PhD Position in UCPH University of Copenhagen Denmark

PhD fellowship focused on Hellenistic-Roman Soli, Cyprus, UCPH, Denmark, May 2022


The Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen, offers a 3-year fully funded PhD fellowship focused on Hellenistic-Roman Soli, Cyprus. The position is available from 1 September 2022 and is part of the research project ‘Life at the Furnace (LAF): Copper producing settlement ecosystems in the north-western Troodos, Cyprus’ funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

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General Info

Position: PhD Felloswhip
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: 1st September 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark


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Qualification Details

The ideal candidate will have a background in classical archaeology. We seek candidates with good interpersonal skills, the ability to organise work independently and the potential to produce high-quality research. Experiences with managing large datasets and familiarity with GIS is an advantage. Furthermore, good skills in spoken and written English and reading Nordic languages (archival data from the Swedish Cyprus Expeditions) are a prerequisite.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, applicants must have completed a degree programme equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree (two years, 120 ECTS) in archaeology or a similar discipline. If the MA thesis is not completed at the application deadline, applicants must send pre-approval of their thesis.

If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.

The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by either of the following:

  • A state-authorized translator.
  • The embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made.
  • A Danish consulate/embassy.

The administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications see Europass / EU.

Chinese applicants must attach a China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee (CADGEEC) certificate. Read more about CADGEEC here.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Project description

The overall goal of the LAF project is to explain the complex human and environmental impacts of large-scale copper production during the foreign control of Cyprus under the Roman Empire from the 1st century BC to the 7th century AD. The project studies how the choices that supported copper production affected the landscape and living conditions and their sustainability. An in-depth study of food supply, agriculture, mining and forestry, imported goods and colonial relations will further reveal life at the furnace and place Cyprus within the economic network of the Roman Empire.

The successful candidate will be part of an international research group consisting of the Principal Investigator of the project, Associate Professor Kristina Winther-Jacobsen based at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, as well as researchers from the National Museum, Copenhagen; Uppsala University; Cyprus Institute, Nicosia; and University of Southampton. The PhD will be supervised by the Principal Investigator.

Job description

The PhD fellow will carry out independent research on heritage data from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition to Soli (1927-31) housed in the Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm within the framework of LAF research questions. Soli is located in the Turkish occupied zone inaccessible to fieldwork since 1974. While stratigraphy, plans and architecture have been published (Westholm 1937; Gjerstad 1937), the ceramics have never been published in detail, and the character of the material culture of Roman Soli is largely unknown. The applicant is expected to make a detailed study of the Roman ceramics from Soli in the Medelhavsmuseet to map the exchange of material culture and thereby understand Soli’s role among the cities of Cyprus and in the Roman economic network.

Responsibilities and key tasks as a PhD fellow:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS.
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS.
  • Participate in the fieldwork of the LAF project (to include training in Cypriot material culture).
  • Participate in active research environments, including at least one stay in Sweden to study the SCE material held at the Medelhavsmuseet.
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals (article-based dissertation).
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 211-1065/22-2H #1

Application Procedure

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the ‘APPLY NOW’ icon at the bottom of the page and fill in the application form.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  1. Cover letter (max 1 page), including your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project.
  2. Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email and telephone number), including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. Diplomas and transcript of records including:
    • A copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted).
    • A copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included).
    • A copy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree diploma.
    • A copy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included).
  4. Writing sample. Please include an example of your academic writing in English such as an article or an MA thesis chapter.
  5. Publication list (if available).
  6. Reference letters (if available).

Recruitment process

Applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of an Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified of the decision of the Appointment Committee. Following shortlisting, an Assessment Committee is appointed. Shortlisted applicants are notified of the composition of this committee. Applicants have the opportunity to comment on the assessment of their own application. Following assessment, a number of qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.


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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact Principal Investigator of the project, Associate Professor Kristina Winther-Jacobsen, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions about the Saxo Institute and the PhD programme, refer to Associate Professor Søren Rud, e-mail: [email protected]

For any further questions regarding recruitment please contact HR officer Maritxell Abrahamsson, e-mail: [email protected], please refer to ID number 211-1065/22-2H #1.

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