Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Apr 2024

Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) Research Assistant for the period
1 June 2024 – 31 January 2025.

Place of employment: Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.

The position

The successful candidate is expected to work closely with the UrbNet vice director, Professor Søren M. Sindbæk, on a number of tasks in connection with the project ‘Byarkæologisk Atlas’ and other publication projects, including:

  • Carrying out data collection, data management and analysis in online databases (under supervision)
  • Drawing plans and maps and analysing data using GIS
  • Creating digital illustrations
  • Performing research tasks within the area of archaeology, e.g. literature searches and image processing.


Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications:

  • An MA in Archaeology, History or a related discipline
  • A strong interest in the academic subjects represented at UrbNet
  • Knowledge of archaeology
  • Experience with GIS (pref. QGIS), data analysis and drawing software
  • Fluency in Danish and English (spoken and written)
  • Flexibility and the ability to make shifts in focus
  • A methodological and structured approach to work, and good organisational skills
  • Good time-management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Good interpersonal and collaborative skills.

Applicants who can document experience from similar roles will have an advantage.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Søren Sindbæk ([email protected] ).

For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn ([email protected] ).

About UrbNet

The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) was founded in 2015 as a groundbreaking archaeological research initiative exploring the evolution of urbanism and urban networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation.

UrbNet aims to compare the archaeology of urbanism from medieval Northern Europe to the ancient Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean World and determine how – and to what extent – urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past. The centre is firmly rooted in the humanities but enjoys close, collaborative ties with the natural sciences.

UrbNet aims to advance the understanding of the historical process of urban evolution, and it does so by developing the ability of archaeology to characterise the scale and pace of events and processes. Recently developed scientific techniques afford the potential for archaeology to refine the precision of dates, contexts and provenance ascribed to excavated materials. UrbNet’s key ambition has been to integrate these new forms of data as a new “high-definition” approach to the study of global and interregional dynamics.
UrbNet’s work comprises projects that intersect questions and problems concerning urban development and networks in the regions from Northern Europe via the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves elaborate work on empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects, and the centre aims to make substantial contributions to theoretical and methodological developments in the field.


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