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Assistant Professor in Geology – Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland

The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Geology.

The new position of Assistant Professor in Geology, funded by the University of Iceland Anniversary Fund, is a part of a strategy that aims to strengthen basic research and teaching in Earth Sciences.  The successful applicant is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level geology courses and to pursue a vigorous research program.  Applicants with expertise in structural geology/tectonics, stratigraphy, petrology and/or mineralogy are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate is expected to develop international collaborative research projects within his/her field of expertise.


PhD in Earth Science is required; applicants with some postdoctoral experience are preferred.  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 Faculty and the Institute of Earth Sciences (IES).  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 Associate or full Professor.

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.

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 proposed 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 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.

Applications and accompanying documentation should preferably be submitted in electronic form by e-mail: bmz@hi.is. 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 Magnús T. Gudmundsson, Head, Faculty of Earth Sciences, email mtg@hi.is and Professor Áslaug Geirsdóttir, email age@hi.is.

About the working environment

The Faculty of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Earth Sciences (IES; http://www.hi.is/jardvisindadeild/forsida, http://www.earthice.hi.is) 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. 

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