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PhD Fellowship in Archaeology, Late Medieval History – University of Stavanger, Norway

Norway, University of Stavanger, UiS

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a PhD Fellowship in Archaeology/Late Medieval history at the Museum of Archaeology, The Department of Cultural Heritage.

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General Info

Position: PhD Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Department of Cultural Heritage
University of Stavanger
University of Stavanger, UiS

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Qualification Details

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within archaeology, history or similar education, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F, and/or with other types of credits than sp/ECTS, must attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale and a Diploma Supplement or similar that explains the scope of the subject that are included in the education. You can use these conversion scales  to calculate your points for admission. The master degree should be NOKUT approved.

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • your professional and personal skills for completing the doctoral degree within the timeframe
  • ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • ability to work structured and handle a heavy workload
  • having a good command of both oral and written English. The PhD thesis will be written in English.

Knowledge of GIS-based methods is an advantage, but there are competent researchers in the project council that can offer guidance.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The project «Viking beacons - Militarism in northern Europe» will study beacons; the Vikings warning or signalling system for imminent threats. Traces of these warning systems based on light signals are important documentations of the Vikings' fears and preparedness. The main hypothesis is that the Vikings highly advanced form of civil defence was an important driving force in the shaping of centralised power in early historic Europe (AD 500-1600). The primary research question is what was the role of war in the creation, consolidation and maintenance of collective identities, emergent polities and kingdoms in early medieval northern European populations and communities.

The project will identify beacon sites and beacon networks in the Viking homelands through analysis of archaeological, historical, linguistic and geographical evidence from selected case studies in northern Europe. Through beacon systems, we can study how Viking societies prepared for war and attacks, and how civil society and groups contributed to organise the beacons, across communities and law areas. In this way, the project will also challenge the assumptions about the Vikings' aggressive male warrior society.

The project combines knowledge and methods from several disciplines, such as archaeology, history, geography and science.

The project is searching for a PhD Fellow who will study beacons and military infrastructure in the period 500-1600 AD in northern Europe. The project can generate data through studies of e.g. archaeological and historical sources, place names, laws, and maps, to study the beacon’s social and military organisation.

The candidate can explore, use or combine different approaches and methods, for example GIS based analyses, landscape  modelling, or other geographical analysis methods.

The PhD candidate is expected to generate knowledge that contributes to the candidate's own competence development, as well as to produce results that the overall project can benefit from. The PhD candidate is considered part of the project group and will be involved in the project as a whole, participate in meetings and workshops and contribute to the dissemination of research. The research fellow can complete an exchange stay at one of the project council member institutions (University College London, England) during the project period.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

A short application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • A cover letter presenting the candidate, her/his skills, motivations and ambitions for wanting a PhD and applying for this one.
  • 3-5 pages project proposal, a project proposal template can be foud here. The proposal should outline a project you wish to work on that also supports the main project's aims and goals.
  • Summary/"abstract" of the master thesis in english (max 1 page)
  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • References, certificates/diplomas and other documentation that you consider relevant
  • Diploma Supplement or similar and a confirmed conversion scale if this is required
  • Publications or other relevant research work (posters, conference papers etc.)

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above and that you have attached the necessary documentation.

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

About the Project/Department

The hired candidate will be admitted to the PhD program in Social Sciences. The education includes relevant courses to about six months of study, a dissertation based on independent research, participation in national and international research environments, relevant academic communication, a trial lecture and public defence. Read more about the PhD education at UiS on our website.

The position is part of the project «Viking beacons - Militarism in northern Europe», funded by Research Council Norway (RCN).

The Museum of Archaology has an academic staff with researchers in archeology, conservation, various natural sciences and more recent cultural history. The staff covers several fields within conservation, laboratories, photographic services, archives and scientific collections, management tasks under the Cultural Heritage Act, exhibition production, graphic design, school service and public involvment. The museum publishes two series of writings which are point-giving in CRIStin.

The museum currently has a total of 90 permanent employees in four departments and in the museum administration.

About the Employer: University of Stavanger, UiS

Note or Other details

Employment as PhD Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

We offer

  • a possibility to participate in a new and exciting interdisciplinary and international RCN-project
  • a PhD education in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure.
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.515, code 1017, NOK 491 200 gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the SIS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • "Hjem-jobb-hjem" discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme
  • language courses: On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up “language courses” under employment conditions)

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Contact details

More information on the position and project description can be obtained from project leader Dr. Marie Ødegaard, tel: + 47 92425068, e-mail: or Head of Department Krister Scheie Eilertsen, tel: + 47 98826959, e-mail:

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR adviser Janne V. Endresen, tel. +47 51831216, e-mail:

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