University of Iceland, Math division

Position ID:University of Iceland-Math division-PHD [#16272]
Position Title: PhD
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Reykjavik, Reykjavík 107, Iceland
Subject Area: Physics / Theoretical high energy physics
Appl Deadline:2020/05/15 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2020/04/20, finished 2020/10/27, listed until 2020/10/20)
Position Description:    

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PhD Position in theoretical high-energy physics at the University of Iceland

The Science Institute, University of Iceland, invites applications for a PhD position in theoretical high-energy physics.

Field of work

The successful candidate will join a research group engaged in frontline research at the intersection between quantum field theory and gravitational theory in the Mathematics Division of the Science Institute. The PhD position is for three years, funded by a grant from the Icelandic Research Fund, with a focus on quantum information theory and emergent spacetime.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree, or equivalent, in Theoretical physics or Mathematics. Applicants who will receive the degree by the Fall of 2020, will be also considered for the position.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Good cooperative and social skills.
  • Ability to work independently.

The successful candidate will have to apply for doctoral studies at the University of Iceland before taking up the position.

Application process

Please include a one page cover letter describing your research interests in relation to this position.

The application must also include:

  1. CV,
  2. academic transcripts (BSc and MSc degree),
  3. Contact information for two experts, who are familiar with the candidate and willing to provide recommendation letters.

On-line applications only. Please submit your application through Academic Jobs Online at

All applications will be answered and applicants notified of the employment decision, when a decision has been made. Applications are valid for six months beyond the application deadline.

Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.

The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs approximately 360 people in academic positions. The School offers an international working environment, with the number of international employees and students increasing each year. Currently about quarter of all employees and graduate students are international. There are around 2900 students at the School, divided into six faculties, including approximately 350 MS students and 150 doctoral students. Research institutes at the School are the Science Institute that divides into the Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute of Physical Sciences, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Research Institute and the Institute for Sustainability Studies which is an interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

More information about the University of Iceland can be found here.

Further information:

For further information, please contact Professor Lárus Thorlacius at

Application deadline:

The application deadline is May 15, 2020.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Dunhagi 3, 107 Reykjavik Iceland