PhD student in Scientific Archaeology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-1031-23

at Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies . Closing date: 15 April 2023.

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

Project description
The position will be based in the Centre for Paleogenetics (CPG) and will be a part of the First Contact research program funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation focusing on the impact of human dispersals on faunal diversity. To further understand the relation between ancient people and domestic animals, and by extension their impact on local fauna, the proposed PhD project will focus on ancient DNA (aDNA) analyses from regional human and animal skeletal remains and will aim to identify temporal changes in population structure of all species in parallel.

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 scientific archaeology, 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:


1. Education. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.

2. 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 his or her previous scientific obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered.


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
  • Completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies)


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 Dr. Maja Krzewinska, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), 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

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) – motivation to apply for the advertised project and reasoning what makes you a suitable candidate for the position including experience with aDNA and bioinformatic analyses.
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, relevant skills, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses.
  • 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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