Postdoc in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Lund University


November 1, 2021


Lund University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have around 700 employees and around 4000 students.

The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University is one of the oldest and largest archaeology departments in Sweden, and one of the top 100 in the world according to the QS World University Ranking. We provide a lively environment for research and teaching and have done so since 1805.

The department covers four subjects: Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology, Historical Archaeology and Historical Osteology. The subjects cooperate with each other, while having different backgrounds with respect to history of ideas and are working partly with different source materials, methods and theoretical perspectives. This is the department's strength from both a research and education perspective. Our students therefore often choose to combine our different subjects in their studies in order to obtain a personalised degree.

About the subject

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History is the study of the Mediterranean cultures in the historical period of Antiquity. Emphasis is on the cultures of Greece and Rome, during the early historical and prehistorical periods, as well as the links between these cultures and those in Egypt, Western Asia and Europe north of the Alps. The subject is multidisciplinary in nature and offers various disciplinary and theoretical approaches. A basic tenet of the subject is that is covers the study of both materials and texts.

The research in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History currently being conducted at Lund University addresses several different areas but deals primarily with the history, religion, art, architecture and material culture of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean world, from the Archaic period to the early imperial period, as well as broader cultural and societal phenomena and processes.

We are now announcing a vacancy for a two-year position as a postdoc researcher in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. With this appointment, we aim to develop the research environment at the division for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and to reinforce the subject's research profile over the long term.


During the two-year period, the postdoc will be expected to conduct independent research that opens up contact interfaces with the other researchers at the division and provides opportunities for exchange of knowledge and collaboration. We are looking for intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise and skills that complement and enrich the research and teaching environment at the department. In addition, the postdoc will work with strategic research applications that benefit both their own research profile and that of the subject. This work is mainly to be done at the department and to enable active scholarly exchange and collaboration.

Teaching, supervision and other administrative duties comprise a maximum of 20 % of the position.

Required qualifications

The candidate must have been awarded a Ph.D. or an international degree deemed equivalent not more than three years before the application deadline. If the degree was awarded earlier, the candidate must provide certificates of parental leave, illness or similar reasons for leave in the application. Excellent and documented English language skills are a requirement.

Assessment criteria

The grounds for assessment are a good ability to develop and conduct high- quality research, and teaching skills. The main criterion for a postdoctoral fellowship is research expertise. In all other respects, the assessment will be based on the requirements specified for the post. As documentation for the assessment of qualifications, applicants are to submit a project plan of the research they intend to carry out during their appointment. Only applicants whose research plan and previous work could strengthen the research team and the project as a whole will be considered for the position of postdoc.

Desirable qualifications in descending order of importance:

  • Doctoral degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (or equivalent subject)
  • Documented experience of combining archaeological and written sources
  • Documented ability to collaborate
  • The application must include:

  • A CV and copy of the Ph.D. degree.
  • A list of publications (including DOI, ISBN or ISSN numbers).
  • A signed plan of no more than 1500 words (not including list of references) of the research project the candidate intends to pursue during the fellowship
  • The research plan is to contain a description of:

  • Aim and research question.
  • Theory and method.
  • Relation to the international research front including the most important international work in the field of research.
  • Schedule and expected results.
  • The applicant's qualifications and competence to conduct the project.
  • The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions above and for submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal.


    The appointment is a fixed-term position for a maximum of two years and is full time in accordance with “Agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoc” between labour market parties dated 4 September 2008 (Swedish Agency for Government Employers, OFRs, SACO-S and SEKO).

    Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 1 February 2022 or by agreement Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2021/2467 Contact

  • Martin Hansson, Head of Department, https:// www.
  • Henrik Gerding, Professor, https:// www.
  • Johanna Johansson, Faculty coordinator, https: // www.
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • Published 13.Sep.2021 Last application date 01.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET

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