PhD student in Osteoarchaeology

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Oct 2022

Ref. No. SU FV-3335-22

at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies . Closing date: 15 October 2022.

The Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies consists of seven units: Archaeology, Archaeological Research Laboratory, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm Numismatic Institute, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution and Centre of Pelaeogenetics.

Subject area
The announced position is based at the unit of the Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory which provides a specialist competence in the study of human and faunal archaeological skeletal remains where osteological data form the basis for interpretations of cultural-historical contexts. At the unit, research is conducted on, among other things, past living conditions and subsistence economies as well as faunal history, from the Stone Age, and up to historical times.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the applicant must have completed at least 30 credits in the advanced level of Osteoarchaeology, or equivalent field, including a written paper of at least 15 credits, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. The specific entry requirements also include that the applicant must have a fluent knowledge of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. 

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training. The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on the following criteria. Special attention will be paid to the research plan and the applicant's familiarity and skill in the subject area of the thesis work.

  • Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.
  • Scientific production. Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers. The ability of the applicant to benefit from the education is considered according to: Critical ability, analytical ability, creativity, independence. The assessment also takes into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet previous scientific obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered.

Research plan:

  • The applicant should enclose a research plan which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is assessed according to: Relevance, originality, feasibility of completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies) and also availability of supervision.

Ability to collaborate:

  • The ability of the applicant to be collaborative is determined by personal references, certificates or interviews.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations .

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact Professor Jan Storå, telephone: +46 706 052 293, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, ,  (SEKO), and PhD student representative, .

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

Please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (maximum 20 000 characters including spaces and references). The research plan should include a presentation of the thematic area, a short research history, problems and aims, and theoretical and methodological foundation
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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