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PhD Fellowship in Archaeology / Late Medieval History

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    University of Stavanger
    HistoryMedieval history
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    19/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › STAVANGER


Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a PhD Fellowship in Archaeology/Late Medieval history at the Museum of Archaeology, The Department of Cultural Heritage.

The position is vacant from 1. February 2022. The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development through a PhD education leading to a doctoral degree.

The hired candidate will be admitted to the PhD program in Social Sciences. The education includes relevant courses to about six months of study, a dissertation based on independent research, participation in national and international research environments, relevant academic communication, a trial lecture and public defence. Read more about the PhD education at UiS on our website.

The position is part of the project «Viking beacons - Militarism in northern Europe», funded by Research Council Norway (RCN).

About the project

The project «Viking beacons - Militarism in northern Europe» will study beacons; the Vikings warning or signalling system for imminent threats. Traces of these warning systems based on light signals are important documentations of the Vikings' fears and preparedness. The main hypothesis is that the Vikings highly advanced form of civil defence was an important driving force in the shaping of centralised power in early historic Europe (AD 500-1600). The primary research question is what was the role of war in the creation, consolidation and maintenance of collective identities, emergent polities and kingdoms in early medieval northern European populations and communities.

The project will identify beacon sites and beacon networks in the Viking homelands through analysis of archaeological, historical, linguistic and geographical evidence from selected case studies in northern Europe. Through beacon systems, we can study how Viking societies prepared for war and attacks, and how civil society and groups contributed to organise the beacons, across communities and law areas. In this way, the project will also challenge the assumptions about the Vikings' aggressive male warrior society.

The project combines knowledge and methods from several disciplines, such as archaeology, history, geography and science.

The project is searching for a PhD Fellow who will study beacons and military infrastructure in the period 500-1600 AD in northern Europe. The project can generate data through studies of e.g. archaeological and historical sources, place names, laws, and maps, to study the beacon’s social and military organisation.

The candidate can explore, use or combine different approaches and methods, for example GIS based analyses, landscape  modelling, or other geographical analysis methods.

The PhD candidate is expected to generate knowledge that contributes to the candidate's own competence development, as well as to produce results that the overall project can benefit from. The PhD candidate is considered part of the project group and will be involved in the project as a whole, participate in meetings and workshops and contribute to the dissemination of research. The research fellow can complete an exchange stay at one of the project council member institutions (University College London, England) during the project period.

Project proposal

As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary project proposal of 3-5 pages for a doctoral project within the subject area, which explains the problem, relevance, theoretical and methodological approach. The project should also include a progress plan. Your preliminary project proposal will be included in the application assessment.

During the first three months of the employment period, the project proposal and progress plan will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final plan for the PhD-project. A project proposal template can be found here.

The project proposal shall describe a project that  contributes to support the main project's aims and goals and should also promote an experience of ownership for the candidate. 


Qualification requirements

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within archaeology, history or similar education, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade. 

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F, and/or with other types of credits than sp/ECTS, must attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale and a Diploma Supplement or similar that explains the scope of the subject that are included in the education. You can use these conversion scales  to calculate your points for admission. The master degree should be NOKUT approved.

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • your professional and personal skills for completing the doctoral degree within the timeframe
  • ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • ability to work structured and handle a heavy workload
  • having a good command of both oral and written English. The PhD thesis will be written in English.

Knowledge of GIS-based methods is an advantage, but there are competent researchers in the project council that can offer guidance. 

We offer

  • a possibility to participate in a new and exciting interdisciplinary and international RCN-project
  • a PhD education 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 17.515, code 1017, NOK 491 200 gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • 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 SIS sports club at campus
  • 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
  • language courses: On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up “language courses” under employment conditions)


University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.

You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

Contact information

More information on the position and project description can be obtained from project leader Dr. Marie Ødegaard, tel: + 47 92425068, e-mail: marie.odegaard@uis.no or Head of Department Krister Scheie Eilertsen, tel: + 47 98826959, e-mail: krister.eilertsen@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". A short application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. 

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • A cover letter presenting the candidate, her/his skills, motivations and ambitions for wanting a PhD and applying for this one.
  • 3-5 pages project proposal, a project proposal template can be foud here. The proposal should outline a project you wish to work on that also supports the main project's aims and goals. 
  • Summary/"abstract" of the master thesis in english (max 1 page)
  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • References, certificates/diplomas and other documentation that you consider relevant
  • Diploma Supplement or similar and a confirmed conversion scale if this is required
  • Publications or other relevant research work (posters, conference papers etc.)

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above and that you have attached the necessary documentation. 

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.

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. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

General information

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 UiS. 

Employment as PhD Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a relevant centre of research.

It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

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.


UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,900 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.

In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.

Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Museum of Archaology 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 90 permanent employees in four departments and in the museum administration.

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