PhD position – Iron Age Archaeology – University of Bergen, Norway, 2022


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The Department of Cultural history at the University Museum, University of Bergen announces a full-time PhD research Fellowship in Iron Age Archaeology

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 501200 NOK / YEAR

Department of Cultural History
University of Bergen

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Qualification Details

  • The candidate should hold a Norwegian master’s degree in archaeology (or the equivalent) with a scope of minimum 30 ECTS. The master’s degree must have been awarded before the deadline of the application.
  • Ability to work independently and in a well-structured manner, and good cooperative skills
  • Written and oral proficiency in a Scandinavian language and in English

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Ph.D. project must study changes within the Early Iron Age society (500 BC-600 AD), based on possible changes in the use of the high mountain area in this period, as well as in which way this forms the foundation for the intensified use of the high mountains which takes place in the Late Iron Age and Medieval Period.

An important question in the project will be mapping in which way this exploitation of the high mountain resources is established and controlled. Did this intensified use of the high mountains lead to conflicts between different stakeholders as they wished to control these natural resources within a delimited area? In what way may possible east-west connections in the archaeological material be detected in this period? What social, political, and economic arrangements may have been established in this period? It will therefore be natural to analyse the use of resources in the high mountains and study possible connections with local settlements in the lowlands, and in this way put everything in a broader social, political, and economic context.

The prevailing climatic conditions in the high mountains have always been very important, both in terms of when and how these natural resources may have been utilized. Our knowledge about prehistoric climatic conditions, and the consequences they had for exploiting non-agrarian resources, is largely based on cooperation with natural sciences. Therefore, the project should have a clear interdisciplinary perspective.

The announced Ph.D. position shall result in a Ph.D. thesis about the theme, described above. In the project description, applicants may choose the methods and theoretical approaches that they will apply. It is expected that relevant material from the University Museum collection from the period is utilized into the project.

In the final assessment of the applications, both the scientific quality, as well as the basic qualifications, will be emphasised.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  • A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position (maximum 1 page)
  • Proposal for your research project (project description) in accordance with the job description below (max 5 pages), and a sketch of how to accomplish the project and disseminate the results
  • CV
  • A PDF of the master thesis and other scientific publications (max 5)
  • Transcripts of marks at BA and MA degree certificates
  • The faculty may demand documentation of satisfactory English skills
  • Any other relevant certificates/references
  • A list of scientific and popular science publications and presentations
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One must be the main supervisor for the master thesis (or equivalent)

About the Employer: University of Bergen (UiB), Norway

Note or Other details

  • A stimulating and challenging working environment
  • Position as research fellow (code 1017) with minimum annual salary of NOK 501.200 gross in the state salary scale. For particularly well qualified applicants, higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

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Contact details

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: associated professor, Dr. Asbjørn Engevik, University Museum of Bergen, P.O.Box 7800, NO-5007 Bergen, tel. +47 55 58 31 24, or mobile phone +47 920 23 711, e-mail: [email protected]

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Published on: | Last Updated: Jun 24, 2022 | at nViews Career by nViews Career Team