The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 11,000 students and 1,600 employees.  We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will be a driving force in the development of knowledge in the region, and an international research university with an emphasis on innovation. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The museum has an academic staff with researchers in archaeology, conservation, various natural sciences and more recent cultural history. The staff covers several fields within conservation, laboratories, photographic services, archives and scientific collections, cultural heritage Management, exhibition production, graphic design, educational services and public outreach. The museum publishes two series which are point-giving in CRIStin. The museum currently has a total of 75 permanent employees across four departments and administration.

Doctoral fellowship in Archaeology

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a doctoral fellowship in Archaeology. This is a trainee position that will mainly give promising reserachers an opportunity for professional development leading to a doctoral degree.

The PhD candidate will be appointed for three years with only research duties or four years with research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified during the recruitment process. The appointee can start when he/she is admitted to the relevant PhD program and agrees to complete the doctorate within the duration of the scholarship.

Applicants are requested to write a project description of 5-7 pages. The project description must describe purpose, topic, relevant theory, methods, empirical material and schedule for the project. The project wil be evaluated based upon its relevance to the museum's current research strategy (for further information, please contact 

The project should be based on the materials within the museum's collections.

Applications that address the following themes (singly or in combination) in an innovative way using the latest analytical methods, will be given priority:

  • Early urbanisation processes
  • Processes of change in the Viking and/or Medieval Periods

  • The archaeometry of technological processes in the Viking and/or Medieval Periods

The museum has three ressearch clusters, two of which (ARI and BEAM) may provide academic support to a doctoral candidate.

Animals mediating the real and the imaginary (ARI)

Contact: Kristin Armstrong Oma, telephone: +4751832601,


Biological Environmental and Archaeological inter-disciplinary research on life-course, Material and materiality in human depositions (BEAM)

Contact: Hege Hollund, telephone: +4751832686,


Intertwined and integrated. Cross-disciplinary studies of prehistoric Relations (ICoRe)

Contact: Astrid J. Nyland, telephone: +4748121381,


Applicants must have a strong academic background with a five-year master degree within Archaeology, preferably recently, or possess corresponding qualifications which may provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate. Both the grade for the master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of the master’s degree must be individually equivalent to or better than a B grade.


Please note that if you have a foreign master degree, you have to apply for- and attach NOKUT's general recognition (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education). For more information, see

Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant's potential for research in the field, as well as that person’s individual suitability for research education.

The appointee must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team and be creative and innovative. The research fellow must have both a good command of both oral and written English.

This fellowship position is important for obtaining scientific positions at the university level.

The doctorate will mainly be carried out at the University of Stavanger, apart from a period of study abroad at a recognized and relevant centre of research.

The research fellow is salaried according to the State Salary Code, 17.515, code 1017, LR 20, NOK 436 900 per annum.

The position includes automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which guarantees favourable retirement benefits. Members may also apply for home investment loans at favourable interest rates.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of Research, Kristin Armstrong Oma, telephone +4751832601, email

Information about the appointment procedures can be obtained from HR at the museum: Eva Nord, telephone +4751832612, email, or Janne Veronica Endresen, telephone +4751832612, email

Please registrer your application in an electronic form on Relevant education and experience must be registered on the form. Certificates/diplomas, references, list of publications and other documentation that you consider relevant, should be submitted as attachments to the application. Please upload all attachments as separate files. Copies of academic publications, higher education certificates and diplomas must be accompanied by a translation into English or a Scandinavian language. If the attachments exceed 30 MB altogether, they will have to be compressed before uploading.

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