Phd positions in theoretical high-energy physics

The Science Institute, University of Iceland, invites applications for up to three PhD positions in theoretical high-energy physics.

 Field of work

 The successful candidates will join a research group engaged in frontline research at the intersection between quantum field theory and gravitational theory in the Mathematics Division of the Science Institute. The research is funded in part by a Grant of Excellence recently awarded to the project “Quantum Fields and Quantum Geometry” by the Icelandic Research Fund.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree, or equivalent, in Theoretical Physics or Mathematics. Applicants who will receive the degree by the Fall of 2022, will be also considered.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Good cooperative and social skills.
  • Ability to work independently.


The successful candidates will have to apply for doctoral studies at the University of Iceland and be accepted before taking up their positions.


Application process


The PhD positions are for three years starting in Fall 2022 with a possible extention to a fourth year subject to the availability of funding.


On-line applications only. Please submit your application through Academic Jobs Online at


Please include a one-page cover letter describing your research interests in relation to this position.


The application must also include:

  1. i) a CV,
  2. ii) certificates of education, including transcripts with grades for both BSc and MSc degrees,

iii) recommendation letters from two experts who are familiar with the candidate.


The experts will be asked to submit their recommendations directly via Academic Jobs Online.


All applicants will be notified of the employment decision, when a decision has been made. Applications are valid for six months beyond the application deadline.


Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland. The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.

The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs approximately 360 people in academic positions. 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. There are around 2900 students at the School, divided into six faculties, including approximately 350 MS 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 institution for teaching, research and science in Iceland and is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

More information about the University of Iceland can be found here.

Further information:

For further information, please contact Professor Lárus Thorlacius at

Application deadline:

The application deadline is March 15, 2022.