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Postdoctoral position in archaeology in ERC-funded project TIMBER (re-advertisement)

The SAXO Institute, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in archaeology to be filled by 1st April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
The project 
The project ‘TIMBER’ Northern Europe's timber resource - chronology, origin and exploitation, led by Aoife Daly, has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 677152). In this project timber in Northern Europe is being studied, to attain a precise chronology for trade of timber over a long time period (c. 1100 to 1700). Using material and textual evidence to identify the source of timber (provenance) the aim is to map the trade in this construction material and to show the regional and temporal fluctuations in timber exploitation and availability. Using a multi-disciplinary approach (archaeological analysis, archival research and a range of archaeological sciences) on a variety of specific case studies, the team is working together to analyze the sources and destinations of traded timber through time. 
Job content 
The postdoc in archaeology will particularly focus on defining the quality of the timber used in the structures examined in this project. Additionally, the candidate will examine the archaeological evidence for timber cargos, with a view to quantifying the volume of trade in timber in the region through time. The central questions to be addressed: When does the trade in bulk building timber come to dominate the Northern European timber resource procurement? Where did the oaks used to make the numerous so-called “Baltic” wainscots, panels, boards and planks, that were delivered to ports in Western Europe over many centuries, actually grow? What is the chronology of timber availability in different regions, and can regional depletion be shown as a triggering cause of the growth in timber imports? Does the trade in specialised timber products versus trade in bulk timber show differing regional specialisation and or chronology? The postdoc will work closely with the other postdoc appointees in the team and with the PI, so that the information gathered in all the project disciplines will be incorporated into a wider analysis referring to the main project research questions. 
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 within a relevant field.  
The candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in detailed examination of timber structures from archaeological contexts with a publication record to show this.  
The appointee will be part of a cross-disciplinary team with emphasis on researching evidence for the trade of timber in the past. 
Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following: 
Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output.  
The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the job description. 
Documented teaching qualifications.  
Documented administrative qualifications, if any 
Participation in networks – national and international 
Good interpersonal skills 
Excellent skills in English, written and spoken 
For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for academic staff:
For further information about the position, please contact the Principle Investigator of the project TIMBER, Associate Professor Aoife Daly: ( 
The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format.  
ZIP-files cannot be uploaded. 
Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page. 
Please note that each field in the application form may only contain a single file of max. 20Mb. 
The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures: 
  • Application letter/cover letter 
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail address & telephone number) 
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.). 
  • Complete and numbered 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 description. 
  • Project proposal and 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 material submitted 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 and English can be expected to be assessed.  
All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure. 
Appointment procedure 
After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized. 
Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail. 
Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, email: 
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 32,000 (EUR 3,667) + 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 here: 
A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, here:
If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. 
See more at ISM homepage and here:
UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background. 
The closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 15 February 2018. 
Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered. 

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Application deadline: 15-02-2018
Employment start: 01-04-2018
Department/Location: Saxo-Instituttet

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