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PhD position in Coastal Archaeology
UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

Through robust and close interaction with the world around us – globally, nationally and locally – we shall be instrumental in building a society based on knowledge, skills and attitudes.

PhD position in Coastal Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies invites applications for a PhD position in coastal archaeology, commencing August 1st, 2023, or as agreed. This position is for a fixed-term period of four years.

The successful applicant will join the discipline of Archaeology and the Humans and Materiality research group at the Department. We have a research environment with a long-standing interest in human–sea interactions and coastal life (exemplified for instance in our ongoing field project “11,000 years on Hjartøy: Stone Age settlements – seasonal structures – fisher-farmers and the age of oil”, run in tight collaboration with Section for Cultural Heritage at the University Museum). Among the themes we explore are changing preferences in landscape use across the Stone Age; new foci in marine landscape exploitation with the establishment of farming; seasonal uses of islands for maritime hunting and fishing linked to the development of hierarchical political structures in the Iron Age (and their expansion into the North Atlantic); the collapse of this kind of socio-economic system with the rise of medieval urban centres; early modern globalization; 20th century industrial installations; and the challenges of recent climate change and pollution.
Qualifications and personal qualities:

The applicant must hold a Norwegian master’s degree or the equivalent foreign degree in Archaeology. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who document a foreign degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and The Faculty of Humanities’ PhD Programme plan.
The applicant must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Applicants must submit a proposal for a research project that will result in a doctoral dissertation.

Applicants will be evaluated according to admission requirements in The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Program pt. 2.1.

In assessing the applications, the academic quality and feasibility of the proposed PhD project and the academic qualifications of the candidate will be considered. Further emphasis is also placed on strategic considerations, motivation, and the applicant's personal eligibility.
About the PhD position:

The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies for for a career in academia and for other forms of employment that require high analytical skills. The duration of the PhD position is four years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results, and administration. The plan for this part of the position is developed in collaboration with the Department at the very beginning of the employment period.

The successful applicant’s research project will address a theme connected to maritime and coastal life, including the importance of the outer coast and its islands, whose social and economic significance remains under-researched.

The aim is to contextualise the rich archaeological record of western Norway in a comparative inter-regional perspective, highlighting its potential for contributing to research in coastal archaeology more generally. This is to be achieved by focusing on a significant instance of change (for example in material culture traditions, human-environment interaction, or another suitable topic). One or more of the following archaeological periods can be covered: Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval period, Early Modern and contemporary periods.

We invite projects focusing on either:

Material culture and technology (e.g. development of fishing gear or ship-building; tracing of artefact-based contact networks along the coast and between the coast and inland).
Architecture (e.g. long-term trends in the design and siting of seasonal structures, of ship- and boat-related installations or of features related to marine resource processing).
Landscape (e.g. changing patterns in site location; links between settlement patterns and marine productivity; marine resource management; human impact on the environment, human adaptations to environmental change; human-animal interactions).

or a combination thereof.

Please see the discipline’s ( and the research group’s website ( for more information about the group’s ongoing projects, members, and areas of expertise.

Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen are not eligible for employment.

The employment period may be reduced for candidates who have previously been employed in a recruitment position at other institutions.

The PhD position demands that the applicant has their regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.
About the research training:

As a PhD candidate you must participate in the Faculty of Humanities’ educational programme. The programme consists of completing a training component of 30 ECTS, annual progress reporting and an approved midway evaluation. Click here for additional details on the content and requirements of the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.
We can offer:

A good and professionally challenging working environment.
Salary at pay grade 54 (code 1017) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 501 200 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
Good welfare benefits

How to apply for the job:

Apply electronically via the link "APPLY FOR THIS JOB". Applicants are required to use the electronic CV form.

The following information must be enclosed:

A project proposal (of up to five pages/12.000 characters, when bibliography is not included). The project proposal should clearly describe the research project, including research background, main research questions, theory, method, materials to be used, ethical considerations etc.
A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. This must contain information about the number of ECTS of the master’s degree, or be followed by an official and personalized confirmation with this information issued by the awarding institution.
A short summary of the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis (up to three pages).
Relevant certificates/references.
A well-thought-out progress plan for the project.
Bibliography for the proposed project. 
A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
Publications in your name (up to three works). 
The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.

The application and attachments need to be in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language or English. Documents in other languages need to be uploaded together with a certified translation into English (or a Scandinavian language). Attachments can be in either a Word or a PDF-format and must be uploaded to Jobbnorge within the application deadline.
General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Teemu Ryymin, e-mail: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, phone: 55 58 38 79 or Daniela Hofmann, e-mail: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, phone: 55 58 22 06.

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

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 applicants. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

For further information about the appointment process, click here.
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About UiB

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

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11th April 2023

University of Bergen



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