Master’s Program Director: Coastal and Marine Management

The University Centre of the Westfjords is searching for an energetic individual to fill the demanding role of Director of the master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management. Coastal and Marine Management is an international, multidisciplinary program, run in conjunction with the University of Akureyri with a cohort of 20-25 students each year. The program began in 2008, and in 2019 a comparable program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development was established. The University Centre is a small but growing institution, for example, the current Coastal and Marine Management Program Director will remain at the University Centre in a newly-established research position.

The Program Director works in a small but progressive university and research environment in Ísafjörður, in the Westfjords region of Iceland, and has ample opportunity to show initiative with the aim of creating an outstanding study and work environment for an international group of students. The Program Director organises teaching, maintains relations with program's partners, and is first-step adviser to students on their master’s theses. The role demands excellent organisational skills, professional working habits, and the desire to provide an excellent service. The role demands a high level of cooperative working, as both master's programs must run simultaneously in harmony. The Program Director needs to carefully follow students’ thesis work in close co-operation with thesis advisors and therefore must have a good professional overview and knowledge of the main research methods used in environmental and resource management. The Program Director should ideally have experience as a thesis advisor to master's students. The Program Director may also undertake some teaching activities.

Necessary qualifications and experience:

  • Multidisciplinary training and/or research experience in a relevant field
  • Master’s degree or PhD
  • Service-minded and a good communicator
  • Well-organised
  • Initiative and flexibility in the workplace
  • Experience in research and as a thesis advisor desirable
  • Excellent spoken and written English. Knowledge of Icelandic highly desirable

The new Program Director should be able to start no later than autumn term 2020. For further information contact Peter Weiss, Director of the University Centre, telephone: (+354) 450 3045 or

Applications with list of published work, list of teaching experience, and other academic work, if applicable, should be sent by e-mail to

Deadline for applications is 27.03.2020.

The University Centre is looking for an academic director for the masters program in Coastal and Marine Management.