CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Postdoctoral Position in Prehistoric Archaeology

The Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (ZBSA) within the Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf invites applications for a fixed term (01.01.2022 – 31.12.2023), full time,

postdoctoral position in prehistoric archaeology.

The position is limited to two years. Salary will be at the level of TV-L 13 [100%] provided that the requirements of the collective agreement are met. The place of employment is Schleswig.

Deadline for applications is November 1st, 2021.

About the position

The core activity of the postdoctoral research associate will focus on his/her own research and high profile scientific communication of results within the framework of various research projects of the ZBSA on Late Glacial archaeology. A main task is to develop innovative, interdisciplinary and excellent research approaches for the investigation of the Upper and Late Palaeolithic occupation history of Northern Europe and to put them into practice. This includes the development of original research projects in connection with the research priorities of the ZBSA and their independent implementation as well as the acquisition of necessary third party funding. Furthermore, active participation in the ongoing projects Pioneers of the North: Transitions and Transformations in Northern Europe evidenced by High-Resolution Datasets (c. 15000-9500 BCE) (SFB 1266-B1) and Late Glacial and Earliest Postglacial Database Project as well as participation in project development pertaining to the Excavation Ahrensburger Tunneltal is expected.

Our expectations

Eligible candidates must hold an above average doctoral degree (PhD) in a discipline relevant to the field of research (prehistoric archaeology) with a focus on Stone Age cultural history. General requirements for qualification include:

  • Excellent knowledge of the Upper and Late Palaeolithic cultural history of Central and Northern Europe, as demonstrated by research publications in German and English.
  • High international competence and accordingly very good language skills (English)
  • Experience working/collaborating in large, interdisciplinary research projects
  • Ability to work independently, reliably and scientifically responsibly
  • Ability to collaborate, paired with a high degree of flexibility and commitment
  • Willingness to participate in and contribute to the various activities of the ZBSA

Our offer

The ZBSA offers the chosen candidate a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment at the archaeological interface between Arts & Humanities and Natural Science. We offer intensive scientific cooperation and integration into a unique, widely networked, international research team. In the field of research pertaining to the Late Glacial hunter-gatherer societies in northern Europe, we pursue diachronic, cross-cultural research perspectives just as intensively as an interdisciplinary research tradition.

Additional information

The Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf is committed to actively promote equal opportunities of all members of staff. We therefore encourage applications from all qualified persons irrespective of their cultural or social origin, age, gender, religion, worldview, disabilities or sexual preferences. Persons with registered disabilities will, with appropriate qualifications, competence, and expertise, be employed preferentially, taking into account all circumstances of the individual case.


The application may be written in English or German. It should state clearly, briefly and concisely why you are the most suitable candidate for this position. The application should be supported by informative documents (letter of interest, CV, list of publications, references, assessments, certificates).

Please submit your application as a single pdf no later than November 1st 2021 to:

Ms Sirka Feddersen

Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie

Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf

Schlossinsel 1, D-24837 Schleswig


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Scientific Director of the ZBSA:

PD Dr habil Berit Valentin Eriksen


Tel: +49 4621 813482

Mobile: +49 151 5855 1873

Please remark that your application will be treated confidentially and in strict compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). Information on data protection is available at our homepage: