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The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, Faculty of Humanities Social Sciences.

The PhD Fellow will have its daily workplace at campus Tromsø.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distrubuted as 25 % each year, and will consist of teaching and other duties for the faculty.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor
(PhD) are available at the following address:
Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology (AHR)

The Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology (AHR) is part of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. The department has 29 permanent academic positions, of which 8 are in archaeology, 14 are in history, 4 are in religious studies, and 3 are in theology. The academic staff of the Department teaches and gives supervision to students at all levels from bachelor to PhD. AHR is an active research community with 15 research fellows and 1 postdoctoral research fellow in various academic fields.

The archaeology section of the department has an international profile, with 16 employees, of which five PhD candidates and one postdoc. Our research encompasses a wide variety of cultural historical topics, Sámi archaeology, theoretical and methodological approaches, environmental sciences, cultural heritage issues, and contemporary archaeology. The research is predominantly performed within research groups and projects.

The research environment has been pivotal in the development of Sámi archaeology and constitutes the prime research environment for such studies internationally. The majority of the permanent academic staff has Sámi archaeology as part of their research portfolio. The department has a long-standing cooperation with UiT's Centre for Sámi Studies and Arctic University Museum concerning research on Sámi issues.
Research scope

The position is funded by UiT as part of the university’s commitment to strengthen Sámi archaeology. This term covers a broad field of archaeological research that in different ways concern past and present Sámi societies. Nevertheless, this research is affected by geographical and chronological biases, and studies to remedy this are encouraged. This also includes innovative theoretical and methodological as well as cross-disciplinary approaches that open new possibilities to understand processes and connections in Sámi pasts.

Accordingly, the research scope of the position covers a wide variety of thematic fields. This may include but is not restricted to geographically complementary studies of Sámi settlement and demographics, economic and social aspects of domestication and human-animal relationships, strategies for and consequences of encounters with non-Sámi societies, religious and social material articulation, Sámi ethnogenesis, and questions relating to repatriation and Sámi cultural heritage.

The position is widely defined chronologically though we welcome studies addressing periods that have been less explored archaeologically. It is expected that the empirical material grounding the study is available in existing collections and/or supplied through the candidate's own archaeological investigations.
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For further information about the position, please contact Professor Bjørnar Olsen:

- phone: +47 776 44365
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or Head of Department John McNicol:

- phone: +47 776 44361
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We offer

A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
Pension scheme through the state pension fund

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!

The position requires a Master’s degree or equivalent in Archaeology with a grade average of B. If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position.

Documented knowledge of English as stated here is required. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language or Finnish is an advantage. Knowledge of Sámi language is an advantage if it is relevant for the proposed project

Emphasis will be put on the candidate's potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

The position requires admission to the Faculty's PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here:

The application must be submitted electronically via and shall include:

Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
Documentation on English proficiency. This website states how English profiency shall be documented
Written references
Contact information to 1-3 references
Master thesis, and any other academic works
Project description, template for project description can be found here: "Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning" -> "Opptak" -> "Krav til opptakssøknaden" -> "Mal for prosjektbeskrivelse" -> choose 'english'

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Applications submitted by email or through any other channels, will not be taken into consideration.

All documentation to be considered in the evaluation, has to be submitted within the deadline.
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The assessment will emphasize academic performance, motivation and personal suitability for the position. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole. During the assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research, as shown by the Master’s thesis and other academic works, relevant research experience and academic performance and teaching experience and/or qualifications. Teaching experience and/or qualifications will be considered an advantage. In addition, we may consider work experience or other activities of significance for the PhD studies.
General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.
UiT - Developing the high north

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.
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30th September 2020

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languages: english mandatory
scandinavian languages or finnish advantagous