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Call for candidates – assistant professor – archaeology

Call for candidates – assistant professor – archaeology

Category: assistant professor, job offer

The Dean of Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw invites applications for the position of assistant professor under the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” Programme.

Ref no – UW/IDUB/2024/19
Position – assistant professor
Job type – research
Scientific discipline – archaeology
Keywords – archaeology of Antiquity, historical archaeology, environmental history of Antiquity, climate history of Antiquity, disease history of Antiquity
Type of employment – fixed-term employment contract
Working pattern/ Hours – 3/4
Number of job offers – 1
Salary – up to PLN 12 000 (gross) per month
The position starts on – September 1st, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter
Planned period of employment – 16 months but no longer than until December 31, 2025
Department – Faculty of “Artes Liberales”
Action title – I.3.2. Systemic Risk Research Project

Project and Action description

The “Excellence Initiative – Research University” is a programme of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which enables the University of Warsaw to raise the level of its research activities, the quality of education and accordingly, the international recognition of the University.

The recruited candidate will perform the duties in Action I.3.2. Systemic Risk Research Project

The aim of the Systemic Risk Research Project is to conduct research on threats to systems of critical importance to the functioning of humans and societies, in particular to search for methods and ways to minimize these threats. The method of operation is to create a permanent platform for cooperation between leading researchers in the social, humanities, biological and science sciences.

The essence of the project activity will be to combine a deep perspective and broad reflection represented by representatives of social sciences and humanities with a wide scope of empirical data (including precise mathematical models and computer simulations), which are the domain of researchers in the field of science. In order to understand the crisis of civilization and find ways out of it, it is necessary to combine the precision of models created by the exact sciences with a deep understanding of man, societies and culture appropriate to social and human sciences. The strict approach to the study of complex systems developed by sciences offers tools to understand the multifaceted dynamics of the crisis and to integrate the perspectives of other branches of science. Many threats are global in nature and it is necessary to combine the results of own research relating to local conditions with similar research conducted in other projects around the world, both in developed and developing countries. Therefore, our project will by definition be part of an international (emerging) research network.

Job description and responsibilities

  1. Conducting research in the fields of environmental, climate and disease history of Antiquity.
  2. Conducting interdisciplinary research combining history and bioarchaeology, in particular aDNA and isotopic data.
  3. Active participation in the creation of an international research network related to Action I.3.2.
  4. Direct participation in the preparation, development, submission and implementation of grant applications related to Action I.3.2.
  5. Strengthening international cooperation and scientific exchange in the Excellence Initiative – Research University Programme in the framework of interdisciplinary research.
  6. Preparation of individual and collective publications related to Action I.3.2.
  7. Active participation in the popularization of research results related to Action I.3.2.

Key requirements

  • fulfilment of the conditions set out in the article 113 of Act of 20 July 2018. – Law on Higher Education and Science (Prawo o szkolnictwie wyższym i nauce – Journal of Laws 2023, item 742, as amended) and the UW Statute (Resolution No. 443 of the UW Senate of 26 June 2019, Monitor item 190);
  • doctoral degree obtained in the discipline of archaeology or history;
  • a minimum of 2 years of professional experience since obtaining a doctoral degree;
  • documented research expertise in environmental, climate and disease history of Antiquity;
  • readiness to work on publications and projects combining history and bioarchaeology, in particular aDNA and isotopic data;
  • extensive experience in directing archaeological excavations;
  • documented experience of successful interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • experience in acquiring and managing research grants;
  • fluent command of Latin;
  • very good command of English in terms of written, verbal and presentation communication.


  • a scan of PhD diploma;
  • a CV detailing the candidate’s education and research experience and a list of publications (in English);
  • up to three selected publications (pdf files);
  • a cover letter presenting the candidate’s profile in accordance with the requirements contained in the advertisement and the motivation for applying for the job offered (in English);
  • signed and completed questionnaire for the job applicant found in the link: https://bsp.adm.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2021/01/KWESTIONARIUSZ_OSOBOWY_KANDYDAT_11_2019_EN.docx
  • a declaration signed or a scan of a self-signed declaration in which the candidate confirms that he has read and accepted the rules for conducting competitions set out in ordinance No. 106 of the Rector of the University of Warsaw of September 27, 2019 specifying the detailed rules and procedure for conducting a competition for the position of an academic teacher;
  • a declaration signed or a scan of a hand-signed declaration of consent to the processing of personal data, attached to this announcement.

What we offer

  • an innovative research environment with real independence;
  • effective assistance in applying for domestic and international research grants;
  • a friendly and family-friendly work environment conducive to your career development.

How to apply

Please send an e-mail to cbrs@uw.edu.pl with the subject line “UW/IDUB/2024/19”

Selection and recruitment procedure

Selected candidates will be invited to a remote interview with the Recruitment Committee. The candidates will be notified individually by e-mail about the date of any interview.

The Recruitment Committee reserves the right to conduct a preliminary evaluation of applications before the stage of full evaluation of candidates.

Before commencing employment, the candidate selected in the competition is required to submit documents in the form required by the University of Warsaw.

The competition is the first stage of the recruitment procedure for the position of an academic teacher specified in the University of Warsaw Statute, and its positive outcome is the basis for further proceedings. After the initial analysis of the submitted applications, we will contact the selected candidates in order to carry out further stages of the recruitment procedure.

The University of Warsaw reserves the right to cancel the competition without giving any reason.


If you have any further questions, please contact Coordinator of Action I.3.2. Sebastian Szymański, email: s.j.szymanski@uw.edu.pl

Closing date for applications – July 18, 2024

Notification about the results – July 31, 2024

Results will be announced – by e-mail

Equal opportunities

The constitutional principle of equal treatment of all members of the University community is the foundation of its activity. The University supports diversity and prevents discrimination. The University implements the highest ethical standards, upholds scientific integrity, and follows the principles of the European Charter for Researchers.

Internal Application form(s) needed

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