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The Department of Historical Studies is part of the Faculty of Humanities. At the department, education and research are conducted within three disciplines: history, archaeology and classical archaeology and ancient history. Courses are offered at all levels, from the undergraduate to the doctorate level. Research takes place both within the individual disciplines and in larger inter- and transdisciplinary projects, with national and international collaboration an important element. The department currently has about 100 employees, including researchers, teachers, doctoral students, and administrators. The department is centrally located in Gothenburg.

More information about the department and the discipline of archaeology can be found on our website

Neolithic Seafaring and Maritime Technologies Shaped a New World of Megalithic Societies (4500-3500 cal BC) NEOSEA

NEOSEA is an ERC starting grant (1.5 Mio Euros) led by Bettina Schulz Paulsson. The five-year research project will use modelling and DNA analyses to show the spread of megaliths in Europe and demonstrate the existence of prehistoric maritime connections, networks and migration.

The position is funded by the NEOSEA project. The person appointed will be a member of an international team and employed by the Department of Historical studies in Gothenburg. Working place is the Globe institute in Copenhagen.

Subject area

To generate and analyse DNA data from ancient human remains of Neolithic/Chalcolithic human bone material from all over megalithic Europe for mobility and genetic ancestry studies). 


Main purpose of the job

  • To generate and analyse aDNA data from ancient human remains of Neolithic/Chalcolithic human bone material from all over megalithic Europe.
  • data generation including assessing skeletal material in the field for processing, isolating the optimal regions of bone for recovery of DNA, extracting DNA, preparing libraries for sequencing
  • population genetics analysis of newly generated and published ancient and modern DNA data
  • recovery of ancient DNA from regions of poor preservation conditions

Duties and responsibilities

  • will collaborate with other team members in carrying out data analyses, writing papers and making conference presentations.
  • will work most of the time in Copenhagen at the Globe Institute
  • will take part in regular project meetings, online and in person in Gothenburg and Copenhagen


Eligible for this research position are those with a PhD or other foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to PhD in population geneticist of ancient DNA.

For the position you also need to have research experience and particular skills in population geneticist of ancient DNA.  

Mother tongue or excellent skills in English is mandatory. Knowledge of other European languages is desirable.

Scientific proficiency will be given priority in the evaluation of the qualifications of the applicants, and it is assessed primarily on the basis of the applicant’s working experience Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability and team spirit.

The recruitment process may include interviews by video link and contacting references.


Type of employment: researcher 12 months of full time. Extent: 100%. Location: Globe institute Copenhagen/department of Historical Studies, Gothenburg University

First day of employment is in October 2023, or by agreement.

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Bettina Schulz Paulsson, PI NEOSEA. Phone: +46 31 99 12 14. Mail:

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Johanna Hagbranth, HR officer. Mail:


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Applications must be received by: 2023-06-15

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