Professor of Archaeology

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    Umeå University
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    29/09/2017 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Sweden › Umeå

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is seeking a Professor of Archaeology.

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University’s Faculty of Humanities conducts education and research in the fields of archaeology, philosophy, history, history of ideas, religious studies and theology. Within archaeology, courses and degrees are offered at first-cycle (BA) and third-cycle (PhD) levels. Within the field of environmental archaeology, education is offered at second-cycle (MA) and third-cycle levels (PhD). The department hosts the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory(EAL), a research infrastructure whose operations are integrated into both education and research in archaeology. The department also hosts the international Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database infrastructure. Further information about the department and archaeology division can be found here.

Description and work duties

Duties will include research, teaching, supervision, leading seminars, internal and external cooperation as well as administration. For the first four years, the position will include responsibility for the archaeology subject area, including leading the development of research and graduate programmes. The Professor will be expected to initiate research and establish external contacts, as well as contribute to the development of the university, department and the archaeology division. Teaching and supervision will be required at first-cycle (BA), second-cycle (MA) and third-cycle (PhD) levels. A productive relationship with environmental archaeology and the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory at the department will be essential. As Professor, you will be expected to keep abreast of current developments within archaeology and related subjects, as well as follow social developments that are of significance for the field. The exact composition of the post may vary over time and duties will be assigned according to the department's circumstances and needs, as well as current legislation.

Faculty funded research time and subject representative duties, amounting to 60% full time equivalent, will be included in the position for the first four years. Following this, the general terms for promoted professors at the faculty will be applicable (including the possibility of being appointed as archaeology subject professor with faculty-funded research time and responsibility for subject representative duties).

Eligibility requirements

In order to be qualified for the position as professor of archaeology, a person must have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise in archaeology. For more information regarding eligibility requirements see Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå university.

Evaluation criteria

In the evaluation, attention will be primarily paid to expertise, followed by service merits , see Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå university.

Research expertise implies independent research output, the ability to plan and lead research activities and the ability to communicate research with the outside world. The criteria for assessment are: Breadth and depth of research, including quality and scope, originality of research, productivity, contributions to the international research community, assignments within the research community, as well as the ability to obtain external research funds in the face of competition.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated through independent research output that significantly exceeds that which is required for senior lecturer level.

Expertise in communicating and collaborating with the outside world will be evaluated with regards to relevant external contacts, external collaborative projects, popular scientific work, contributions to external education, as well as experience of other external activities.

Teaching expertise refers to an ability continually to monitor and structure the subject’s body of knowledge, to communicate knowledge, commitment and interest in the subject, and to activate the students’ learning. This assumes extensive subject knowledge and an ability to systematically renew and develop your own expertise. It also assumes knowledge about university students’ learning, an ability to plan, teach, examine and evaluate university education, as well as an ability to support individual and group learning. It also assumes an ability to make use of, analyse and communicate your own and others’ experiences. Teaching expertise also refers to the ability to adopt a reflective approach to your role as a teacher, as well as knowledge of the goals and rules of society for higher education.

Teaching expertise is assessed on the basis of three perspectives: work with students, own educational development and contribution to the development of a department’s teaching portfolio. Teaching expertise must have been acquired within first, second and third-cycle levels. Higher education teacher training or other equivalent relevant training courses must have been taken or documentation of equivalent experience provided. A professor should also have undergone training in doctoral supervision. Teaching qualifications should be documented in a teaching portfolio (see Appendix 4 in the employment regulations).

Within two years of commencing employment, the successful candidate must be able to take on work duties that require the ability to communicate in Swedish.A good knowledge of Swedish (or another Scandinavian language) and English, as well as the ability to teach in these languages, are requirements for employment.

Other assessment criteria include good cooperative skills and other abilities that are considered to constitute a precondition for adequate execution of the tasks described above.

Weighting of evaluation criteria

The content of the position and the needs of the department constitute grounds for the following weighting of evaluation criteria:

Particular importance will be attached to research and teaching expertise. When balancing between these evaluation criteria, greater importance will be ascribed to research expertise.

In the evaluation of research expertise, particular importance will be attached to research expertise within empirical research, either in the field of northern archaeology or landscape and settlement archaeology. Particular importance will also be attached to experience of environmental archaeological, laboratory or interdisciplinary research. When assessing research expertise, particular importance will be attached to the ability to initiate, develop and lead research within archaeology. There will also be considerable emphasis on the applicant’s ability to generate external research funding.

In the evaluation of teaching expertise, particular importance will be attached to breadth of subject expertise, breadth of educational activities and the ability to supervise successfully within graduate programmes.

In addition, importance will be attached to administrative expertise in the evaluation. Other skills that are of significance for developing the subject area are also important, including the ability to develop and manage staff. Importance will also be attached to the ability to develop the subject’s collaboration with other subjects. In addition, importance will be attached to the ability to cooperate and communicate with the outside world.


Information about which documents are to be enclosed with the application can be found here .

Your application must be submitted to Umeå University’s recruitment system not later than 29.09.2017. Log in and apply using the button at the bottom of the page.

Other information

The starting date for the position is 01.07.2018 or by agreement. The place of work is Umeå and a high level of attendance at the department is required.

Umeå University applies positive discrimination of underrepresented gender. There are currently only male teachers in archaeology, and we are therefore keen to receive applications from female applicants.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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