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PhD Fellow in Archaeology – UiT – the Arctic University of Norway, 2022


A PhD position is available at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (HSL) – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

UiT - University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway


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Qualification Details

The position requires a master’s degree in Archaeology or a foreign degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree, with a minimum grade of B or equivalent. Applicants who have not completed their master’s degree upon application may be considered provided that they obtain their degree with the aforementioned minimum grade prior to employment. Applicants with a master’s degree in a field of study other than Archaeology may be evaluated provided that they have achieved the aforementioned minimum grade and can document sufficient expertise relevant for the position. The candidate is expected to complete their doctoral studies within the field of Archeology.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

Applicants must document fluency of in English. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma. Due to the nature of the source material, applicants should be competent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. If not, applicants are highly recommended to develop competency during their term of appointment.

The evaluation process will place emphasis on the project description, which must outline a feasible project within the advertised field of research. The project description shall not exceed 10 pages, literature references included. It must include a desription of the project topic, research questions, and a reasoning for choosing these. The final project description will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor.

Applicants should have experience with quantitative data analysis. Knowledge of the cultural history of the High North will be considered advantageous.

Motivation and personal suitability will be taken into account.

If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, you will not be eligible for this position.

Admission to the PhD programme

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.

All applicants should have a grade point average of B (or equivalent) on their master’s degree in order to be admitted to the PhD programme. The grade point average also applies to 300 ECTS points integrated five-year master’s degrees, in which all courses are to be included in the grade point average. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here.

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT. Depending on which country the education is from, one or two additional years of university education may be required to fulfil admission requirements, e.g. a 4-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year master's degree.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD position is financed by UiT and will contribute knowledge fundamental to the advancement of archaeological and historical research on settlement and society in the High North. The aim of the project is to map demographic change in the High North in the Iron Age and Middle Ages. Research will employ established methods of paleodemographic modelling based on statistical analyses of radiocarbon dating as an indirect demographic variable. Results should be interpreted together with other relevant demographic variables derived from, for instance, archaeological, osteological or historical sources. Cross-disciplinary approaches that develop the methodology further are encouraged.

The resulting synthesis will ideally advance our understanding of demographic conditions in the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark in the Iron Age and Middle Ages beyond that facilitated by previous research approaches.

The candidate is expected to discuss their results within a culture-historical context. Potentially relevant topics include, but are not limited to, connections between demographic fluctuations and climatic change, epidemics, social organization, settlement patterns, economic change, trade relations, social, cultural and/or ethnic interaction and gender dynamics.

The empirical data is to be sourced from existing databases and archives. The project does not entail new archaeological investigation or radiocarbon dating.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: -

Application Procedure

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Contact information for 2-3 references
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description (up to 10 pages)

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian

About the Department/Section/Group

Creating the New North, established in 2004, is at the forefront of national and international multidisciplinary research on settlement, society and identity in the High North in the Iron Age, Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, with a particular focus on northern Norway. The group includes 17 permanent and temporary researchers within the fields of Archaeology, History, History of Science, History of Religions, Art History, Language and Literature and fosters extensive national and international networks within these fields of study. CNN currently has three active PhD candidates and several affiliated master’s students, as well as numerous associated scholars and students at other institutions in Norway and abroad. Two additional PhD candidates will join the group in 2023, one of which will be employed in the position advertised.

AHR’s division of Archaeology has an international staff of 14 members, including four PhD candidates and one postdoctoral researcher. The division conducts research on a broad range of culture-historical topics, Saami archaeology, theory and method, natural environments, cultural heritage studies and contemporary archaeology. Much of this research is conducted within collaborative research groups and projects. AHR also employs academics with extensive knowledge on demographic research using historical and archaeological data. This includes cooperation with experts as the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU).

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Note or Other details

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

  • You will be included in a well-functioning research group
  • Possibility for up to a year's extension of the appointment period
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: https://uit.no/staffmobility

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Marte Spangen:

or Head of Department Christine Smith Simonsen:

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