Postdoc position in southeast European Neolithic archaeology
The Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen, offers a 3-year postdoc position focused on the southeast European Neolithic. The position is available from 1 September 2022 and is part of the research project ‘A World without Images: Uncovering the absence of figurative representations in Early Neolithic northern Europe’ funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.
Project description The overall goal of the project is to explain why figurative representations are missing among Northern Europe’s first farmers. As farming spread from southeast to central Europe, the number of figurines decreased and when agriculture expanded to northern Europe, they had disappeared. The project seeks explanations for the absence of figurines in deep socio-cultural and ritual-religious differences dividing Neolithic Europe in a figurative southeastern part and an imageless northern part. This will include the identification and analyses of shifts in social organization and ritual- religious practices across early agricultural communities in southeast and central Europe.
The successful candidate will be part of a small research group consisting of the Principal Investigator and one PhD student and will be based at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, under supervision of Principal Investigator of the project Associate Professor Rune Iversen.
Job description The postdoc will focus on data collection, comparative analyses and presentation of results. The data collection centres on the southeast European Neolithic including, but not limited to, the Starčevo-Körös-Criş complex and the Linear Pottery culture. The data collection will focus on two main aspects: the presence of figurines and the manifestations of changes in ritual practices and belief systems across early Neolithic groups. The main task will be to collect and record the relevant data in a custom-made database and perform detailed distribution maps in GIS in order to investigate similarities and differences in material culture. The gathered information will be incorporated into a wider analysis referring to the main project’s research question.
The selected candidate is expected to contribute substantially to publications in the research group, oral dissemination of results, organization of an international workshop to be held at the University of Copenhagen and participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution.
Qualification requirements In order to be considered for the position, applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in southeast European Neolithic archaeology. We seek candidates with good interpersonal skills, the ability to organise work independently and to produce state-of-the art research. Experiences with managing large datasets and familiarity with GIS is an advantage. Furthermore, good skills in spoken and written English is a prerequisite.
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Salary and conditions of employment Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 35,000 (EUR 4,701) per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.
The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see https: // ism.ku.dk/onarrival/pension/
The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:
Cover letter (max 1 pages), including your motivation for applying for the specific postdoc position.
Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email and telephone number), including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
Complete list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with.
Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project/job description.
Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any.
Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3. Should any of the submitted publications consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.
Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German and English can be expected to be assessed.
Contact information For further information about the position, please contact Principal Investigator of the project Associate Professor Rune Iversen (email: email@example.com, phone: +45 93509427)
For any further questions regarding recruitment please contact HR officer, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, please refer to ID number: 211-1011/22-2I #1.
Applicants must submit the application electronically no later than 28 March 2022 at 23.59 (CEST).