Monday, June 25, 2018

Establishment of dedicated Art Characterization research laboratory at STARC as part of the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia


Establishment of dedicated Art Characterization research laboratory at STARC as part of the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia


Advances in Science and Technology have revolutionized the documentation and study of art and archaeology. Issues of style, iconography, technique, provenance and materiality addressed through innovative digital and analytical methods, have transformed the history of art, the archaeological method, the preservation of cultural heritage and their relevance for contemporary societies. Responding to these developments, the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia (Cyprus) established ten years ago STARC, the Research Center for Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture. Faculty and staff at STARC study archaeology and cultural heritage using methods from the natural and engineering sciences in cross-disciplinary collaborations with scholars from the humanities and social sciences, leading to new insights into the past and better protection and dissemination of our cultural heritage.
STARC research is conducted in partnership and through joint activities with numerous national and international government agencies, university departments and research units. Its founding partner is C2RMF, the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France, and strong partnerships exist also with Princeton University, CNR in Italy, the University of Cambridge (UK), and many others. STARC is the Eastern Mediterranean hub in the European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Science (E-RIHS). While part of a national research institute, the research activities of STARC go well beyond Cyprus and focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (the EMME region), in four main areas: Digital Cultural Heritage, Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes, Bioarchaeology, and Archaeological Materials.
Building on STARLab, a successful EU-funded project creating a mobile platform for non-invasive science and technology applications in archaeology and cultural heritage, STARC recently established the Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories (APAC Labs), to offer a holistic approach to art characterization. Specifically, the labs pursue:
A) Research, to advance the effective use of heritage science and technology in the characterization of works of art, monuments and related archaeological materials.
B) Innovation, to develop task-specific service protocols related to material characterization, provenance, condition assessment, and identification of works of art and cultural heritage artefacts.
C) Training and Education, to offer training events, workshops and seminars to experts and students from both the humanities and the sciences, thus exposing them to interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches.

The APAC Labs comprise an interdisciplinary research pipeline that is based on a broad and multi-scale diagnostics approach, integrating inorganic / organic physico-chemical methods with reflectography, multi-spectral imaging, and surface 2D imaging/3D geometric characterization. Acquired data are archived in repositories as part of Dioptra: the Edmée Leventis Digital Library for Cypriot Culture (dioptra.cyi.ac.cy) and managed in coordination with CyI’s Cy-Tera High Performance Computing Facility.
Digital documentation, spectral imaging and analytical work on Byzantine icons, frescoes, mosaics and paintings by artists such as El Greco, Titian and Giovanni Baronzio have already offered exciting results on aspects of technique and materials used. In addition, they have provided new insights into the history and preservation of these works. Scientific visualization has allowed the virtual reconstruction of heritage-at-risk monuments, such as the church of Christ Antiphonitis, fragments of archaic terracotta statues from Salamis, now dispersed across numerous museums and collections across the world, or fading graffiti in the medieval churches of Cyprus and Venice. Moreover, the use of virtual immersive environments offers tremendous possibilities in the simulation of heritage contexts, such as the historic old city of Nicosia, or the prehistoric World Heritage Site of Choirokoitia.
As part of their research activities and development the APAC Labs will be offering fellowships for visiting scholars and students as well as training and workshops opportunities. For more details, updates and contact information please check the APAC Labs website: apac.cyi.ac.cy

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is an internationally recognized research institution, created by the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF) as part of its vision to help transform Cyprus into a knowledge-based economy, and to advance the welfare of the island and the region.  It is carrying out pioneering research involving cutting-edge technologies, in order to address problems of regional and international significance; much of its research is funded by competitive national and European (FP7 and H2020) grants. At the same time, it provides training for future researchers and scholars through its high quality Doctoral and Master’s programs.  CyI comprises of three specialized multidisciplinary research centers, developed in partnership with leading international institutions in their respective thematic areas.
The Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC) partnered with the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF).
The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) partnered with the University of Illinois. 







Thursday, June 7, 2018

Roots of Europe Summer Seminar 7–12 August 2018

Languages and migrations in pre-historic Europe

Roots of Europe Summer Seminar
at NorS and the National Museum of Denmark
7–12 August 2018

Linguists, archaeologists and geneticists dig into Europe’s prehistoric past in a new, cross-disciplinary collaboration

Prehistory – defined as the time period before the emergence of written records – has traditionally been explored and described by archaeologists. Historical linguists as well have reconstructed language stages deep into prehistory, despite the lack of written records. Due to the new revolutionary methods emerging in the natural sciences – in particular the discovery of ancient DNA and strontium isotopes – archaeologists and archaeolinguists are now able to compare and connect their findings with unprecedented precision. As a result, we have an increasingly complex and vivid idea of Europe’s Neolithic and Bronze-Age populations: their languages, migrations, mutual warfare, religion, mythology and social organization.
These are the topics to be presented and discussed by a panel of internationally leading experts.

