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Postdoc position in Southeast European Neolithic Archaeology
University of Copenhagen

Date Posted Feb. 16, 2022
Title Postdoc position in Southeast European Neolithic Archaeology
University University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department Saxo Institute
Application Deadline Mar. 3, 2022
Position Start Date September 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Archaeology
    Humanities - General

The Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities at University of  Copenhagen, offers a 3-year postdoc position focused on the southeast  European Neolithic. The position is available from 1 September 2022 and  is part of the research project ‘A World without Images: Uncovering the  absence of figurative representations in Early Neolithic northern  Europe’ funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Project description
The overall goal of the project is to explain why figurative  representations are missing among Northern Europe’s first farmers. As  farming spread from southeast to central Europe, the number of figurines  decreased and when agriculture expanded to northern Europe, they had  disappeared. The project seeks explanations for the absence of figurines  in deep socio-cultural and ritual-religious differences dividing  Neolithic Europe in a figurative southeastern part and an imageless  northern part. This will include the identification and analyses of  shifts in social organization and ritual-religious practices across  early agricultural communities in southeast and central Europe.

The successful candidate will be part of a small research group  consisting of the Principal Investigator and one PhD student and will be  based at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, under  supervision of Principal Investigator of the project Associate Professor  Rune Iversen.

Job description
The postdoc will focus on data collection, comparative analyses and  presentation of results. The data collection centres on the southeast  European Neolithic including, but not limited to, the  Starčevo-Körös-Criş complex and the Linear Pottery culture. The data  collection will focus on two main aspects: the presence of figurines and  the manifestations of changes in ritual practices and belief systems  across early Neolithic groups. The main task will be to collect and  record the relevant data in a custom-made database and perform detailed  distribution maps in GIS in order to investigate similarities and differences in material culture. The gathered information will be  incorporated into a wider analysis referring to the main project’s  research question.

The selected candidate is expected to contribute substantially to  publications in the research group, oral dissemination of results,  organization of an international workshop to be held at the University  of Copenhagen and participate in active research environments, including  a stay at another research institution.

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. The ideal candidate will have a  PhD in southeast European Neolithic archaeology. We seek candidates  with good interpersonal skills, the ability to organise work  independently and to produce state-of-the art research. Experiences with  managing large datasets and familiarity with GIS is an advantage.  Furthermore, good skills in spoken and written English is a  prerequisite.

For further details about the qualification requirements for  postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at  Universities 2013:

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 35,000  (EUR 4,701) per month + 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

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We seek to reflect the breadth and diversity of society and encourage applications irrespective of personal background.

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the ‘APPLY NOW’ icon at the bottom of the page and fill in the application form.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Cover letter (max 1 pages), including your motivation for applying for the specific postdoc position.
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email and telephone number),  including information about your education, experience, language skills  and other skills relevant for the position.
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete 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/job  description.
  • 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 of the submitted  publications 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, German and English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure
Applicants are selected for  assessment on the advice of an Appointment Committee. All applicants  will be notified of the decision of the Appointment Committee. Following  shortlisting, an Assessment Committee is appointed. Shortlisted  applicants are notified of the composition of this committee. Applicants  have the opportunity to comment on the assessment of their own  application. Following assessment, a number of qualified candidates will  be invited for an interview.

For further information on the recruitment process: Recruitment, UCPH.

Contact information
For further information about the position, please contact Principal Investigator of the project Associate Professor Rune Iversen (email:, phone: +45 93509427)

For any further questions regarding recruitment please contact HR officer, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-1011/22-2I #1.

Application deadline
Applicants must submit the application electronically no later than 28 March 2022 at 23.59 (CEST).




Applicants can amend their application after submission up until the application deadline.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities  (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of  Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international  standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives  students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an  ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with  good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the  ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Contact Information

  • Rune Iversen
    Saxo Institute
    University of Copenhagen
    Karen Blixens Plads 8
    Copenhagen 2300
  • 0045 93509427


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