Postdoc, archaeology - Oslo, Norway

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Archaeology is available at the Department of Archaeology, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway.


The announced postdoctoral position is for two years. The preferred starting date is between 1 January and 1 April 2019.


The position will be part of the Research Council of Norway Toppforsk project "275191 VIKINGS: Volcanic Eruptions and their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society in 500-1250 CE".

This multi-disciplinary project aims to understand the role of volcanic eruptions and climate change in shaping the early history of Europe. The period 500-1250 Common Era (CE) is characterized by societal unrest, Viking expansion, and natural disasters, e.g. large volcanic eruptions evidenced by geochemical markers in natural archives. At present, we have limited knowledge about climate variations in Europe and especially in Scandinavia during this period, and their impact on society. The VIKINGS project seeks to map/investigate the climatic development of the early historic period, and resolve how volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts facilitated societal changes during the Viking era.


The Centre for Viking-Age Studies (ViS) at the Museum of Cultural History UiO has a strategic ambition of being a Centre of Excellence. Candidates for this position will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualification in Archaeology or in related fields. Candidates with multidisciplinary research experience from landscape-archaeology, geography and history, will be given priority. Technical skills in landscape modelling and in analysis and modelling of large data sets (e.g. radiocarbon dates, paleo-botanical data, climatic data, LiDAR, GiS) are mandatory for this position. Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow should be highly motivated to work and publish together with a multi-disciplinary research field (archaeology, climate, geology and, dendrochronology) and team, and be willing to exchange with national and international project collaborators including potential research stays abroad. Fluent oral and written communication skills in a Scandinavian language will be advantageous.


Apply by 12 December 2018 here:

The application must include:

- cover letter (short presentation and summarizing scientific work and research interest, and a letter of motivation of maximum 3 pages)
- CV (summarizing education, positions, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
- copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
- a complete list of publications
- four academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
- list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in the electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

The appointed postdoc is expected to develop a full project description within three months after start-up.

Further information

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