Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Type of position: Full time position, four years.

Do you want to make a contribution to the sustainable management of European Landscapes? And do research in TerraNova’s northern European field laboratory field laboratory? Please apply at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Uppsala University offers the following position, starting from 1 October 2019 and limited for 48 months, (36 months TerraNova, 12 months Uppsala University). The position is offered within the EU Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks in the project “The European Landscape Learning Initiative: Past and Future Environments and Energy Regimes shaping Policy Tools-TerraNova”.

Job description
The PhD position is part of the European Training Network TERRANOVA (H2020 ITN) in which 15 PhD fellows will collaborate to increase long-term understanding of landscape histories and land use strategies in Europe. This PhD will investigate detailed archaeological reconstructions and analyses of human occupation history, settlement patterns and land use systems of prehistoric and early historic societies, located in Romania, with special focus on the long-term impact of human land-use on fluvial systems. As a PhD student you will conceptualise, investigate and model river valley landscapes as systemic links between upland and lowland areas and reconstruct the long-term impact of human land use in relation to variable ecological conditions over the Holocene and into the Anthropocene. The PhD will identify the most significant drivers of change in regional human-environmental interactions in the southeast European fluvial landscape and deliver a synthesis.

The ESR will be jointly supervised by Dr. Karl-Johan Lindholm (Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University), Dr. George Bodi Howard (Institute of Archaeology, Iasi, Romania) and Dr. Orieta Hulea (WWF). Three secondments will take place at WWF in the Danube delta landscape, and to ARFI, Iasi, Romania and to University of Plymouth.

Your duties

  • analyse literature, conduct regional analysis and agent-based modelling
  • publish scientific papers and deliver synthesis
  • interact and collaborate with other PhD students in the project
  • interpret and reconstruct scientific analysis in terms of landscape histories and (shifts in) energy regimes 


  • outstanding MA/MSc (or equivalent degree) in Archaeology, Geography or related fields
  • previous experience in working with Geographical Information Systems
  • interdisciplinary skills and strong interest in environmental issues, land-use history, and historical ecology
  • next to English, an academic reading ability in Romanian
  • work or study outside the Sweden is an important experience of the successful candidate following the eligibility requirements of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

What are we offering?

  • A challenging position in a socially involved organization. Remuneration according to the conditions of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA). Be part of a team of leading scientists in different fields of academia and commerce (science, landscape management, modelling and imaging techniques).
  • Prestigious EU fellowship.
  • Develop multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research skills.
  • Excellent training programme covering human-environment interaction, landscape histories, reconstruction, and management, energy regimes and spatial planning, among others.
  • Establish a professional network in academia, business organizations and NGO’s. Internships and visits to different disciplinary institutes within industry and academia.
  • For more details about TerraNova please see here: www.terranovaproject.eu

Uppsala University is the Nordic region’s oldest university, founded in 1477, with around 7,000 employees and 42,000 students. The department of Archaeology and Ancient History houses research projects in the areas of archaeology, classical archaeology, global archaeology and Egyptology has over 80 academic staff and around 25 PhD students. These are spread across five main research clusters: Critical Heritage Studies, The Cult Cluster, Material Culture, Urban Societies, and Global Historical Ecology.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Read more about Uppsala University here: https://www.uu.se/en/

Salary and conditions
The salary of the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Fellowship (MSC-ITN) follows the regulations set by the European Commission. The salary will include social security and will be composed of living, mobility and family allowances, where appropriate, as outlined in the Marie-Curie Grant Agreement and Horizon 2020- Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions Work-Programme, please see here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf

Salary month 37--48: According to Uppsala University agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English

In addition to research and student supervision, the work contains additional work at the department, e.g. teaching, up to a maximum of 20% of time.

Are you interested in this position? Please submit your application by UFV-PA 2019/170 at https://uu.mynetworkglobal.com/se/what:job/jobID:247468/  and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 15/04/2019.

Check that you meet the conditions specified in “Eligibility Criteria” to qualify for applying;

  • All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs). A ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. The four years start to count from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.
  • Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded.
  • For all recruitment, the eligibility and mobility of the researcher will be determined at the time of their (first) recruitment in the project. The status of the researcher will not evolve over the life-time of a contract.

Please provide evidence that you meet the above mentioned eligibility requirements as an annex of your CV.

Key dates
Application deadline: 15 April 2019 
Evaluation, interviews and selection process: 16 April 2019-20 June 2019*
Successful candidates informed: 21 June 2019
ESRs are employed and ready to start: 1 October 2019 *An assessment event at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can be part of the selection process.

For further information about the position please contact: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Karl-Johan Lindholm, Phone: +46 18 471 2081, Email: karl-johan.lindholm@arkeologi.uu.se, Web: www.arkeologi.uu.se For further information about the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History please contact: Head of department Susanne Carlsson, Phone +46 18 471 2086, Email: prefekt@arkeologi.uu.se

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

We look forward to receiving your application no later than April 15th 2019, UFV-PA 2019/170.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-10-01
Salary Se annons
Number of positions 1
Working hours Heltid
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/170
  • Sofi Pahlin, HR, 0184711552
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 26.Feb.2019
Last application date 15.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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