PhD position at the University of Akureyri

We are looking for a highly committed, enthusiastic doctoral candidate for a 3-year position within the EPiC SAD study, that will examine environmental, physiological, and cognitive risk factors for seasonal affective disorder. The hosting University is the University of Akureyri (UNAK) in Northern Iceland. The project will start in late spring 2022 and will be carried out in close collaboration with the University of Iceland (HÍ) in Reykjavík. The doctoral candidate will be registered at the Centre for doctoral studies and will be supervised by Prof. Yvonne Höller, Faculty of Psychology at UNAK, co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Gísli Kort Kristófersson, Faculty of Health Sciences and at UNAK and Prof. Ragnar P. Ólafsson, Faculty of Psychology, University of Iceland, and would join the doctoral school at UNAK within the health sciences study line.

The research requires travelling around Iceland in order to record environmental exposure, EEG-data, and psychological self-report questionnaires in a sample of 200 participants in a longitudinal study.

Required skills:

  • A Master degree in neuroscience, health sciences, psychology, or a field that is useful for the project
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Excellent scientific skills such as literature research, scientific writing
  • Excellent organization skills
  • A driving licence in order to be able to travel to remote places with our mobile laboratory equipment
  • Technical affinity in order to be able to deal with exposometers and EEG hard- and software

Desired skills:

  • Experience with EEG recording and analysis
  • Experience with using psychological questionnaires
  • Experience with using psychological interviews
  • Fluency in the Icelandic language in written and oral communication

Deadline 9th of March 2022 

The University of Akureyri (UNAK) offers a friendly working environment at one of the most beautiful research locations in the world, with many nearby leisure activities. UNAK proudly provides high-quality supervision which is monitored and regulated by the Centre for doctoral studies. The Centre provides a structured doctoral program that is tailored to the individual student’s needs and includes provision of supervision guidelines, professionality, peer-support, and didactical education.

Approval of registration for doctoral studies is a condition for employment.

Applications including a CV, Bachelor and Master Diploma copy in English, 2 contacts of reference (e-mail/phone), and a motivational letter or video (as a link) should be sent to: Prof. Yvonne Höller,