Assistant Professor in Aquatic / Marine Food Science

The Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences in the School of Business and Science at the University of Akureyri seeks to fill a tenure-track position in the field of aquatic/marine food science. Applicants should hold expertise in the field of natural bio-resource utilization related to the aquatic environment and/or marine biotechnology and demonstrate research experience. The term of office is up to five years, after which 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.

We seek an individual with an outstanding track-record in research and a great potential for establishing and developing studies within the field of food science at the Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences, at undergraduate and graduate level. The immediate supervisor is the Head of the Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences. The job location is in Akureyri, North-Iceland.

The School of Business and Science has 26 faculty members and over 500 students, thereof twelve faculty members and around 150 students at the faculty of Natural Resource Sciences. The faculty offers an undergraduate program of 180 ECTS in fisheries science, in close collaboration with the Icelandic fisheries industry and other food industries. The undergraduate program is taught in a form of blended learning in which the teaching and learning resources are distributed across a range of media types and communication styles. The School of Business and Science also offers research-based masters and doctoral studies.

Field of work

The main responsibilities are teaching and research in fields related to aquatic food science (e.g., food chemistry, food microbiology, food quality and safety) and/or marine biotechnology, with emphasis on sustainable utilisation of marine bioresources.

Qualification requirements

  • Ph.D. degree in food microbiology or marine biotechnology awarded by a recognized university in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions, no. 85/2008
  • Teaching experience at the university level, and experience conducting scientific research, are required
  • Broad research background within the field of food microbiology or marine biotechnology
  • Cooperative skills and experience of working in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Good communicational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in the university academic environment and ability to form research relations
  • Good Icelandic language skills are an advantage and that the candidate complies to the University‘s language policy during the work term
  • Good English skills are necessary

Application process

Applicants are required to submit with their application:

  1. certificates attending to their education and work experience,
  2. curriculum vitae,
  3. a list of publications,
  4. an overview of their research and other work they have carried out,
  5. a research plan for work to be carried out in case of hiring,
  6. explanation of teaching philosophy,
  7. contact information for three persons willing to provide a reference.

Applicants must indicate which of their publications they regard as most significant with respect to the advertised position (no more than five publications should be selected). Only these most significant publications should be sent with the application (or indicate where they are accessible in electronic form). When more than one author has produced the publication, the applicant must account for his/her own contribution to the work. Applicants are also expected to include peer-evalulations of their teaching and administrative work, as appropriate.

In hiring decisions, considerations will be given to how well the applicant fits the current conditions and needs of the faculty.

Additional information

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

Selection process: 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 Higher Education Institutions No. 63/2006, the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions No. 85/2008, the Regulations for the University of Akureyri no. 387/2009 and the Regulations No. 258/2016 on the Work of the Evaluation Committee and Hiring of Faculty at the University of Akureyri. 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 the appointment has been made.

Additional comments: Detailed information will be given by Oddur Vilhelmsson, Dean of the School of Business and Sciences, e-mail:

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

Application deadline is 03.08.2021

About UNAK

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. Located in the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, the University has been instrumental in the economic growth of the region and is central in its planning for a future as a knowledge-based society.

The University of Akureyri prepares students for a wide range of opportunities in both the private and the public sectors. Education offered by the University aims at providing its graduates with specific skills and knowledge of scientific methods as well as theoretical skills that will enable them to improve their qualifications. Education and research are closely linked to achieve this, first and foremost by assigning equal importance to them in the daily work of the academic and scientific staff and whenever possible course work is based on research.

The University was founded in September 1987, by establishing two Faculties, in Health Sciences and in Industrial Management. The University is at present operating in three Schools; School of Business and Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Health Sciences. The number of students is around 2,500 and members of staff are around 200.