University of Groningen, PhD position Graduate School for the Humanities: Archaeology – Aegean Prehistory

PhD position Graduate School for the Humanities: Archaeology – Aegean Prehistory (0,9 fte) (212041)


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage what are currently 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

Job description

The Graduate School for the Humanities offers 1 position to MA graduates in Archaeology with a specialisation in Aegean Prehistory. Candidates should submit a research proposal (max. 1500 words). Preference will be given to topics related to the Aegean Bronze Age, the Greek mainland, mortuary studies and the study of ritual, the archaeology of houses and households, or the history of Greek prehistoric archaeology. Candidates are expected to complete a PhD thesis within a four-year period. Candidates and their proposals will be judged on:

  • individual research qualities of the candidate
  • research and field experience
  • originality of the research proposal
  • quality of the proposed methodology incl. sources
  • awareness of theoretical issues
  • prospects of completion within 4 years.


  • MA degree in Aegean Prehistory, or a related discipline
  • strong motivation to complete a PhD thesis in four years
  • proven affinity with chosen subject
  • proven research abilities
  • fluency in written and spoken English (TOEFL 620, IELTS 7,5, Cambridge Advanced CAE)
  • knowledge of (or willingness to learn) Modern Greek.



Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years.

The PhD candidate will be affiliated with and enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities. A staff-member of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology will be the principal supervisor (‘promotor’). The position requires residence in Groningen, 36 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD thesis. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidate’s results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

How to apply
Please adhere to the guidelines of the GSH format for applications to write your application. See:
Send us your entire application in just 1 pdf-file please + motivation letter in a separate file. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration. Interviews with a selection of the best candidates will take place in the course of May.

Starting date of the PhD project: 1 September 2012.

You may apply for this position before 1 March 2012, 24:00 CET.

For practical information you can contact Ms M.R.B. Wubbolts, MA, Coordinator of GSH, phone +31 50 3637336, e-mail:


For more information please contact:
Prof D.J. Wolffram, Academic Director of the Graduate School of Humanities, +31 50 3637699,

Prof. S. Voutsaki, Professor of Greek Archaeology, +31 50 3636726,

Additional information

GIA (Groningen Institute of Archaeology)
Information on the research institutes at the Faculty of Arts


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