Post-doctoral Researcher Position in Archaeology University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities Finland

Tutkijatohtori, Archaeological Science

Post-doctoral Researcher Position in Archaeology


Post-doctoral Researcher position in project Domestication in Action – Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction for a period of 24 months, preferably from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2020.


The position is located in Archaeology, in the research group Domestication in Action – Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction (Domestication). Archaeology is part of the History, Culture and Communication Studies Research Unit at the Faculty of Humanities and contributes to Understanding Humans in Change, one of the strategic research areas of the University of Oulu, in studying humans and cultures with the help of material sources they have left behind.


The research group focusses on archaeological identification and interpretation of animal domestication, reindeer domestication in particular. The research group focusses especially on archaeological identification of human-animal interactions, such as, but not exclusively, draught reindeer use and reindeer feeding. In addition, the project aims to understand the relationship between people and domesticated reindeer and thus deepen the understanding of human-reindeer relationships and cultural practices concerning reindeer in the process of domestication.


We are looking for an outstanding candidate who has a strong background in archaeological science and whose research interests are related to the themes of the research group. The candidate is expected to conduct research on archaeological analysis of animal domestication and/or human-animal interaction. Potential research topics include, but are not restricted to, identification of draught animals, animal feeding, milking, and human-influenced changes in animal mobility and health. Ability to conduct independent scholarly research on an international level is required. Applicants with a proven history of publications in high quality peer reviewed journals and with a scientifically ambitious research agenda will be the most qualified for the position. The appointee to the position must hold a PhD degree.


The salary of the appointed researcher will be based on the demand level (levels 5-6) chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (not more than 46.3% of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal achievement and performance. A separate agreement will be made on the teaching duties connected with the position within the framework of an annual work plan of 1624 hours. The position is subject to a trial period of 4 months.


The application should include the following documents (in English or Finnish).

Applications, including attachments, should be submitted using the electronic system form by 28th Febuary 2018.


  • CV (with education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, information on received research funding)
  • list of publications
  • research plan (max 5 pages)
  • and any other appendices deemed nescessary by the applicant)


The assessment of an application is based on the quality of the research plan, scientific merits and other academic qualifications of the applicant, and the significance of the research plan in relation to the research themes of Domestication research project.


Further information: Academy Research Fellow Anna-Kaisa Salmi, anna-kaisa.salmi(at)

Updated 11.1.2018 and 26.1.2018

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