Research Specialist in Mathematics at the Science Institute, University of Iceland

Sigurður Örn Stefánsson, March 21, 2017

Applications are invited for the full position of Research Scientist in Mathematics at the Mathematics Division of the Science Institute, University of Iceland.

The Mathematics division of the Science Institute is the forum for research in mathematics, pure and applied. Mathematicians at the University of Iceland also teach and supervise graduate students in various branches of mathematics and teach undergraduate students. The future aims of the group are to increase the research output, both in quantity and quality, and to seek more outside grants, to support collaboration with other mathematicians and to enable the group to hire more post-docs and graduate students.

The candidate is expected to conduct research in mathematics. The appointee’s participation in teaching will be a matter of agreement but teaching will only be a small part of the workload. The appointment is temporary for two years from September 1st, 2017, or by agreement, with a possibility of an extension of one year.

Candidates must have completed a doctorate in mathematics at the commencement of the appointment. It is desirable that no more than five years have elapsed from the appointee’s completion of a doctorate to the commencement of the appointment.
Consideration will be taken of how well the applicant’s research fits with the principal research areas of the mathematics division. (See the website The evaluation of academic merits will be in accordance with Icelandic law and the Regulation for the University Of Iceland No. 569/2009.

The deadline for applications is April 17th 2017.

Applications and accompanying documentation should be submitted in electronic form by e-mail to:, marked in the subject line: HI17030010. Applicants should submit with their application 1) certificates attesting to their education and work experience, 2) an academic Curriculum Vitae, 3) a list of publications, 4) a report on their research and other work they have carried out, 5) a description of their research plans if they are offered the position, and 6) contact information on three possible referees. 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 only these 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 peer-evaluations of 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 Research Affairs at the University of Iceland, Main Building at Sudurgata, 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 the Head of Mathematics Division, Professor Jón Ingólfur Magnússon,

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

The University of Iceland applies its equal opportunity policy to all appointments.

The University of Iceland enjoys an international reputation as a research and educational institution. More than 14,000 students are registered at the University of Iceland and around 1,300 permanent members of staff are employed by the University.
The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences is one of the five Schools that make up the University of Iceland. The School offers Bachelor and postgraduate degrees in all major fields of engineering and natural sciences. The Science Institute of the University of Iceland is a center for research in mathematics, chemistry, physics and earth sciences.

At the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences 360 people are employed in research and teaching. The School offers an international environment, with the number of international employees and students increasing each year. Currently 25% of all employees and postgraduate students are international. There are around 2300 students at the School, divided into six faculties, thereof are 350 graduate students and 150 doctoral 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 an interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.