Research Specialist in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at the Division of Physics at the...

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Nov 2021

The Division of Physics at the Science Institute, University of Iceland seeks applicants to fill a research specialist position in experimental condensed matter physics.

Field of work

The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program. The Division of Physics operates the University of Iceland Nanotechnology and Materials Science Centre ( ) and participates in the Roadmap for Materials Science- and Engineering (funded by the Icelandic Infrastructure fund) on building up research infrastructure in Materials Science and Nanotechnology.

Qualification requirements
  • A Ph.D. degree in physics or a related field.
  • Strong international research activity.
  • Experience in obtaining funding for infrastructure and research.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Experience with advising Ph.D. students is desirable.

The Division of Physics has a strong research program in amorphous, polycrystalline and single crystal thin films. The hiring process will focus on identifying candidates who are best suited to the circumstances and needs of the Faculty of Physical Sciences.

Application process

The tentative starting date is February 1st  2022.

For further information please contact Ingibjörg Óðinsdóttir, HR manager ( ).

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

  • Cover letter which i.a. states how the applicant meets the qualification requirements 
  • Certificates attesting to their education
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • List of publications 
  • A report on scientific research and other work they have carried out
  • A concise sescription of proposed research and teaching philosophy 
  • Contact Information for possible referees that can be contacted
  • Applicants must clearly indicate which of their publications they regard as most significant with respect to the advertised position (no more than eight publications should be selected). Applicants must send only these most significant publications with their application or indicate where they are accessible in electronic form. When more than one author has produced a publication, the applicant must account for his or her own contribution to the work. Applications and documents not submitted online shall be submitted in duplicate to the University of Iceland, Division of Science and Innovation, Sæmundargata 2, 101 Reykjavík.

    The initial appointment will be for five years with a 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 research scholar or research scientist if the individual in question meets requirements.

    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 of the University of Iceland.  

    The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.

    The University of Iceland is a growing community of knowledge and is a very dynamic and interesting workplace. Our values are academic freedom, professionalism and equality. The University strives to provide flexibility and encourages participation in the progression of the studies and research in all fields within the realm of the University. 

    The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs ca. 390 people involved with teaching and research. 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.

    The school has around 2000 students and at the Faculty of Physical Sciences there are approximately 400 students that study chemistry, physics and mathematics. Thereof are about 60 graduate students, both MSc and PhD. The academic staff totals over 40 individuals, teachers and research scientists at the Institute of Physical Sciences, which provides research facilities for faculty members, scientists and graduate students in chemistry, mathematics and physics.

    More information about the University of Iceland can be found here

    Application deadline

    Application deadline is 16.11.2021

    For further information contact

    Snorri Þorgeir Ingvarsson

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