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At the Department of Historical Studies, which belongs to the Faculty of
Humanities, education and research are conducted in the three subjects of
History, Archaeology and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. Education
is offered at all levels, from the undergraduate to the PhD student level. The
research takes place both within the individual subjects and in major
interdisciplinary projects, where national and international collaboration is
an important element. The department currently has nearly 100 employees in the
form of researchers, lecturers, doctoral students and administrators. More
information about the department and the subject of Archaeology can be found
on our website https: // www. gu.se/en/historical-studies
This position is funded by a recent EU Synergy grant awarded to UCL and
Gothenburg and Copenhagen Universities. The person appointed will be a member
of an international team developing interdisciplinary approaches to achieve
the project's aims. The successful applicant will be employed by the
Department of Historical studies in Gothenburg.
Application of 87Sr/86Sr isotope research within the field of Archeological
From correlations to explanations: towards a new European prehistory
Synergy projects represent the top level of European Research Council funding,
with a budget of €10 million over six years. In the project “ From
correlations to explanations: towards a new European prehistory (COREX)”
geneticists and archaeologists from University College London (led by Mark
Thomas and Stephen Shennan) join forces with archaeologists from Gothenburg
(led by Kristian Kristiansen and Karl Göran Sjögren), and geneticists from
Copenhagen (led by Kurt Kjær, Eske Willerslev and Fernando Racimo). The
project will combine prehistoric human genomic, archaeological, environmental,
stable isotope and climate data to better understand the processes that shaped
our biological and cultural past from the time of the first farmers to the
Iron Age (6000 to 500 BC).
To apply strontium isotope analyses on selected archaeological problems
relating to the overall aims of the COREX project, leading to the
production of a PhD thesis at the university of Gothenburg. The problems
to be addressed may be discussed but should involve interpretation of
prehistoric mobility patterns. Possible themes could be temporal
development of mobility in selected regions, differentiation of mobility
according to social categories, or the development of methods to identify
different types and functions of mobility in archaeological material.
To aid in the construction of a European-wide database of strontium
To collaborate with other team members on Work Package 1, which aims to
integrate existing and newly collected large-scale archaeological data,
existing ancient genomes, dietary and mobility isotope results, land cover
inferred from pollen diagrams, and new eDNA results. This will provide the
basis for exploring the relations between patterns in these different
phenomena and modelling how small-scale processes can generate large-scale
patterns in genetic and cultural data.
Duties and responsibilities
collaborate with other team members in carrying out data collection, data
analyses, writing papers and making conference presentations.
take part in regular project meetings, online and (hopefully) in person
in London, Gothenburg and Copenhagen.
The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of
full-time postgraduate education and may be extended after institutional
service, e.g., teaching, by a maximum of 20% in accordance with HF 5, section
5, section 7, doctoral student employment.
To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and
specific entry requirements according to the Higher Education Ordinance,
The general entry requirements for third-cycle (PhD) studies are:
a degree at the second-cycle level, or
at least 240 higher education (university) credits (HEC), of which at least 60 HEC must be at the second-cycle level, or
largely equivalent knowledge acquired in other ways in Sweden or abroad
The specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Archaeology are
at least 120 HEC in Archaeology, of which at least 30 HEC (including a degree
project of at least 15 HEC) must have been completed in the second cycle, or
The subject of the Master thesis and/or other research publications should
be in a research area relevant to the subject area and preferably involve
discussions on prehistoric mobility.
Experience of working with quantitative archaeological data.
IT skills, particularly database management and statistical evaluation.
Knowledge of European languages other than English and Swedish is
According to the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 7, applicants will be
assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programmes
and on the Department's supervisory resources.
Scientific proficiency will be given priority in the evaluation of the
qualifications of the applicants, and it is assessed primarily on the basis of
the applicant's publications. A publication record demonstrating links to the
research group's core activities will be considered an important
qualification. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.
The recruitment process may include interviews by video link and contacting
The applications are reviewed by an advisory committee and final decisions on
admission are made by the Head of Department. Decisions on admission are
announced in early May and cannot be appealed.
Type of employment: 4 years
Extent: 100% (full-time)
Location: Department of Historical Studies, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 2022-09-01
After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral
studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS
1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An
appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may
be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total
employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time
third-cycle study for four years.
Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the
For further information regarding the position
Kristian Kristiansen, PI COREX
+46 704 18 57 67
Karl-Göran Sjögren, supervisor COREX
Lise-Lotte Walter, Administrative manager
+46 31 786 65 73
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:
https: // www. gu.se/en/about-the-university/work-at-the-university-of-
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How to apply
To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register
an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the
applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the
instructions in the position advertisement, and that it is submitted before
the closing date. Incomplete applications or changes/additions submitted after
the deadline will not be considered.
Please register your application electronically under ‘Apply online'. For the
application to be considered complete it must include:
A cover letter (max 1000 words) specifying how the candidate is qualified for the research that the position involves. The letter should consist of four sections in the following order: a) a brief presentation of yourself, b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a summary of the intended research project and d) a short motivation why the doctoral studies program at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg is of interest to you.
A project proposal briefly outlining the suggested PhD thesis and how it relates to the overall aims of COREX. The proposal should a) demonstrate an ability to formulate scientific problems and to establish the relevance of the project, b) show familiarity with previous and current research, c) describe appropriate sources and methods for the study and d) provide a brief time schedule for the project. The project description should not exceed 3,000 words (approx. 6–7 pages), including abstract, excluding bibliography.
A verified Masters degree certificate.
A CV listing academic degrees, employments, publications, and other relevant merits.
At most three scientific publications, plus a second-cycle thesis (normally the final examination thesis from a Masters program) or another major independently authored scholarly text (e.g., a published article).
Contact information for two academics familiar with the research work of the applicant for further contact/reference.
Please note that submitted documents – transcripts, essays and project
descriptions – will normally only be considered if they are in Swedish,
Danish, Norwegian, English, or Spanish or if translations into any of those
languages are also provided.
Closing date: 2022-02-14
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the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed
and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.
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