Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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    University of Bergen
    Biological sciencesZoology
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    07/07/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Bergen


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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Palaeozoology (Zooarchaeology/Osteology)

We announce a full-time postdoctoral position (24 months) connected to the Osteological Collections at the Department of Natural History of the University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen. The department has scientific and curatorial responsibility for the botanical, geological and zoological collections of the museum. The department currently has around 70 employees in total, including a permanent scientific staff of 16.

The Osteological Collections host bone assemblages from approximately1800 archaeological excavations in Norway, in total millions of bones. The research at the collection is dominantly on these sub-fossil bones. Additionally, there are extensive collections of modern skeletons of fishes, birds and mammals, which serve as research objects in themselves, as well as comparative material for use in the palaeoresearch. The collection has up-to-date research facilities, and the staff have extensive collaboration networks nationally and internationally.

The postdoc will be part of a larger interdisciplinary research project The impact of food culture in Medieval Towns (FOODIMPACT), which is led by the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo and headed by Professor Marianne Vedeler, and where Department of Natural History at the University Museum University of Bergen is a partner. The postdoctoral fellow will have his/her working place at The Osteological Collections, Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, and will collaborate with Professor Anne Karin Hufthammer.

About the project/work tasks:

FOODIMPACT is an interdisciplinary project including archaeology, palaeobotany, palaeozoology, analytical chemistry, genetics and isotopic studies. Together, the group provides a venue for a new approach to the investigation of urban food culture over a long time span. A starting hypothesis is that an urban food culture developed in Norwegian towns in the Middle Ages, but we question whether the food traditions differed between towns. The project has three research strands: 1) Food and social differentiation in medieval Oslo, 2) the food relationship between the medieval town, international trading and the hinterland, 3) Urban Food Culture, comparative perspectives. addition to including several well-published localities, the project will revitalize comprehensive bone assemblages that were collected in the 1980s. The bones have been identified, but never studied in detail. Furthermore, bone assemblages from Bergen, from the hinterland of Oslo, as well as assemblages from more resent excavations in Oslo, will be included in the project.

Bone assemblages from archaeological excavations in Oslo are key data in the project.

Applicants are expected to submit a project plan, which describes how her/his competence contributes to the FOODIMPACT project (https://www.khm.uio.no/forskning/prosjekter/foodimpact/index.html) and the activities described above.

A progress plan, and a plan for publishing results will be made in collaboration between the successful applicant and Professor Hufthammer, in cooperation with Professor Vedeler. The post-doc is expected to conduct research and develop publications in close collaborations with other academic and user partners in the project.

Qualifications and personal qualities:


  • PhD or equivalent degree in Palaeozoology/Osteology/Zooarchaeology. The doctoral thesis must have been submitted for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition for employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • A strong academic background and a demonstrated ability to publish research at a high international level.
  • Extensive experience in identifying vertebrate bones -especially mammals, birds and fishes- and extensive experience in palaeozoological analyses, e.g. skeletal morphology, morphometrics, pathology, trauma and taphonomy.
  • Statistics and data analysis skills.
  • Database experience.
  • Experience with aDNA and isotopic sampling and/or analyses is an advantage.

Personal attributes:

  • Capacity to work independently in a well-structured manner and good cooperative skills.
  • Enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity.
  • Drive, commitment and punctuality.


We seek candidates with the potential to mobilize the Museum’s collections in their research. The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment and network and contribute to its development.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

Postdoctoral fellowships are fixed term positions and the main goal of the positions is to qualify the successful candidate for academic top positions. The duration of this postdoctoral position is two years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

The successful applicant shall prepare a plan for qualifying for top academic positions in consultation with the project manager/supervisor and the Head of Department.

It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary in accordance with pay grade 60 (Code 1352/Pay range 24) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 532.300 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise.
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • A project plan (max. 3 pages) describing the relevant competence of the candidate, and how this competence contributes to the FOODIMPACT project. This should include both theoretical and methodological competence. Please consult the brief project description (see link above) when making this statement.
  • An academic CV including relevant education and experience.
  • List of publications.
  • Up to 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered (these can be dissertation chapters).
  • Certified copies of all relevant transcripts, diplomas and certificates. Documentation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted/awarded.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons.


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded in our electronic recruiting system, Jobbnorge.

In the assessment, main emphasis will be on qualifications, relevant experience, and the project plan and its relevance to FOODIMPACT. The candidate’s motivation and personal suitability will also weigh in.

The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. The successful candidate is expected to start during the last quartile of 2020.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Anne Karin Hufthammer, email anne.hufthammer@uib.no, or Head of Department, Aino Hosia, email aino.hosia@uib.no.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.



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