University of Akureyri
Two Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Psychology
University of Akureyri
The University of Akureyri (Háskólinn á Akureyri) is located in North Iceland and has served Akureyri and its rural surroundings since 1987. The University has built a reputation for academic excellence and good industrial relations.
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Published: 2 months ago
Application deadline: Jun 30
Location: Akureyri, Iceland
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Two Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Psychology

The University of Akureyri advertises a vacancy for two 100% positions of assistant, associate or full professor in Psychology within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

We are looking for a specialist within any field of psychology. It is expected that the successful candidate would enter the position on January 1st 2018. The term of office is five years and after that the candidate can request a permanent position, according to Regulations no. 258/2016 on the Work of the Evaluation Committee and Hiring of Faculty at the University of Akureyri. Should the successful candidate be considered qualified as associate professor or full professor by the Evaluation Committee, a promotion can be considered on employment.

The main responsibilities are teaching and research in the various fields of psychology at the University of Akureyri. The position involves active participation in developing Ph.D. studies in the fields of education studies, youth studies, health sciences, natural sciences and management studies, or regional and arctic studies. The position also involves participation in research and development projects in collaboration with the Centre of School Development at the University of Akureyri. Should the candidate be qualified for a position as a full professor, he or she is expected to lead research projects. The immediate supervisor is the Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The job location is in Akureyri, Iceland.

The Psychology Department offers a complete undergraduate program in psychology, both locally and through distance learning. The Faculty also offers research-based graduate studies. Currently there are about 300 students in the Psychology Department. The department is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, which counts 26 Faculty Members and over 600 students.

Required education and qualifications:

  • The applicant shall hold a doctoral degree awarded by a recognized university.
  • Teaching experience at university level and research experience is essential.
  • The applicant shall demonstrate competence to teach and research in his/her area of specialization. Knowledge of other areas in psychology is also desirable.
  • It is desirable that the candidate is able to teach in Icelandic.
  • Good social skills and organizational competences are required.
  • In evaluating applications it will be considered to what extent the candidate fulfils the teaching and research needs of the University of Akureyri.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017. Applications shall be sent electronically to the Rector‘s Office, No standardized application form is used. Documents that cannot be sent electronically should be sent to the Rector‘s office at the University of Akureyri, Nordurslod 2, 600 Akureyri.

The application shall be accompanied by the following documentation:

  • A detailed account of the applicant‘s education and professional career, scientific work, and teaching experience.
  • Confirmed copies of all relevant diplomas.
  • Letters of reference concerning the applicant‘s teaching and management related work, as appropriate.
  • Three reference persons shall be designated, one of whom should preferably be the applicant‘s immediate supervisor in the present or earlier employment.
  • The scientific publications considered by the applicant to be his/her best works (up to three publications). If a publication has more than one author, the applicant shall describe his/her contribution to the work.
  • The applicant shall present his/her research plans.

Salaries are according to the collective agreement between the Union of University Teachers in Akureyri (FHA) and the Minister of Finance.

The handling of applications, assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, and appointment to the position are in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions, no. 85/2008, the Regulations for the University of Akureyri, no. 387/2009, with amendments, and the Regulations on the Work of the Evaluation Committee and Hiring of Faculty at the University of Akureyri, no. 258/2016. Incomplete applications will be rejected. The University of Akureyri asserts its right to reject all applications. All applications will be responded to, when a decision on appointment has been taken.

Detailed information will be given by Lars Gunnar Lundsten Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, phone +354 460-8651, e-mail

The University of Akureyri promotes gender equality and encourages applications from women as well as men for open positions.

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