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With its recognized and engaged faculty, BMC offers excellent opportunities for masters students, PhD fellows and postdoctoral fellows to participate in cutting-edge research. 

Masters and PhD Projects

1. Available positions in cardiac physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland

Opportunities for cardiovascular research for highly motivated and qualified doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates are available at the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland starting as soon as possible.LocationThe University of Iceland is situated in the heart of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and the worlds northernmost capital. Reykjavík is situated by the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by mountains and many of Icelands natural treasures are within easy reach from the city, such as the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa; Gullfoss, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland; the great Geysir geothermal area; and the Thingvellir National Park, the home of our ancient parliament, Althing. 

Field of work

Current projects include work on non-coding RNAs, on the interplay between biological sex and inflammation in myocardial hypertrophy, and on the effects of a novel compound against anticancer drug-induced cardiomyopathy. 

This is an outstanding opportunity to work in the cardiovascular field with secured funding. The salaries for the positions will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the trade union and the Minister of Finance. Depending on the position and previous experience, gross monthly salaries range from 3000 to 4000 EUR. In addition, the Icelandic government offers the incentive of 30% tax-free annual income for 3 years, if requested.

Qualification requirements

  • Doctoral degree in molecular life sciences or a related field (postdoctoral/associate positions)
  • University degree in molecular life sciences, medicine, or a related field (doctoral positions)
  • Laboratory experience in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, immunology
  • Experience in cardiac surgery and physiology in mice is preferred
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Good computer and data analysis skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team

PhD applicants must fulfil the requirements for registration in PhD studies in the School of Health Sciences.

Application process

Application documents

  • Motivation letter, including relevance of previous experience to the position (postdoc/associate positions) or explaining the pursuit of a doctorate (predoc positions) (max. 2 pages).
  • Full but succinct CV, including a list of laboratory/practical skills.
  • Certificates of education (BS, MS, and PhD degrees).

You can also visit the International Staff Services Welcome Center homepage for further information on how to relocate to Iceland:

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:

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.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and scientific institution in Iceland.

Application deadline

Application deadline is 08.08.2022

For further information contact

Georgios Kararigas

Apply now

2. Laus er staða fyrir meistaranema í líf- og læknavísindum við verkefnið: Lífvísar í augum sjúklinga með Alzheimer sjúkdóm - English below

Námið felur í sér rannsóknir á súrefnisbúskap í sjónhimnuæðum hjá einstaklingum með væga, vitræna skerðingu (MCI, forstig Alzheimer). Í því felst að taka myndir af augnbotnum með sérstökum súrefnismæli auk þess að greina myndirnar úr mælinum. Skoðað verður hvort súrefnismettun í augum (og aðrir lífvísar) tengist framgangi vægrar vitrænnar skerðingar og / eða Alzheimer sjúkdóms. Til greina kemur að sníða verkefnið meira að tæknilegri þróun aðferða við súrefnismælingar. Verkefnið verður unnið að hluta til hjá Lífeðlisfræðistofnun Læknadeildar í Læknagarði og að hluta á Augndeild Landspítalans.

Við leitum að einstaklingi með bakgrunn í lífvísindum (líffræði, hjúkrunarfræði, læknisfræði, lyfjafræði, lífeindafræði, heilbrigðisverkfræði o.s.frv.).

Verkefnið er styrkt af Rannsóknasjóði Rannís ásamt Rannsóknasjóði HÍ og Vísindasjóði LSH

Áhugasamir hafi samband við: Svein Hákon Harðarson – og Ólöfu Birnu Ólafsdóttur –

We are looking for a master's student in biomedical sciences for the project: Biomarkers in the eyes of patients with Alzheimer's disease

The project entails the study of retinal oxygenation in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI, pre-Alzheimer's stage). It involves taking images of the retina with a special oximeter as well as analyzing the images from the oximeter. We will test whether retinal oxygen saturation (and other biomarkers) are associated with the development of mild cognitive impairment and / or Alzheimer's disease. It is possible to gear the project more towards the technical development of oximetry methods. The project will be performed partly at the Institute of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Læknagarður and partly at the Department of Ophthalmology at Landspítali.

We are looking for a person with a background in life sciences (biology, nursing, medicine, pharmacology, biology, biomedical engineering, etc.).

The project is funded by the Rannís Research Fund as well as the University of Iceland Research Fund and the LSH Science Fund

Those, who are interested should contact: Svein Hákon Harðarson - and Ólöf Birna Ólafsdóttir -

3. MSc student post in physiology, to study the regulation of vascular tone and wall tension in arteries

We are searching for a motivated person with a background in the biomedical sciences to work on a 90 ECTS MSc project, to study the regulation of vascular tone and wall tension in arteries (pig retinal arteries and mouse mesenteric arteries), using segments of these vessels in a small wire myography preparation, and fundus imaging and fluorescent angiography from rodent eyes, in anesthetized animals. In addition, molecular methods to localize relevant proteins on vessels and the levels of expression of these proteins will be used.  The candidate needs to have basic knowledge of cell physiology, and smooth muscle function.  The project is supervised by Þór Eysteinsson and Andrea García-Llorca in the Department of Physiology.  Contact Þór Eysteinsson ( for further detail.

4. MSc student position to study dose-sparing effects of adjuvants and natural compounds using a neonatal mouse immunization model

We are looking for a motivated student who wants to join the Vaccine research group of Ingileif Jónsdóttir and Stefanía P. Bjarnarson at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland and Department of Immunology at Landspitali. The study aims are to evaluate dose-sparing effects of different adjuvants and natural compounds using a murine neonatal immunization model. Dose sparing strategies aim to increase vaccine immunogenicity and minimize the dose of vaccine antigen needed to confer protective immunity, by including adjuvants or natural compounds in the vaccine formulation. We initially offer the student a summer job position, so the research could start during the summer 2022. The project is funded by the Technology Development Fund.

Please contact Auður Anna Aradóttir Pind ( for further information.

PhD and postdoctoral fellows

Group leaders at the BMC are always looking for highly motivated PhD fellows and postdocs. If there are currently no open calls posted on our website, excellent PhDs and postdocs are encouraged to apply to one of our groups for fellowships at any time. The chances for a position at BMC are increased significantly if you contact us well ahead of time. Please contact the Group Leader you wish to work with directly and please enclose the following materials:

1. Cover Letter/letter of interest
2. CV
3. Three (3) letters of reference 

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Work environment at BMC

BMC is a dynamic and international research centre. We offer good working conditions with excellent possibilities in an open, collaborative atmosphere. We offer state-of-the-art research facilities in modern laboratories. The research groups at BMC collaborate closely and all our young scientists (masters students, PhD fellows and postdocs) actively participate in all our activities.

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