PhD Fellowships in the Division of Applied Mathematics at the University of Iceland .

The University of Iceland is pleased to offer two PhD fellowships within the Applied Mathematics Division for students interested in Quantitative Ecology, Ecosystem Modelling, and Statistics:

Modellers at the Science Institute of the University of Iceland are presently implementing an Atlantis and an Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) model for the Icelandic waters. Atlantis is a deterministic, whole of ecosystem biogeochemical model that includes oceanographic, ecological, economic, and social components. EwE is a whole of ecosystem model consisting of three principal components: Ecopath - a mass-balanced, static snapshot of a marine system; Ecosim - a time dynamic simulation module; and Ecospace - a spatial and temporal dynamic module.

The recipients will work closely with researchers developing these ecosystem models to expand the scope and broaden the impact of these models. They will work to evaluate alternative economic, ecological, and environmental objectives and social responses on the Icelandic marine ecosystem within a management strategy evaluation framework.

Both fellowships are fully-funded for 3 years. The ideal candidate for these fellowships will have a strong background in mathematics and statistics or ecology with a strong interest in quantitative ecology and ecosystem modeling; interest in policy and management; strong programming skills in R; and some experience with C languages.

Applicants should possess an MSc degree and good verbal and written skills in English are required.

These fellowships will be under the direction of Prof. Gunnar Stefansson (e-mail:;

Studies will commence immediately. An initial relocation and an annual travel allowance are included. Please note there is no closing date and the positions will be filled once suitable candidates are found.

The Applied Mathematics Division is a research unit under the Science Institute of the University of Iceland. The unit covers the following research areas; operation research, probability theory, theoretical and applied statistics, ecosystem modeling, biostatistics, numerical analysis and computational intelligence.

The application should contain a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae including documentation of academic degrees and a minimum of two references. Applications should be sent as e-mail attachments in PDF format to Prof. Gunnar Stefansson, (Applied Mathematics Division, Science Institute. University of Iceland, Dunhagi 5, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland).

For additional information about the positions, please contact Dr. Christopher David Desjardins at