2020- Job: UIceland.MarBio.FishEvol

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iceland seeks engaging and motivated applicants for a position of assistant professor in Marine Biology, Fish biology or Fisheries Sciences.
Field of work: The assistant professor is expected to develop courses in marine and fisheries science at the Bachelor level and participate in a joint Master program with the Marine and freshwater Institute in Iceland and to conduct research in this area of science. This is a tenure-track position with an option of an appointment of five years. A successful applicant with sufficient qualifications is eligible to apply for promotion to associate or full professorship upon appointment. In addition to research, the successful applicant is expected to supervise MSc and PhD students, attract third-party funding, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and participate actively in departmental activities.

Qualification requirements
– A Ph.D. degree in marine sciences, fish biology, fisheries sciences or
a closely related field
– An excellent record of research, according to the applicant’s
academic age
– Substantial teaching experience and motivation for teaching
– Organizational skills is a crucial advantage
– Strong communication and interpersonal skills
– Proficiency in written and spoken English

The hiring process will focus on identifying candidates who are best suited to the circumstances and needs of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences.
Application process: Please include the following with the application:
a copy of the PhD certificate, a CV, a list of publications, a teaching statement, and an outline of research plans. Applicants are expected to name three persons who are willing to give references about their research and/or teaching. Additionally, applicants should select up to eight of their publications which they regard as most relevant to their application, provide either copies of those articles or information about electronic access, and describe their contribution to multi-author publications.

Applications and documents not submitted online shall be submitted in duplicate to the University of Iceland Division of Science and Innovation, Sæmundargata 6, 101 Reykjavík.

The successful candidate will be hired for five years with the possibility of a permanent contract at the end of this period, cf. paragraph 3, Article 31 of the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009.

Processing of applications, evaluation of applicants’ competence and hiring shall be in accordance with the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions no. 85/2008 and the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009. In accordance with Article 38 of the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009, the rector may promote a new employee to the position of senior lecturer or professor if the individual in question meets requirements.

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

All applications will be answered, and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months.

Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy<http://english.hi.is/university/equal_rights_policy> of the University of Iceland.


The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy<http://english.hi.is/university/university_iceland_language_policy>.


For further information, contact Arnar Pálsson, head of the Department of Biology, +354 5254265, apalsson@hi.is<mailto:apalsson@hi.is>.

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 teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

Application deadline

The application deadline is March 19th 2020 and the starting date is no later than 1 July 2020, but no sooner than the work of the committees handling the hiring process is finished.


Arnar Palsson – Professor in Bioinformatics Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences University of Iceland Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Tel: +(354) 525 4265
Fax: +(354) 525 4632
E-mail: apalsson@hi.is<mailto:apalsson@hi.is>