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Available position: Full-time position for a tenure-track faculty member at the Department of Psychology

Háskólinn á Akureyri (Mynd: Auðunn Níelsson)

The University of Akureyri advertises a vacant full-time position for a tenure-track faculty member at the Department of Psychology, within the School of Social Sciences.

The University of Akureyri invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology. Applicants qualified at the Associate or full Professor levels are also encouraged to apply. We are looking for an academic specialising in any subfield of psychology, but with preference given to candidates in the areas of clinical and/or developmental psychology. Applicants should have a strong research record, or potential for establishing such a record.

Intended starting date for the position is the 1st of December, 2019. The term of office is up to five years, 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. A promotion can be considered on employment should the successful candidate be considered qualified as associate professor or full professor by the Evaluation Committee.

The primary responsibilities of the person selected for the position are teaching and research in the specified subfields of psychology. Their immediate superior is the head of the Faculty of Psychology. The job location is in Akureyri, North-Iceland.

All studies in psychology are taught in both on-campus and distance learning formats. There are approximately 330 students currently enrolled in degrees in psychology and the faculty is part of the School of Social Sciences. The faculty at the department of psychology conduct research in the fields of neuroscience, cognition and perception, behavioral analysis, psychometrics, adolescent research, as well as interdisciplinary research within UNAK and in collaboration with international partners.

Required education and qualifications

  • The applicant shall possess knowledge and experience in accordance with international criteria for the relevant position, as confirmed by the opinion of the evaluation committee or by a doctoral degree in psychology awarded by a recognized higher education institution.
  • Teaching experience at university level, and experience conducting scientific research, are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and conduct research in the specified subfields of psychology is required. Knowledge and teaching experience in other areas of psychology is also desirable.
  • Permission to practice as a psychologist within Iceland, issued by the Directorate of Health, is an advantage.
  • Good communication and organizational skills are required.
  • The extent to which the applicant’s experience fits the faculty’s teaching and research needs will be taken into account when evaluating applications.
  • Good Icelandic language skills are an advantage.

The application shall be accompanied by the following documentation

  • A comprehensive account of the applicant’s studies and employment history, including research and teaching background.
  • Official transcripts of all applicable diplomas.
  • Information regarding the applicant’s teaching and administrative experience.
  • Contact details for three referees, one of whom should be the applicant’s current or immediately previous superior.
  • Up to three publications reflecting the applicant’s best research. In the case of multi-author papers, the applicant should clearly outline their contribution to the work.
  • An account of the applicant’s research plan, should they be successful in obtaining the position.

Applications will be accepted through September 1st, 2019

Applications and additional documents shall be sent electronically to the Rector’s office at No standardized application form is used.

Salary will be in accordance with the collective agreement between the Union of University Teachers in Akureyri (FHA) and the Minister of Finance.

The processing of applications, assessment of applicants’ qualifications, and selection are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Higher Education Institutions No. 63/2006, the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions 85/2008, the Regulations of 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 not be considered. The University of Akureyri reserves the right to reject all applications. All applicants will be informed when a decision on recruitment has been made.

For further information

Please contact Elín Díanna Gunnarsdóttir, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, email:

The University of Akureyri promotes gender equality and encourages all eligible candidates to apply for all vacancies.

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