The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

PhD in medieval archaeology

This job offer has expired

    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    HistoryMedieval history
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    18/10/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim


This is NTNU

At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 7 400 employees and 42 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD in Medieval archaeology

The NTNU University Museum is seeking a highly qualified, ambitious and motivated candidate for a PhD position on the networked origins of medieval Trondheim (Nidaros). 

This position is a fixed term, full time (100 %) position for 4 years and it will devote 25% of the period to required duty work. 

This studentship will draw on the extraordinary artefact and ecofact collections of the science museum within Norway’s largest University, NTNU, and on extensive fieldwork and surveys in the Trøndelag region from which resources such as timber, stone, iron, antler, fish and fur were drawn to fuel both urban origins and international trade. Concurrently, it will consider the origins, acquisition, and ultimate destinations of distant (including arctic) products that flowed through this northernmost major town of the Viking and medieval world. The project will reveal why Trondheim emerged where and when it did, viewed not only in political and ecclesiastical context, but also through the trade of valuable materials from outfield, sea and mountain.

It will ask what roles Trondheim held within an increasingly interconnected world – and what urbanism may have meant in the Middle Ages, seen from the perspective of material flows. Depending on the background and interests of the successful candidate, the project could develop a methodological focus based on landscape archaeology (including GIS), artefact analysis (including material science) or ecofact analysis (including provenancing using stable isotope analysis).

The studentship is based in the dynamic and expanding Department of Archaeology and Cultural History in the beautiful cathedral city of Trondheim. Supporting expertise is available from the Trondheim-based Geological Survey of Norway and the university’s National Laboratory for Age Determination. Opportunities exist for supplementary study with international partners, including Cambridge. 


You will report to Head of Department.

Project outline

Your application must include a short outline (max 3 pages) describing your research interests within the outline of the position.

The outline should suggest research questions you want to pursue, their relevance, and the theoretical and methodological approach you plan to follow. This outline is part of the application assessment. Applicants are required to justify their candidateship by explicitly explaining their personal motivation and academic aptitude for pursuing a doctoral degree within this research field (general applications will not be considered).

During the first three months of the employment period, you will develop your proposal to a final research proposal in cooperation with your supervisors. The successful PhD candidate will be supervised by an interdisciplinary research group.

Duties of the position

  • follow the PhD study according to NTNU expectations and regulations
  • publish scientific work in relevant journals and at conferences
  • complete a PhD thesis within 4 years

Required selection criteria


The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in ieval archaeology or other relevant disciplines, or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)

IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)

CAE/CPE: grade B or A

Personal characteristics

  • strong analytical skills
  • strong ability to express research work and results in English, both written and orally
  • flexible and dependable
  • collaborative
  • highly motivated and hard working

Academic results, outline, work or research experience, personal qualifications and motivation will be considered when evaluating the applicants.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years and it will devote 25% of the period to required duties in agreement with the department, usually in the form of teaching, public outreach or work in the Museum’s collections. This will be detailed in your employee contract if applicable.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme at Faculty of Humanities within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application must be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no with:

1. Preliminary research outline

2. CV including a list of publications

3. Copies of both Bachelor and Master degrees

4. Copies of publications or other relevant scientific work authored by the applicant

5. Copies of transcripts (including copies of documentation on English language proficiency test for non-English applicants, if available)

6. Contact information for at least two references willing to provide letters upon request

7. A statement/cover letter detailing how this position would match the interests, experience and career plan of the applicant

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or a Scandinavian language

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department Bernt Rundberget bernt.rundberget@ntnu.no

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR by Anne Karin Henning, anne.karin.henning@ntnu.no

Application deadline: 18.10.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Archaeology and Cultural History

Our most important field of research is cultural history and cultural heritage, technology and methods of spatial analysis, and conservation in practice. In terms of the Cultural Heritage Act, we conduct archaeological surveys and excavations both on land and in water. Heritage management duties also include preservation and curation of cultural heritage archives and collections. We conduct extensive dissemination and outreach, and educate archaeologists in cooperation with the Department of Historical Studies. The Department of Archaeology and Cultural History is one of two departments at the NTNU University Museum. 

More Information

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Open, Transparent, Merit based Recruitment procedures of Researchers (OTM-R)

Know more about it at NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Know more about OTM-R

EURAXESS offer ID: 559420


The responsibility for the jobs published on this website, including the job description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.


Please contact support@euraxess.org if you wish to download all jobs in XML.