PhD position Protohistoric Archaeology, GIA (1.0 fte)

We offer one PhD position (AIO) in the area of protohistoric archaeology. The project, with the working title “Early and Late Medieval import ceramics in Fryslân and Groningen (400-1150 AD)” aims to produce more insight ...

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Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


We offer one PhD position (AIO) in the area of protohistoric archaeology. The project, with the working title “Early and Late Medieval import ceramics in Fryslân and Groningen (400-1150 AD)” aims to produce more insight into the international network of the terp-mound dwellers in the area by means of ceramic analysis. An important secondary goal is to obtain more information on the value of these sites from the perspective of archaeological heritage management. The project aims to better understand the Early Medieval Frisian occupation of the area in relation to their Carolingian, Anglosaxon and Scandinavian neighbours.
The project also aims to gain more insight in the use of field walking as a method to study the spatial patterns of surface material. To this end several campaigns will need to be organized and supervised. The fieldwork will be a collaboration with students, amateurs and local inhabitants. It will include an open day for the general public.
As a PhD candidate, you should be committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and disseminating knowledge in non-academic contexts. The result should be a cumulative PhD.


We are looking for talented and ambitious researchers in the relevant discipline. Your qualifications are:
- a master's degree in archaeology, or a related field, with an excellent academic record
- proven research abilities and affinity with the research topic
- excellent command of English and good academic writing skills
- command of Dutch is recommended.


The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,222 gross per month in the first year to € 2,840 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment, salary scales CAO Dutch Universities). On top of the annual salaries, we provide an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus, both as a percentage of the gross annual salary.

The 1.0 fte appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years. The candidate will first be appointed for 18 months. After twelve months, an assessment will take place of the candidate's results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

Please send your entire application (in English) as a single PDF file until 24 September 11.59 p.m. / before 25 September 2017 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on 'Apply' below on the advertisement on the university website). Please upload your entire application as "letter of motivation".

The submission should contain the following:
1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research, and locating your research within GIA
2. A full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable), and a copy of your passport
3. A certified copy or scan of your MA diploma (or equivalent) and academic record
4. A research proposal, focusing on the central research question to be addressed and the proposed method of approaching and answering this question (1500 words, plus tables and references, and a project title). See the guidelines in the following website:
5. Names and contact details of two academic references.
For questions regarding the submission procedure, please contact Mrs M.R.B. Wubbolts, MA by email:

Start date: As soon as possible.

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Additional information

Prof. C.J.W. Zwart questions regarding the Graduate School for the Humanities

Prof. D.C.M. Raemaekers, Prof. of Pre- & Protohistory of NW Europe questions regarding the procedure


Faculty of Arts Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The Graduate School for the Humanities (GSH) is the home for all PhD candidates of the Faculty of Arts (c. 200), and is committed to creating and maintaining excellent conditions for PhD research in all fields of the humanities. In addition to organizing local courses, the GSH works closely with 16 national research schools which offer regular courses and seminars by national and international top researchers.

GIA (Groningen Institute of Archaeology) is a leading international research institute with a strong interdisciplinary research tradition in bioarchaeology and post-glacial prehistory. The Groningen Institute of Archaeology GIA engages in fundamental archaeological research in Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean and the Polar Regions. GIA stimulates and integrates fundamental research on past human societies and their environments, from Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers to complex urban societies.


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