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Focusing on scholarship and research, the Vigdís International Centre operates under the auspices of the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages of the University of Iceland’s School of Humanities, see the organisational chart. The Centre’s operations will be based on an agreement between the Icelandic government and the UN Educational and Scientific Organisation UNESCO, and its operating charter.  In addition to scientific research, the role of the Vigdís International Centre is to raise consciousness among scholars and laymen alike of the significance of languages for all human culture, and of the importance of translation and knowledge of languages for positive intercultural relations.

Education and qualifications

Doctoral degree in language or linguistics, cultural studies, translation or language technology
Experience of research work and/or supervision of research projects
Experience of management and grant application
Effective organisational and management skills
Initiative and ability to work independently
Service-oriented, positive outlook and personal communication ability.


The managing director handles the Institute’s day-to-day operations in tandem with promotion of its research and development efforts. These include:

Management, operations, fundraising and applications for research grants
Supervision of and responsibility for international research, development and innovation projects
Promotional work and supervision of information and instructional activities under the Centre’s auspices
Other tasks and projects as requested by the Board aimed at expanding and promoting the work of the Centre

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2016. The salary is in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between the Minister of Finance and respective professional organisation. The intention is to make the appointment as soon as possible.

For further information contact Auður Hauksdóttir, managing director and Chairman of the Board of the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages, tel. +354 525 4209, e-mail auhau@hi.is.  

Applications providing details of educational qualifications and previous positions shall be addressed to Human Resources, University of Iceland, Aðalbygging við Suðurgata, IS-101 Reykjavík, or to the e-mail address starfsumsóknir@hi.is  reference nr HI16070030. All applications will be responded to and applicants informed of the selection once a decision has been taken. Applications can be valid for six months following the expiry of the deadline for applications.

Appointments at the University of Iceland are made with due regard to the University’s equal opportunity policy. 

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