Research Scientist in Oceanography

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university of icelandThe Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) at the University of Iceland invites applications for a position of a senior research scientist in Oceanography. This is one of two positions in oceanography available at the University of Iceland, one at the Institute of Earth Sciences, the other at the Faculty of Earth Sciences. It is expected that one of the two positions will be in the field of physical oceanography and the other in chemical oceanography.

The new position is a part of a strategy that aims to strengthen research and teaching in oceanography at the IES and the Faculty of Earth Sciences. The successful applicant is expected to conduct a vigorous research program in oceanography but also participate in teaching undergraduate and graduate level oceanography courses. He/she, together with the successful applicant for the vacant position of Associate Professor at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, is expected to develop international collaborative research projects within his/her field of expertise with emphasis on the oceanography of the North Atlantic.


PhD in chemical or physical oceanography or related fields and postdoctoral experience is required. Good communication and collaboration skills are essential assets. The field of expertise and the research program of the successful candidate should complement the strengths of the IES and the Faculty of Earth Sciences. This is a tenure-track position with an initial appointment of five years. According to the regulations of the University, at the start of employment the Rector may grant promotion to qualified candidates, to the level of Research Associate Professor or full Research Professor.

Possible teaching by research scientists at the IES will be in accordance with rules of the Institute of Earth Sciences No. 685/2011.

The deadline for application is September 1, 2013. The successful candidate will be expected to start no later than autumn, 2014.

The evaluation of academic merits will be in accordance with Icelandic Law and Rules for the University of Iceland No. 569/2009. Salary for the position 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.

About the working environment

The Faculty of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Earth Sciences (IES;, are responsible for teaching and research in Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland. The IES, an independent unit within the Science Institute, is the main forum for academic research in Earth Sciences at the University and in Iceland. The Faculty of Earth Sciences is one of six faculties of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. The total number of academic staff at the Faculty and IES is about 30. About 250 students study geology, geophysics and geochemistry within the Faculty, one quarter of which are MS or PhD students. Scientists at IES have strong international ties, and organize and participate in a range of national and international research projects with concentrations in the fields of petrology, petrochemistry, Quaternary geology, sedimentology, physical geology and geography, aqueous geochemistry, weathering and alteration, several fields of volcanology, geophysics, deformation, seismology, glaciology and oceanography. A range of facilities for research on aqueous geochemistry, sediments and sedimentary and igneous rocks, are available at IES.

Close collaboration attested by an agreement exists between the Faculty of Earth Sciences, IES and the Marine Research Institute ( The Marine Research Institute is the largest research unit in Iceland in oceanography and conducts various researches on marine resources and the environment.

What is needed

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 works they have carried out, and an outline of their research plans if they are offered the position. Applicants must make clear which of their publications they regard as the most important relative to the advertised position (no more than eight publications should be selected) and should include copies of their 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 should account for his or her own contribution to the work. Applicants should provide the names and addresses of 3 referees who can evaluate their teaching, research, and administrative work.

It is possible to apply for both the position of Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor in a single application provided this is clearly stated in the application. If an application is only sent in for one of the two positions, a candidate cannot be considered for the other position, according to the Rules of the University of Iceland.

Applications and accompanying documentation should preferably be submitted in electronic form by e-mail: 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 Professor Jón Ólafsson (, tel.: +354 525 4800), Magnús T. Gudmundsson, Head, Faculty of Earth Sciences ( , tel.: +354 525 4800), Þóra Árnadóttir, IES Chair of board (, +354 525 4800).

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