Doctoral Degree Position in Archaeology, Umeå University, Sweden

Expires on: 03/10/2024


The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies invites applications for the doctoral training programme in archaeology.

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies conducts teaching and research in Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Philosophy, History, History and Education, History of Science and Ideas, Religious Studies and Theology. At the department there’s a well-resourced archaeology group that is continuing to expand its research activities in the study of the human past, and whilst we place an emphasis on human–landscape interactions in the past, we are also interested in developing research into areas linked to sustainable heritage and management, and to expand our range of areas of interest in general.

Currently, the staff consists of two appointed docents, three associate professors, three senior research assistants, three project assistants and three doctoral students. Within studies in archaeology at third-cycle level, there are two specialisations: (a) archaeology and (b) archaeology specialising in environmental archaeology. We welcome applicants with interests in any area of archaeology that complements our current range of staff specialisms.

In particular the department is interested in developing research on human–landscape interactions and archaeology concerning landscapes or wetlands. We are of course also interested in continuing our existing themes in the archaeology of northern latitudes and the circumpolar regions.

If the chosen research theme links closely to our environmental areas of expertise the successful candidate may choose to join the research group at the Environmental Archaeology Lab (MAL) which is an established research unit with excellent laboratory facilities. MAL engages in national and international projects in environmental archaeology research and consultancy.


To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, i.e. doctoral education, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements: a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle (Master’s) level, or in some other way – either in Sweden or abroad – having acquired equivalent knowledge.

How to apply

An application must contain:

  •  A degree certificate, transcript from the Ladok student registry, and/or equivalent attested copies of your academic transcripts proving that general and specific entry requirements are met
  • Curriculum vitae, including name and contact information of two reference persons
  • Copies of relevant Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and other relevant publications
  •  A letter that states your motivation for undertaking doctoral studies, and that specifies what expertise at the department is needed for carrying out your research
  • Research plan – should normally not exceed 30,000 characters including spaces – that contains a description of the proposed:

– purpose and research problem;

– previous research;

– implementation, that is, method, material and theory;

– relevance; and

– time plan

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