Job: 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Roman Archeology (Utrecht University, deadline: July 31, 2023)

Dear member of the HNR community,

The project “Constructing the Limes“, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Roman archaeology for a period of two years. The main objective is to understand how knowledge is generated in large scientific collaborations. The project will primarily use methods from network analysis and machine learning to identify relevant communication structures and attempt to track the flow of ideas through the communication network.


The deadline for application is July 31, 2023. More info:


Postdoc C-Limes (0.8 FTE)

Are you a archaeologist who is passionate about northwestern Europe in Roman times with good analytical skills and proficiency in GIS and network analysis? The NWO funded Constructing the Limes project is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Roman archaeology for a period of two years. The successful candidate will be appointed by Utrecht University.


Constructing the Limes (2021-2026) investigates the function and impact of the Lower Germanic Limes from the Roman period until today. The successful candidate will integrate GIS data created by other researchers in the team and assist in interpreting this data. Consequently, the postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the project’s final analysis, drawing together the research results from the various subprojects. The postdoc will also help produce the project’s edited volume.


The successful candidate will be part of a larger team of researchers mainly based at Utrecht University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The team has a number of early career researchers, including PhD candidates specialised in Roman archaeology (VU/UU), isotope archaeology and paleo-mobility (VU), sedaDNA and metagenomics (UU/WUR), and a postdoc in computational paleo-genomics (VU/UU/WUR).

As part of our team, your responsibilities will be to:


  • integrate the GIS data produced in the project;
  • conduct a network analysis on the collected GIS data points and integrate it with the project’s archaeological datasets;
  • assist in embedding the project in the international debate on Roman frontiers;
  • do editing work on the project’s edited volume and prepare journal publication(s);
  • present findings at international conferences;
  • contributing to the teaching programme is a possibility.


Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research, we are seeking a candidate who has a PhD in, for example, computational archaeology, Roman archaeology, or a related field. We are looking for someone who has an interest in exploring cross-border interaction. The ideal candidate also brings the following:


  • experience with GIS and the integration of archaeological data;
  • knowledge of the main debates of the Roman period in northwestern Europe, including the Low Countries; affinity with the Iron Age in the Nordic region is desirable;
  • the skills to write up research work for publication and engage in conferences, seminars and public dissemination.

We offer a temporary position (0.8 FTE) for a period of 2 years. The scope could potentially be expanded from 0.8 FTE to 1.0 FTE. The gross salary ranges between €2,960 and €4,670 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.


To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation and the names and contact details of two referees, via the ‘apply now’ button before July 31, 2023. Interviews may be conducted in person in Utrecht or online and are scheduled to take place in the week of 28 August 2023. The start date is 1 November 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Published by Ingeborg van Vugt
July 11, 2023

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