Open positions: Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology

The University of Akureyri advertises a vacant full-time position for an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, within the School of Social Sciences.

We seek academics specialising in developmental, social, or educational psychology. We particularly welcome applications from candidates whose work has an applied focus within one of these domains, and those with a strong background in research methods.

Intended starting date for the position is as soon as possible or the 1st of August, 2022 at the latest. The initial term of the contract is 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.

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 Faculty member will be based in Akureyri, north-eastern Iceland.

All studies in psychology are taught in a flexible learning  format. There are approximately 300 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, applied behaviour analysis, psychometrics, clinical psychology, sport psychology, as well as interdisciplinary research within UNAK and in collaboration with international partners.

Required education and qualification:

  • Knowledge and experience in accordance with international criteria for the relevant position, certified by a doctoral degree in psychology from a recognised university, are required.
  • Teaching experience at the 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, Iceland, is an advantage.
  • Good communication and organisational skills are required.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The deadline for applications is the 22nd of October.

Applications should include:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae including an account of the applicant’s studies, employment history, 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 ideally 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.

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 applicants’ qualifications, and selection are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Public Higher Education Institutions Act 85/2008, and regulations of the University of Akureyri 387/2009 (amended) and 258/2016 on the work of the selection committee and the recruitment of academic faculty at the University of Akureyri. An application can be valid for six months after the application deadline. 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 Dr. Guðmundur T. Heimisson, Head of Psychology Faculty, telephone +354-460-8663, email

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


Akureyri – a university town

Akureyri is a vibrant town of just over 20,000 people in the north-eastern region of Iceland. It serves as the cultural, educational, and industrial centre of the country’s north, and is the second-most populated area outside the Reykjavík metropolitan region. Akureyri is located on the scenic Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord, and enjoys a mild cold-summer mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons, and opportunities for year-round outdoor activities. For more information. More information about Akureyri.