Nansen-position advertismentThe University of Akureyri has advertised a new guest professor position according a memorandum of understanding signed last year.

The MoU was signed by foreign ministers Össur Skarphéðinsson of Iceland and Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway concerning co-operation in the field of Arctic scientific research, including the establishment of a Nansen Professorship in Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri.

The Professorship is named after the famous Norwegian polar scientist and humanist Fridtjof Nansen and is awarded each year for twelve months period to a world leading scientist working with issues that bear on the legal, economic, social and natural circumstances in Arctic studies.

"The successful candidate should have a PhD (or equivalent experience) with a strong academic background in Arctic studies relevant to legal issues as well as sustainable human development in the Arctic regions. The Candidate should be experienced in working across disciplines with complex human-environmental-social issues and should have strong communicative and social/interpersonal skills. Research experience relating to the Arctic and a track of participation in international research networks will be necessary as well as a proven ability to obtain research grants," the UNAK website reads.

Primary responsibilities will be:

  • To contribute to the research, teaching and further development of relevant programs at the University of Akureyri
  • to work closely with other researchers in furthering the Northern research and teaching milieu at the University of Akureyri and contribute to the development of the University of the Arctic
  • to give public lectures on Arctic Issues in local, national and international forum and to participate in the contemporary debate on changes in the arctic.

Applications are open until 15th of August.


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