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

The announced postdoctoral position is for 2 years. The preferred starting date is between January 1st and April 1st, 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 postdoctoral project will have a strong focus on cultural resilience and societal and climatic change during 500-1250 CE. The appointed postdoc is expected to analyse and model temporal variation in demography (e.g. population sizes) and human activity by the use of proxy data such as radiocarbon dates, coupled with archaeo-botanical data from archaeological context in Eastern Norway and Scandinavia as well as regional and local environmental data, and also to cooperate with other KHM-staff in building a radiocarbon database for archaeological research.

 The main task for the postdocoral fellow will be to analyse variation in conditions for agricultural activity (i.e., animal husbandry) in relation to topography, climate, and volcanic eruptions, and investigate how this affected the population of the Iron Age societies. Experience in developing landscape models by using LiDAR-data and GiS will be required.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements

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.

Additional qualifications:

  • 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.

Personal skills

  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • Excellent collaboration skills and ability to successfully join in academic teamwork within and across disciplines

How to apply

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
  • 4 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 our 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 3 months after start-up.

 

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