Vacant position for an Assistant Professor in Vocational studies gerontology- and home-care nursing for licensed practical nurses

Vacant position for an Assistant Professor in Vocational studies gerontology- and home-care nursing for licensed practical nurses within the School of Health Sciences, University of Akureyri, Iceland.

The University of Akureyri, Iceland seeks to fill a full-time tenure track position for Assistant Professor in Vocational studies for licensed practical nurses. A part time position is also a possibility. The position is divided into three main sections: teaching, research, and management within the vocational studies. The immediate supervisor will be the Programme director. The job location is in Akureyri, Iceland.

The intended start date for the positions is the 1st of August 2022. The initial term of the position is five years, after which the candidate can request a permanent position, in line with regulation 257/2016 regarding recruitment and employment of academic staff at the University of Akureyri. Eligibility for employment at the level of Associate or full Professor will be considered as part of the hiring process, in accordance with official criteria for promotion at Icelandic universities.

The School of Health Science has 35 academic employees and approximately 700 graduate and undergraduate students. The school is organized into the Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Occupational Therapy and Faculty of Graduate Studies which Vocational studies for licensed practical nurses there within.
The aim of the program is to educate licensed practical nurses for diverse jobs in the health service sector, by providing additional studies at university level in different specializations. The main emphasis of the program is on improving clinical skills, strengthening the professionalism of licensed practical nurses as well as increasing their education, communications and management skills. The purpose is to educate licensed practical nurses for jobs within the health and welfare services and to broaden their employment opportunities within and outside the health care system. This is a 60 (ECTS) vocational undergraduate program for a diploma in specialized fields of study. The special fields are gerontology- and home-care nursing (beginning fall of 2021) and later (beginning fall 2022) Social-nursing with emphasize on mental- and rehabilitation nursing. More information about the program is available on our webpage.

Akureyri is a vibrant town of just over 20,000 people in the north-eastern region of Iceland. It is five hours drive from Reykjavik, and there are frequent daily scheduled domestic flights. It serves as the cultural, educational, and industrial centre of the country’s North, and is the second-most populated area after the Reykjavík metropolitan region. Akureyri is located on the scenic Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord, and enjoys a mild and warm summer, but a cool and crisp winter, and opportunities for year-round outdoor activities. For more information, visit Akureyri webpage.

Required education and qualifications

  • Doctoral degree from a recognised university.
  • Education and experience in accordance with international criteria for the relevant position, confirmed by the evaluation committee.
  • Teaching experience at a university level and experience in conducting scientific research are required.
  • Experience of participating in interdisciplinary teamwork is an advantage.
  • Good communication and organisational skills are required.
  • The successful applicant is required to teach and communicate with departmental staff and students in Icelandic or English.

The deadline for applications is March 8th, 2022.

Applications should include:

  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, including an account of the applicant’s education, employment history, research, list of publications, and teaching background.
  • An account of the applicant’s research plan.
  • Copies of official transcripts of all applicable certificates in Icelandic or English.
  • Evidence of work experience.
  • Confirmation of valid professional licence.
  • Information regarding the applicant’s teaching and administrative experience.
  • Contact details for three referees, one of whom should ideally be the applicant’s current or prior immediate superior.
  • Publications reflecting the applicant’s most important research project (up to five publications). In the case of multi-author papers, the applicant should clearly outline their contribution to the work.

Please make sure that all these documents are in English.

The extent to which the applicant’s skill set and experience fits the faculty’s teaching and research needs will be heavily weighted when evaluating applications. The salary will be in accordance with the collective agreement between the UNAK Faculty Union (FHA) and the Ministry of Finance.

The processing of applications, assessment of the qualifications of applicants and appointment to the position are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Higher Education Institutions No. 63/2006, Public Higher Education Institutions No. 85/2008, and regulations of the University of Akureyri No. 387/2009 (amended), and 258/2016 on the work of the selection committee and the recruitment of academic faculty at the University of Akureyri. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The University of Akureyri reserves the right to reject any applications. The application can be valid for six months after the application deadline. All applicants will be informed when a decision on recruitment has been made.

The University of Akureyri has a special Language Policy.

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

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