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PhD Research Position "Pioneers of the North"

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As part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre »Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies« (SFB1266), a PhD position is available, starting on October 1st 2020 and ending on June 30th 2024, within sub-project B1 »Pioneers of the North: Transitions and transformations in Northern Europe evidenced by high-resolution datasets (c. 15,000-9,500 BCE)«. The position is hosted by the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (ZBSA) in the Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf. If successful, the student would graduate from Kiel University.

Deadline for applications is July 30th 2020

Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in pre- or protohistoric archaeology or a related scientific field of research. A general requirement for qualification is the ability to collaborate, paired with a good-humoured, flexible, and dedicated disposition.

About the position:

The position is focused on research pertaining to the project »Pioneers of the North«. The main goal is to lead to a PhD degree and the successful candidates will be expected to:

  • have a general knowledge about the Final Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology of Northern Europe;
  • plan and conduct research based on high-resolution datasets pertaining to geoarchaeological questions. The aim of this research should be to reconstruct different scales of transformations in the landscape during the Lateglacial and early Postglacial, and to contextualise these results with the settlement and mobility behaviour pertaining to contemporary hunter-gatherer groups;
  • assist at surveys and excavations;
  • carry out sampling of data during fieldwork;
  • publish results in scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at international conferences and workshops;
  • collaborate with other project groups within the SFB1266 (especially A1, A2, B2, F2, F6, G1, G2);
  • participate in and contribute positively to the activities of the ZBSA.

The ZBSA offers the chosen candidate a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment at the archaeological interface between Arts & Humanities and Natural Science. We offer intensive scientific cooperation and integration into the research activities of the ZBSA.

We also offer the possibility of a close co-operation with the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) within the Johanna-Mestorf-Academy as well as the Cluster of Excellence »ROOTS – Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies«. A wide range of analytical techniques within the CAU have been grouped in a support platform for archaeological research, and accordingly offer unique opportunities for involvement with leading research institutions especially in the fields of archaeology and climate research.

The employment may start from October 1st 2020 and will end on June 30th 2024. Salary will be provisionally at the level of TV-L 13 [65%].

Additional information:

The Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf is committed to actively promote equal opportunities of all members of staff. We therefore encourage applications from all qualified persons irrespective of their cultural or social origin, age, gender, religion, philosophy of life, disabilities or sexual preferences. Persons with registered disabilities will, with appropriate qualifications, competence, and expertise, be employed preferentially.


The application may be written in English or German. It should include an outline of the proposed PhD research project (max 3 pages), a time schedule for the completion of your project, a bibliography connected to the PhD research project, a short summary of your master thesis (max 3 pages), curriculum vitae, copies of higher education certificates and diplomas, a list of academic publications (if any), and contact details for 2 referees.

Please remark that your application will be treated confidentially and in strict compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).

Please submit your application as a single PDF by e-mail to the ZBSA scientific director (deadline July 30th 2020):

PD Dr. habil. Berit Valentin Eriksen
Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie
Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf,
Schlossinsel 1, D-24837 Schleswig

Further information about the position can be obtained from:

Dr. Berit V. Eriksen; Tel: +49 4621 813 482

Dr. Sonja B. Grimm; Tel: +49 4621 813 348

Dr. Mara-Julia Weber; Tel: +49 4621 813 349

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