We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join us.

Our research group is looking for a highly motivated and talented individual to join their team as a postdoctoral researcher. This position is supported by the Icelandic Research Fund for two years

The team is led by Erna Magnúsdóttir, an associate professor at the University of Iceland, Department of Medicine. 

Field of work

Our research focuses on transcriptional control of cell fate decisions, in particular on sequence specific transcription factors and their combinatorial effect on lineage determination. We use both murine embryonic stem cells as our model as well as human cancer cell lines and primary tumour samples. The postdoctoral candidate would focus on the functional roles and molecular mechanisms of transcription factors determining pluripotent state transitions and lineage determination in the early mouse embryo, and would be using murine embryonic stem cell cultures as a model system for early embryonic events

The candidate will be expected to conceptualise hypotheses and be able to test them through experimental design. The candidate will thus be required to design, conduct and troubleshoot experiments in addition to collecting and analysing data for publication as well as grant applications, present their research at national and international meetings as well as writing manuscripts for publication. The candidate will also participate in mentoring post-graduate students working in the group in collaboration with the group leader.

The candidate would be working within the dynamic and growing University of Iceland Biomedical Centre (www.lifvisindi.hi.is.).

Qualification requirements

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree in the field of stem cell biology, embryology, developmental biology, molecular biology or cell biology or a similar field. The candidate is required to have a strong molecular background and relevant experience in the areas above, an excellent publication record, including first-authored publications. The candidate needs to have good communication skills in English, including academic writing skills. The candidate needs to have extensive experience in cell culture, preferably human or mouse embryonic stem cell culture and maintenance as well as differentiation, in addition to molecular biology experience.

How to apply

Applicants should send in their curriculum vitae, a letter outlining their research experience, publications, career goals, a list of publications as well as the contact details of two academic referees. Please submit your application here.

All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months after the application deadline.

The salary for the position will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the trade union and the Minister of Finance.

The employment is planned to start as soon as possible, upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

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 Health Sciences at the University of Iceland is a national leader in the field of health care and has played a key role in the build-up of the Icelandic health care system. The school is comprised of six faculties: Faculty of Nursing; Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Faculty of Medicine; Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition; Faculty of Psychology and Faculty of Odontology.

Further information

For more information, please contact Erna Magnúsdóttir (erna@hi.is).


The application deadline is through 26th of February, 2018