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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geoarchaeology/Archaeobotany/ Environmental Archaeology

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    University of Stavanger
    Biological sciencesBotany
    Environmental scienceOther
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    17/05/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › STAVANGER


Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Archaeology/Geoarchaeology/Archaeobotany at the Museum of Archaeology, Department of Cultural Heritage Management. The position is vacant from 01.01.2021. The appointment is for 2 years of research duties exclusively.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the project: «The Storeggatsunami 6150 BC – a wave of destruction or transformative disruption for a prehistoric society?» funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

The research project will be carried out at the university. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree within relevant academic fields the opportunity for further qualification toward full professorship.

Astrid J. Nyland

About the Storegga-project

Popularly referred to as the Storegga landslide, it caused a tsunami which inundated coastal areas both sides of the North Sea. The physical impacts of the tsunami have been thoroughly investigated by geologists and botanists. However, the societal and human consequences of this likely catastrophic event have not been systematically investigated. This is our project’s point of departure and primary objective.

It is assumed that the impacts of the tsunami were acutely felt by coastal hunter-gatherer groups. However, a tsunami only turns into a disaster if the societies experiencing it are ill equipped to handle its consequences. The way that individuals and communities recover from such an event can tell us a lot about that society; its potential vulnerability, social structures, institutions and inherent capacities. The project is cross-disciplinary, combining archaeology, natural science and modern research on disasters. (Read more about the project here)

The project will consider and explore the immediate and long-term impact of the Storegga tsunami. Our primary aim is to develop new knowledge of societal structures, interaction human-landscape relations, knowledge transmission in technology, use of landscape zones, resources, and settlement in the Mesolithic.

The project’s objective will be point of departure. Hence, the project searches for a Postdoctoral Fellowship who want to join us in investigating and exploring life before and after the Storegga tsunami in the Mesolithic. Our geographical focus will be on selected case study areas along the West coast of South Norway and Scotland. Local studies will complement or contrast cross-regional studies in an attempt to identify ways of reading human responses to major events such as the Storegga tsunami.

The primary focus for the Postdoctoral Fellow is to explore how people and landscape/environment broke, coped and/or regenerated after a tsunami, utilizing the Storegga tsunami as a point of departure. We seek someone willing to investigate whether, and/or which kind of scientific analyses within geoarchaeology/archaeobotany, are best suited to inform on such aspects, and what do we learn? How can such knowledge inform on human societal responses in the face of disaster? Can we detect change in the use of landscape, sites or resources after the wave? Are our data suitable to detect or identify immediate changes in natural preconditions? How fine grained must our data be to trace human impact? Previous research can be compiled and systematically compared, there is funding for taking new samples, and for undertaking new analyses. To seek cooperation with other scholars is also an option.


The applicant must submit a description of a research project, plan for publications and a plan for its completion. It must be clear from the application in what way the project will add to the applicant's competence, but also how it will support the Storegga-project to reach its objectives.

Qualifications requirements:

  • PhD with a specialisation in geoarchaeology, archaeobotany or environmental archaeology is preferred, but applicants specialising in related areas may also be considered. The PhD must be completed and approved no later than the application deadline.
  • skills and experience necessary to undertake geoarchaeological or archaeobotanical analyses, such as especially micromorphology, but also pollenanalyses
  • good command of both oral and written English

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • Relevance, quality and feasibility of the project plan
  • To be able to read Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is beneficial, since there is much information that can be gained from archaeological reports where natural science based analyses have been utilized to trace the Storegga tsunami on sites from Western Norway.
  • We are seeking someone who will or has shown willingness and ability to publish in international high-ranking journals
  • International experience and network
  • The applicant's personal skills for completing projects within timeframes
  • Good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units.
  • Personal skills and motivation for the position

Qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research will be given emphasis in appointments to academic positions at the University.

Marte Pupe Støyva


We offer

  • to be included in the project council of an exciting NRC-funded project of potentially great impact
  • office facilities, PC, etc. at the Museum of Archaeology, UiS
  • varied duties 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, l.pl 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530 000 - 590 000 gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position. A higher salary may be considered in special cases.
  • 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 university sports club
  • 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 in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses

General information

See "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident" at the University of Stavanger.

It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence which enables him or her to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.

Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from project leader Dr. Astrid J. Nyland, mob: (+47) 48121381, e-mail: astrid.j.nyland@uis.no

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR adviser Janne V. Endresen, tel: (+47) 51831216, e-mail: janne.v.endresen@uis.no.


To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience.

The following additional documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • Cover letter with presentation of the candidate. Including motivations for applying the position, an outline of required skills, techniques and methods, as well as previous application of them.
  • Project proposal including an outline of two or more papers presenting ideas to how the projects theme can be explored and new knowledge generated with applied methods (max 5 pages/ around 3000 words, normal font, space and margins). Also include a suggestive time schedule for completion.
  • CV and list of previous or in press publications.
  • 3-6 of the applicant’s (considers to be) her/his most relevant publications
  • Certificates/diplomas
  • Other documentation that you consider relevant

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. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application deadline.

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.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.


UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,800 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The museum 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 75 permanent employees in four departments and in the museum administration.

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