The Nansen professor is located at the University of Akureyri and is awarded to individuals (academic or researcher) to conduct their research on Arctic issues of common interest between Iceland and Norway. For the 2024/2025 tenure the selection committee seeks a candidate interested in contributing a year or two, to focus their research effort on technological, natural, health, legal, political, or social issues related to the Arctic with special emphasis on issues that are shared between Iceland and Norway, with examples such as natural resource management, climate change, health science, resource extraction and governance in the Arctic.

Successful candidates for the Nansen visiting professor will have a proven record of accomplishment on researching issues related to the Arctic. Candidates who have experience in working with Norwegian research institutions on Arctic matters will be given priority. A successful candidate could also be a young researcher with an exceptionally promising research proposal on a specific topic in each call. A successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently on their research but also needs to have strong communicative and social/interpersonal skills to be able to work with a larger interdisciplinary group of scientists. Research experience and a record of accomplishment of participation in international Arctic research or professional networks is required.

Primary responsibilities are:

  • to contribute to research at the University of Akureyri
  • to work closely with other researchers in furthering the northern research milieu at the University of Akureyri and contribute to the development of UArctic
  • to support and facilitate continuous cooperation between the University of Akureyri and Norwegian research institutions dedicated to Arctic issues
  • to give public lectures on Arctic issues in local, national, and international fora and to participate in the contemporary debate on changes in the Arctic
  • to disseminate research findings to both governments of Iceland and Norway
  • be available to advise public officials on the topics proposed by the candidate

The level of compensation will be in line with prevailing salaries for professors at Icelandic state universities. A special fund will be available to facilitate the candidate’s participation in relevant domestic and international networks and conferences. A housing and relocation grant will also be available for candidates with permanent residence outside Akureyri.

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2023. The position begins in January 2024. Learn more and apply here.