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Tenure-track research positions, geology, geochemistry, geophysics

Institute of Earth Sciences, Science Institute, University of Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland
Closing date
Jul 22, 2022

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Geochemistry, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Seismology
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Institution: Institute of Earth Sciences, Science Institute, University of Iceland
Open Until: 2022-08-02

The Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) invites applications for tenure-track research positions in isotope geochemistry, Quaternary geology, and geophysics, with a specialization in seismology. IES is an independent branch of the Science Institute at the University of Iceland and the centre of academic research in Earth sciences within Iceland. Scientists at the IES have strong international ties and organize and participate in a range of national and international research projects. Further information about the institute can be found at:



  • Ph.D. degree, expertise and research background within the advertised fields of specialization. 
  • Experience in leading research projects and obtaining research grants 
  • Collaboration experience, working in cross-disciplinary teams and ability to form research relations 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills



Geochemistry: The scientist will join the geochemistry group at IES and is expected to conduct world-class research in isotope geochemistry with research focus related to geochemistry of the Earth's surface, petrology and/or mineralogy. The successful candidate is expected to participate in leading, constructing and maintaining relevant geochemical facilities, develop models for geochemical processes, and attract funding for future research. Laboratories overseen by the geochemistry group include a class 10,000 clean laboratory, gas and plasma source mass-spectrometers (IRMS, ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS), laser-based CRDS isotope analyzers, EPMA, SEM, Raman, FTIR, various microscopes and experimental laboratories.

Geology: The successful candidate is expected to conduct high-quality research in the field of Quaternary Geology with emphasis on the development of climate and environmental change in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. The Quaternary with focus on glacial geology and paleoclimate has been an integral part of geological research at the University of Iceland over 50 years and our goal is to maintain and further develop a strong platform.

Geophysics: The scientist will join the solid earth geophysics group at the University of Iceland and is expected to run a state-of-the-art research program in seismology with emphasis on Iceland and neighboring regions. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, earthquake seismology, inverse methods, active seismics, crustal and mantle structure, seismotectonics, seismological monitoring of volcanoes, earthquake prediction. 

The institute seeks candidates with a strong international research profile, demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration and a motivation to advance the analytical potential of the institute's research infrastructure. Selected candidates are expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program which incorporates the supervision of graduate students, at both the Master's and PhD level. Other supervision and teaching within the Faculty of Earth Sciences (School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, is negotiable, in accordance with rules of the Science Institute (nr. 685/2011). 

Tentative starting date is January 1st 2023. 

Applicants are required to submit the following documents with their application: 

  1. Cover letter stating how the applicant meets the qualification requirements 
  2. Certificates of education 
  3. Curriculum Vitae 
  4. List of publications 
  5. Report on scholarly work and other work they carried out 
  6. Outline of proposed research plan, if hired 
  7. Contact information for three referees willing to provide a reference 



Applicants must list up to eight of their most important publications and include a copy of these publications with the application or indicate where they can be accessed electronically. Applicants must include an account of their contribution to publications with multiple authors.


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Applications and accompanying documents, which are not submitted in electronic form, must be sent in duplicate to the Division of Science and Innovation, University of Iceland, Main Building, Sæmundargata 2, 102 Reykjavík, Iceland. 


The hiring process will focus on identifying candidates who are best suited to the circumstances and needs of the Institute of Earth Sciences. 


For further information please contact Bryndís Brandsdóttir chair ( , Sandra Mjöll Jónsdóttir, managing director ( or Ingibjörg Óðinsdóttir, human resource manager (


Successful candidates 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. 

All applications will be answered, and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications are stored for six months after the application deadline. 

Appointments are based on the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland. The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy



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