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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Archaeology of North Atlantic Fisheries

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We seek to appoint a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDR) responsible for the Archaeological study of North Atlantic Marine Fisheries over the last two millennia, with a particular emphasis on Cod and Herring.

The successful applicant will: 

  • join a growing interdisciplinary team studying human impacts on key marine taxa globally over the last two millennia
  • lead their own study of especially zooarchaeological data, within the overall goals of the 4-OCEANS project
  • collaborate with project team members specializing in ancient DNA, data science, stable isotope analysis, geometric and traditional morphometrics, zooarchaeology and environmental history, and
  • build collaborations with national and international institutions and researchers.

More specifically, the successful applicant will expand our understanding of North Atlantic fisheries by synthesis of published and public domain zooarchaeological data, especially from eastern North America. Focused comparison with existing research regarding European and Pacific Ocean fisheries will also be conducted. The role-holder will work in close cooperation with existing team members (especially Dr. Danielle Buss, Dr. Katrien Dierickx and Dr. Mohsen Falahati-Anbaran) and with external collaborators. The appointee will lead two or more first-authored peer-reviewed international journal articles and contribute to other interdisciplinary publications as a co-author. In addition to journal articles, the proposed research will result in georeferenced open-access datasets suitable for mapping in a forthcoming online 4-OCEANS Atlas of Historical Marine Extractions.

The post-holder will have excellent interpersonal skills and a high level of respect for both Indigenous data sovereignty and collaborators contributing legacy datasets. The appointee will have successfully defended their PhD and demonstrated evidence of being both intellectually driven and highly cooperative in a teamwork setting. They will be clearly motivated to contribute to the scientific and societal goals of the 4-OCEANS project. Candidates having backgrounds in either zooarchaeology or other aspects of archaeology are welcome, with training available to assist the successful applicant in bridging subdisciplines.

4-OCEANS is a European Research Council Synergy Project funded for six years under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, with supplementary funding from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The project aims to assess the importance of marine life for human societies globally during the last two millennia, up to the age of fishing under steam-powered vessels. Further information regarding the project and growing team is available at and 400

The post-holder will join the Department of Archaeology and Cultural History, in the University Museum of NTNU. The appointee will be based in Trondheim and cooperate with a large interdisciplinary team: at NTNU, the University of Oslo, Trinity College Dublin, NOVA University Lisbon and internationally.

The post-holder will collaborate with and report to principal investigator Professor James H. Barrett, who can be contacted for informal inquiries.

The post will begin at latest 1st November 2023. The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

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