PhD Position in Archaeology
Uppsala University Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

PhD student in Uppsala University’s interdisciplinary graduate school in sustainable development (Archaeology)

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

The Department of Archeology and Antiquity is a multi-disciplinary institution that has a fruitful cooperation between the disciplines involved. At the department there is teaching and research in the subjects of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology, Osteology, Egyptology and Global Environmental History. The department is located at Uppsala and in Visby (Campus Gotland). More information about the department’s activities can be found at

Uppsala University is establishing a new graduate school in sustainable development. The main mission of the graduate school is to conduct research based on key social challenges, where local relevance meets international excellence. The research will include changed energy systems, sustainable consumption and destinations development, and will address significant issues such as conservation and change, as well as the definition and management of resources. The graduate school is rooted in ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations in research and education, conducted in an international environment. Uppsala University Campus Gotland, where the graduate school is located, is a hub for the University's research and education in sustainability. We work with international partners, visiting researchers and local players with a special focus on knowledge development to cope with the changes needed to live well during climate change. As a PhD student, you will be part of this interdisciplinary research environment. You will also benefit from the courses, seminars and first-class doctoral supervision offered at the graduate school.

Description of position and project: A PhD position in Archaeology is hereby announced. This postgraduate position covers four years and is financed with employment as a doctoral student. The PhD candidate in archaeology will work jointly with a PhD candidate from the research program for Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at the Department of Earth Sciences within the frames of the interdisciplinary project Fisheries and coastal development in small island context - the past, present and future. This project investigates marine resources and coastal zones in a long-term perspective with the focus on the use of marine assets, loss of biodiversity and climate change. A common research question is how the coastal zone and the marine resources, especially fisheries, have developed and changed over time and what their current status is. The results will form a base to develop strategies for a future sustainable management of the costal zones and fisheries. The special assignment for the PhD candidate of Archaeology is to analyze archaeological assemblages of fish bones from various time frames and to connect the results to an analysis of global and local climate change data and various forms of managements of these resources. The project focuses on Gotland Island in the Baltic Sea but with comparative case studies from small island contexts in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In this interdisciplinary project, the successful applicant will interact closely with the PhD student from the Department of Earth Sciences as well as with other PhD students in the research school. 

Entry requirements: Basic qualifications are seen as a) having passed a degree at advanced level; b) completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 at an advanced level; c) have approved results at first-level courses of at least 90 higher education credits in archaeology. Competent is also the person who, in another way within or outside the country, has acquired essentially equivalent knowledge. Regarding special qualifications, the applicant is required to meet the requirements for the advanced level of the relevant postgraduate education subject.

Position: The successful candidate will pursue their doctoral studies full-time at Campus Gotland, Uppsala University and is expected to participate actively in weekly seminars and workshops, etc. at the department and within the research programme.

The position is a 4-year full-time employment which qualifies for all Swedish social benefits, such as paid parental leave. The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20 % of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally).

Additional desirable qualifications: A specialisation in Sustainable Development or Education for Sustainable Development, GIS and handling of digital data, zoo-osteology, marine biology and fluency in the English language (written and spoken) are considered as additional criteria that are considered when evaluating the applications.

Application: Your application can be written in English or Swedish and should include: 1) a brief CV, outlining your academic progress to date, 2) a copy of your MA thesis, 4) a statement of max 1500 words of your background and interest in the specific research task 3) an authorized copy of your Master’s degree and course grades, 4) name and e-mail addresses of at least two referees. 

For information and regulations, see:

  • The Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, 8 and 9,
  • The guidelines for PhD education of Uppsala University,
  • General information and the guidelines of the Faculty of Arts, and
  • Information on the PhD education program at the department.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 17-08-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Head of Department Susanne Carlsson, phone 018-471 2086, Professor Helene Martinsson-Wallin +46(0)498108314

Please submit your application by 15 September 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1084.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1084

Last application date: 2020-09-15

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