University of Iceland

Research Specialist in molecular virology Institute for Experimental Pathology, University of Iceland at Keldur - HI17050127

Research Specialist in molecular virology Institute for Experimental Pathology, University of Iceland at Keldur - HI17050127

The Institute for Experimental Pathology seeks applicants to fill a full Research Specialist position in the area of molecular virology. 

The Research Specialist is expected to conduct research in molecular virology. The work consist of academic research, duties on diagnostic preparedness and contingency, advise to veterinary authorities, international collaboration, grant applications and supervision to research students.

Applicants should have a doctorate in molecular virology. Skills in the methods of molecular biology is required for analysis of viruses and their host cells. It is important to focus on the research emphasis of the institute on slow viral infections. Experience of research project management and grant applications is required. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.

The successful applicant is expected to start the appointment by agreement when evaluation committees have concluded. The position is for five years with the possibility of an extension for a permanent position. The evaluation of academic merits will be in accordance with Icelandic law and the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009.

Applications and accompanying documents should preferably be submitted by email: labelled HI17050127. Applicants should submit certificates attesting to their education and work experience, a list of their publications, a report on their research and other work they have carried out, and an outline of their research plans if they are offered the position. Applicants must clearly indicate which of their publications they regard as most significant with respect to the advertised position (no more than eight publications should be selected). Applicants must send the most significant publications with their application, or indicate where they are accessible in electronic form. When more than one author has produced a publication, the applicant must account for his or her own contribution to the work. Applicants are also expected to include references for their teaching and administrative work, as appropriate.

Applications and accompanying documentation that are not submitted in electronic form must be sent in duplicate to the Division of Science and Innovation at the University of Iceland, Main Building at Sæmundargata 2, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. All applications will be acknowledged and applicants will be informed of the appointment when a decision has been taken. The salary for the position will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers and the Minister of Finance.

For further information contact Professor Sigurdur Ingvarsson tel: 00354-585-5123 or

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

The Institute for Experimental Pathology operates according to a statute of the Icelandic parliament enacted in 1990. It is an academic establishment and is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine University of Iceland, with a special governing board and an independent budget. The predominant aspects of the activities are basic and service research in veterinary medicine. Applied veterinary research, animal health control, diagnostic services and expert advice on animal diseases are in collaboration with the Chief Veterinary Officer and the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority. The expertice is on the following disciplines: prionology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, pathology, immunology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Research on virology has been performed from the initial years of the institute 70 years back and this resulted in the first description of a lentivirus, the MVV (Maedi-Visna Virus), a pioneering work by Björn Sigurdsson and collaborators. Today the work on virology at the institute is still focused on MVV, but also on other viruses. Several disciplines are utilized in the research projects, including molecular methods for the last decades. Both viral and cellular proteins involved in the life cycle of the virus are investigated. In addition to research projects on MVV, there are ongoing projects on herpesviruses in horses. Several aspects of the research projects in virology are based on international collaboration. Services and diagnostics in virology provided comprise a wide range of testing, screening, diagnostics and development of new methodology. Examples of diagnostic service is on avian influenza and influenza in other species, several fish viruses and plasmacytosis in mink. Standard and specialized equipment is utilized to perform these activities. A first class biocontainment laboratory is situated at the Institute (biosafety level laboratory - 3). The diagnostic service at Keldur is conducted in accordance to quality standard ISO17025. Several of the methods utilized are accredited.

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.

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