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Call for applications PhD Research Fellowship for an outstanding young researcher

As part of the new, DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre »Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies« (SFB1266), a 3-year PhD position is available, starting on January 1st 2017, 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 November 7th 2016

Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in pre- or protohistoric archaeology. 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 palaeovegetation. The aim of this research should be to reconstruct different scales of transformations in climate and environment during the late glacial and early postglacial.
  • contextualise the relevance of these results for the contemporary hunter-gatherer groups that must be a primary focus of the research;
  • 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 A2, B2, F2, 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 recently founded Johanna-Mestorf-Academy, as well as the Graduate School »Human Development in Landscapes«. 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 January 1st 2017 and is limited to three years. Salary will be provisionally at the level of TV-L 13 [65%].

Additional information:

The Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf encourages women with appropriate qualifications to apply for the position. The Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf supports the employment of disabled persons. Persons with 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 5 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, list of academic publications (if any), and contact details for 2 referees.

Please submit your application as a single PDF before November 7th 2016 by e-mail to:

Prof. Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen
Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie
Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf,
Schlossinsel 1, D-24837 Schleswig
E-mail: Berit.Eriksen@schloss-gottorf.de


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