Three PhD Positions in Archaeology at Leiden University

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Open to: international students with MA/MSc. in archaeology with a specific focus on East Mediterranean and/or Aegean Bronze/Iron Age Archaeology
Scholarship: gross monthly salary of EUR 2,125 in the first year


The Faculty of Archaeology, the section Material Culture Studies, at Leiden University has vacancies for three PhD positions. The project aims to investigate human and natural resources which interacted in the core regions of Mycenaean Greece. There, elites mobilized these resources to implement their monumental building programmes. It seeks to reveal how and why these constructions were accomplished, and what impact such large-scale prolonged building programmes had on the population over time. This project contributes in demonstrating the long-term insights archaeological research achieves in studying and understanding very human issues, and it illustrates the contemporary relevance of archaeological studies today and for the future. Following responsibilities are connected with the position:

  • To write a PhD;
  • To present papers at national and international conferences and workshops as required by the project (individual and/or co-authored);
  • To submit research results for publication in peer-reviewed journals (individual and/or co-authored);
  • To submit research results for their incorporation in a synthetic publication and the proceedings of the International Conference, both edited by the PI;
  • To take part in PhD training offered by the Faculty and through field schools where appropriate and needed;
  • To undertake/participate in limited teaching in year 2 and 3 of the appointment;
  • To participate in the Faculty’s workshops, reading and discussion groups;
  • To participate in yearly meetings-workshops organised by the ERC project and in regular supervision sessions with the supervisor(s);
  • To contribute and participate in the International Conference held at Leiden in year 5 of the project (year after the PhD is finished).

The university offers a full-time positions (38 hours per week) with the start date 1 January 2016. The appointment as a PhD student will be for a period of four years (initially for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of progress and skills development) leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis and its publication within these four years.


The project seeks to employ a highly motivated and proactive candidate who will need to work both independently and as part of a larger team. S/he is willing to travel between the Netherlands and Greece, and is willing to stay for periods in Greece to carry out research in libraries and archives, and when required, fieldwork, for which training and equipment will be provided. All candidates should meet following requirements:

  • Degrees (BA/BSc. and MA/MSc.) in archaeology with a specific focus on East Mediterranean and/or Aegean Bronze/Iron Age Archaeology;
  • An explicit interest in prehistoric (monumental) architecture, material culture and landscape studies;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • The MA/MSc. Thesis shows well-developed research skills (both analytical and descriptive). The ability to work with statistical packages and databases is a great advantage and the thesis should have received a grade of minimally 8.0 on a ten-point scale, or its international equivalent;
  • The PhD research needs to result in a doctor’s degree and should to be undertaken, finished and ready for publication within 4 years;
  • An excellent command of English (reading, understanding, speaking, writing) and a strong command of German (reading, understanding), and modern Greek (reading, speaking, understanding) or willing to commit taking intensive classes in modern Greek in year one of the PhD and as long as it takes to converse and read it well;
  • Valid European driving license.


The gross monthly salary is set on EUR 2,125 in the first year, increasing to EUR 2,717 gross per month in the final year. Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2015. To apply for one of these vacancies, please send an email to Mrs. Yvonne Haring; [email protected] and ensure that you upload the following additional documents in pdf format quoting the correct vacancy number (15-228, 15-229, 15-230) for the post you are interested in (more information HERE):

  • A cover letter (max 2 pages) stating how your skills and experience relate to the selection criteria and project description above;
  • A short research proposal including short bibliography (max 3 pages) in relation to the advertised position and its specifics;
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV), including publications if applicable;
  • Your master thesis or other major writing sample;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts (BA/BSc., MA/MSc.);
  • If your native language is not English, proof of your English language proficiency since the thesis will need to be written in English;
  • The names and contact details (with emails) of three academic referees who know your work well; one should be your MA thesis supervisor.

The selection procedure will take place in mid-September/early October 2015, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview (in person or over Skype) in early November 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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