th 2016. The successful applicant is expected to start the appointment no later than August 1st 2016 or by agreement. The position is for two years with the possibility of an extension for one year.

Applications and accompanying documents should preferably be submitted by email: marked: HI15110120. Applicants should submit certificates attesting to their education and work experience, a list of their publications, a report on their research and other work they have carried out, and an outline of their research plans if they are offered the position. 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 the 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 references for their teaching and administrative work, as appropriate.

Applications and accompanying documentation that are not submitted in electronic form must be sent in duplicate to the Division of Science and Innovation at the University of Iceland, Main Building at Sæmundargata 2, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. All applications will be acknowledged and applicants will be informed of the appointment when a decision has been taken.

The evaluation of academic merits will be in accordance with Icelandic law and the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009.

The salary for the position will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers and the Minister of Finance.

For further information contact Professor Jón Ingólfur Magnússon tel: 00354-525-4731 or

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