PhD position in learning analytics and informatics

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Information about the research topic

We are looking for a full-time PhD student to conduct research on learning analytics in the context of learning management platforms. The aim of the PhD position is to study learning behavior in higher education through learning management platforms which are widely used for administration, documentation and reporting of educational courses and learning programs. The behavioral data that is generated while students use the platforms can be analyzed to understand how they interact with the learning content in relation to the learning outcomes and objectives. The PhD candidate will study learning behavior using advanced analytics and machine learning techniques with the goal of discovering patterns in learning as well as to understand and optimize the learning process and the environment in which it occurs, as well as investigate how the architecture of the learning environment enables learning.


Information about the department and the university

You will join us at the Department of Computer Science, Reykjavík University. The department covers a broad range of research topics in Computer Science and is engaged in several national and international research projects, often interdisciplinary in nature.

Reykjavík University is a private university located in Reykjavík, Iceland. The university currently hosts approximately 3500 students, divided into the Departments of Computer Science, Sport Science, Psychology, Business, Law, Applied Engineering, and Engineering. All of Reykjavík University is located in a single building in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavík.


Qualification requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in data science, information systems research as well as learning and teaching. To be eligible for this position, you should have/be about to obtain an MSc degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Information Systems, Informatics, Mathematics, Engineering or related fields. Strong candidates with a background in other relevant topics are very much encouraged to apply as well.


Position summary

Full-time temporary employment (currently paid 365,000 ISK per month before taxes, roughly 3000 USD at current exchange rate). You are expected to finish your PhD within four years' time. The position includes teaching duties of roughly 20%.


Application procedure

Interested applicants should submit their application through the recruitment website

The application should include

  • CV
  • Research proposal stating the possible development of what you would like to do based on the description above (ca. 2 pages)
  • Two letters of reference (e.g., from academic supervisors, former superiors)
  • A 1 to 3-page personal letter where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications/experience/interests
  • Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports
  • Bachelor and/or Master thesis
  • Research publications, if existent
  • Links to software repositories with relevant projects, if existent


The deadline for application is November 1st, 2019. We will start reviewing applications as soon as they arrive. We strongly encourage interested applicants to send their applications as soon as possible.



If you have any questions, want more details on the position, or just check before sending in your application, please contact us directly!


María Óskarsdóttir

Assistant Professor | Department of Computer Science, Reykjavík University


Anna Sigríður Íslind

Assistant Professor | Department of Computer Science, Reykjavík University,