Call for PhD Position in Late Antiquity: University of Lille, 2022-2025

Function and Meaning of Small Finds from Late Antique villae in Middle and Lower Danube Provinces within the MASLAP Project : Mutation of Architectural, Social and Landscape Space in the Mirror of Late Antique Peristyle Buildings along the Danube.

The proposed PhD dissertation should focus on the small finds and inscriptions connected with Late Antique villae, especially peristyle buildings, in selected settlement contexts in Middle and Lower Danube Provinces from the 3rd to the 7th century AD. This analysis constitutes the microscale within the structure of the MASLAP-project, its aim being to assess the assemblages, understand what social levels they belong to, and elicit what processes they reveal in terms of the establishment and use of the buildings. Differences and commonalities between societies or elites in the Danube provinces, and transformations within them, can emerge from such an analysis.


High potential graduates will be selected among international universities. The University of Lille is the mandatory residence for the position (the candidate will be encouraged to learn French, if they do not already know it).

High valued Master’s Degree in Archaeological Studies, Roman Archaeology or related disciplines is required.

Language skills will be particularly valued: English is mandatory, French, German and ancient languages (ancient Greek and Latin) are desirable, while a language of the research area (Hungarian, Serbian, Bulgarian, etc.) is beneficial. The official language of the project is English, for the application and the PhD dissertation (to which will be added a long summary in French).

All candidates must complete a formal application, including:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Academic transcript (from the bachelor’s degree);
  • PhD project (up to 5 pages) linked to the general topic of the position, including: historical question, state of the art, originality of the topic, methodology, references;
  • Academic references are welcome.

The examination takes place in two steps:

  1. A selection based upon application;
  2. An online interview (only shortlisted candidates).

Selected candidates for the interview will be notified by e-mail.


Submissions open: 13 June 2022

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2022

Interview: 12 July 2022

Decision: before 18 July 2022

Start of PhD: 1 October 2022


Prof. Dr Orsolya Heinrich-Tamáska

Prof. Dr Sandrine Huber

Dr Dominic Moreau