PhD positions

The research at DCS is organized around five research centres.  

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. Therefore, Reykjavik University welcomes applications from individuals who will further expand its diversity; women and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted through the University's online application submission system after you have been in dialogue with a potential supervisor within the department.

The process would be that you would: 

  • Send a statement of purpose, research topic and which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with (1-2 pages)
  • Send a project proposal written by you and your potential advisor (1-2 pages)


Applications should also include

  • CV
  • Transcripts from previous university studies
  • Two letters of reference
  • Other documents the applicant deems relevant
  • Abstract of MS Thesis (or equivalent)


About the School

The School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University ( is the largest school of computer science in Iceland and the only English speaking one. The school offers Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs, with significant resources being allocated to strengthen the PhD program. The school cultivates close ties with industry through a dynamic co-operative education program, and boasts an outstanding degree of partnership-based research and innovation through its  leading entrepreneurship program and its largest startup incubator in Iceland.   The School of Computer Science at Reykjavík University hosts a number of leading research centres ( whose research ranks among the top Scandinavian universities in their respective fields. These centres have been globally known for the work on algorithms for wireless networks, for contributing to the ASIMO robot in collaboration with Honda and for winning the World General Game Playing Championship. Also, the school is the home of several leading projects, such as the “Freyja” Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, the dark room Virtual Reality Lab, and the smart IoT lab, which is currently under development.  It is the most respected computer science school in Iceland and received an EQANIE accreditation recently for the curricula in computer science.

About Reykjavik, Iceland

Ranked the happiest and safest place in the world, Iceland offers unsurpassed opportunities for seeing nature at work, with its mix of glaciers, hot springs, lava fields and expanses of lunar-like landscape. Reykjavik is one of the most connected cities in the world with daily direct flights to most major cities in north America and Europe. The city is known for its vibrant cultural scene that is seldom seen in cities of its size. Reykjavik University is located on the south shore of the city, next to a heated beach, park, and on the outdoors trail towards the mountains.

For further information about DCS and its research activities, and a link to the application system, please visit: link

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