The organizers

The RoE Summer Seminar is a collaboration between the National Museum of Denmark and Roots of Europe, a research center at the University of Copenhagen devoted to tying together the linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence of Europe’s prehistoric past, beginning with the Late Neolithic and moving into the Bronze Age.

Call for ph.d. papers

The programme has five slots for ph.d. students from any of the relevant fields who wish to attend the seminar as part of their ph.d. programme. Ph.d. students are invited to present papers relating their research to the over-all topic of the seminar. Participation is free for the selected ph.d. students. For more info on how to submit your paper and how to sign up, please read here.

Who can attend?

All talks will be open to the public; to attend the talks at the museum, visitors must pay the museum’s entrance fee.
Participants wishing to take part in lunches and coffee breaks and obtain free access to the museum during the seminar must sign up at the KU Webshop. The deadline is 15 July

Of related interest

Unlike in previous years, the Roots of Europe does not offer a summer school; but we would like to draw your attention to the Archaeomics Summer School that takes place in the week just following the seminar at the department of GeoGenetics.

Programme and additional info:


We hope to see you this summer,

Best regards,

Lasse Sørensen
Head of Research and Collections
Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead
Academic assistant


Besøg Nationalmuseets hjemmeside

Danmarks og Middelhavslandenes Oldtid/Ancient Cultures of Denmark and the Mediterranean

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Applications now open for ISA student travel bursaries



Travel bursaries are available for student SAS members participating in the International Symposium on Archaeometry

  • Three $500 USD bursaries will be awarded by SAS to students presenting at the 42nd International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA) in Mérida, Mexico from May 20th – 26th , 2018
  • Applicants must be current dues paying SAS members at the time of submission: http://www.socarchsci.org/memb.html
  • Preference will be given to applicants from countries traditionally underrepresented at the International Symposium on Archaeometry, but all student participants are encouraged to apply
  • Bursary funds are unrestricted; awardees may use funds for any conference related expenses and will not be required to provide receipts
  • Bursary delivery: PayPal is preferable but SAS can also send a wire transfer directly to your bank or provide a check or cash (USD) at the ISA meeting. If you are awarded a bursary SAS will ask for your preferred method.
  • Each applicant must submit the following items to SAS by April 10th, 2018
    • Proof of conference registration (receipt from ISA)
    • Proof of presentation at the conference (e-mail from ISA stating that your submission was accepted)
    • Poster or presentation abstract text as submitted to ISA
    • Image of current student identification card (or letter from your supervisor or department head confirming student status)
    • Statement agreeing to provide an extended abstract/short article (~1000 words) about your research to be published in the SAS Bulletin after the ISA meeting


Monday, March 26, 2018

SAS Student Research Travel Grant Winner for the Spring 2018 Cycle

Congratulations to our winner of the SAS Student Research Travel Grant - 

Ana Franjić from the UCL Institute of Archaeology!

"My doctoral project, entitled Iron Age Glass Technology in South East Europe, examines glassmaking and glass use on the territory of present-day Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the first millennium BCE. The SAS Student Research International Travel Award helped me conduct LA-ICP-MS analysis of my samples at the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University. The high resolution of the newly acquired data allowed me to quantify the sand-related trace elements, which are informative of the source of the raw glass. The results will hopefully enable me to link the material to one of the few primary glass workshops operating in the Mediterranean during this period. Ultimately, the results of this work will contribute to our broader understanding of glass use in Iron Age Europe" 

  • Keep an eye out for updates on Ana's research in forthcoming issues of the SAS Bulletin later this spring and over the summer.
  • The next application deadline for the SAS Student Research Travel Grant will be on September 1st, 2018.
  • You can find information on previous grantees and application details here: http://www.socarchsci.org/awards1.html
  • Remember, applicants must have been SAS members for the previous 12 months before submitting their project for consideration.  SAS student annual dues are among the lowest of any professional or learned society and start at just $15 USD.  Eligibility for student travel awards is just one benefit of SAS membership, so join now: http://www.socarchsci.org/memb.htm




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Job Announcement: Collections Manager for the Environmental Archaeology Program, Florida

ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY COLLECTIONS MANAGER
The Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time Collections Manager for the Environmental Archaeology Program (EAP). The EAP Collection Manager will report to the EAP Curator and will oversee and manage the curation of the environmental archaeological and modern comparative collections and associated archives and data; manage laboratory activities by personnel and visitors; manage finances and purchases; coordinate outreach activities to the public; and, in cooperation with the Curator, coordinate and update EAP strategic plans, seek funds for collections support, and conduct research and teaching as appropriate.
DUTIES: Specific duties will include acquiring, preparing, maintaining, and upgrading EAP specimens including modern comparative and archaeological animal, plant, and soil materials and associated archives and data; maintaining and upgrading data management systems, entering collection/research data, and integrating outdated collection data; coordinating specimen transactions including loans and acquisitions; coordinating, training, and supervising employees, student assistants, volunteers, and visiting researchers; managing accounts, budgets, and purchasing; and maintaining laboratory operations safety. Additional duties will include working closely with the Curator on updating policies and protocols, and on securing funds to support collection curation and management; outreach activities including responding to requests from researchers and the general public, participating in public education programs and exhibit planning, coordinating tours, press visits, and donor communications within the EAP collection; and serving on FLMNH committees and committees of appropriate professional and research societies. It is also expected that the EAP Collections Manager will participate in environmental archaeology research projects in cooperation with the curator, and, as time permits and if desired, lecture (graduate or undergraduate) through an affiliated department.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in a related field and five years of experience working with a collection of an appropriate discipline.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. preferred, with specific knowledge of biology and archaeology, and an understanding of circum-Caribbean environmental archaeology research and collections; at least five years of experience curating an environmental archaeology collection, and an understanding of the special housing, storage, and regulatory requirement for circum-Caribbean modern  and archaeological animal, plant, and soil collections; knowledge of environmental archaeological field and laboratory techniques and proficiency in the identification, preparation, and curation of modern comparative and archaeological environmental archaeology collections; experience with curatorial and collection management responsibilities; skills in managing paid staff, unpaid volunteers, and graduate and undergraduate students; experience and skills with database development and management; ability to successfully secure grants and demonstrated ability for effective scholarly writing, research, and communication with peers, students, and the general public.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: To be considered, all applications must be submitted on-line by 11:55 (EDT) October 27, 2017. To submit an application packet, please go to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ and search by Job#504806. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Archaeometry and Archaeo Science Jobs Update, Sept. 2017

HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Assistant Professor OR Untenured Associate Professor in Anthropological Archaeology with a focus on Archaeological Science

The Department of Anthropology at Harvard University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or untenured Associate Professor in anthropological archaeology with a focus on archaeological science, broadly defined. We seek a candidate with expertise in scientific analyses applied to anthropological problems using archaeological data. Preference will be given to candidates who are leading research projects in, and can teach methods and theoretical aspects of, any one (or more) archaeological science/archaeometry complementary to existing department strengths. (Examples of research orientation include, but are not limited to, archaeobotany, archaeological statistics, archaeometallurgy, bioarchaeology, ceramic analyses, chronometric dating techniques, environmental archaeology, forensic anthropology, geoarchaeology, geophysics, human osteoarchaeology, isotopic archaeology, molecular archaeology, zooarchaeology, etc.). Candidates are expected to be able to offer introductory as well as advanced courses to undergraduates and graduate students and to demonstrate a promise of excellence in both research and teaching.
In addition to a cover letter, applicants should provide a statement of present and future research as well as a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three to five references. In addition, the application should include a CV, teaching evaluations and two or three writing samples/publications. Please submit the materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7693) no later than November 1, 2017. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2018 and a PhD is required by the start date
Contact Information: Chair, Search Committee, Archaeological Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 at: anthrochair@fas.harvard.edu.
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT: Assistant Professor, Archaeology

The University of Vermont, Department of Anthropology seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in archaeology. We invite applications from broadly-trained, anthropological archaeologists whose research focuses on human-environment interaction in the past. Ideal candidates should: 1) examine anthropogenic changes to landscapes and/or human responses to environmental change; and 2) do work that is firmly grounded in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing methodologies, geoarchaeology, or archaeochemistry. Strong preference will be given to applicants who work in the Americas and actively engage contemporary indigenous or Afro-descendent communities.
The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an active program of field and laboratory research and to obtain extramural funding to support these pursuits. In addition to teaching, faculty members will advise and mentor undergraduates and, whenever practical, involve students in their research. Prospective candidates should submit a letter detailing their areas of expertise and potential research and teaching contributions along with a curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. Apply online at www.uvmjobs.com by searching for the position under the department name (Anthropology). The position will remain open until filled but priority will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2017. The hire must have a Ph.D. in anthropology at the time of initial appointment. The anticipated start date is August, 2018.
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is a major research university located in the state’s largest city of Burlington. Our community has been labeled one of the nation’s best small cities and ranks highly “for outside activities, arts and entertainment, safety, and overall quality of life.”
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE: George Pitt-Rivers Professorship of Archaeological Science

The Board of Electors to the George Pitt-Rivers Professorship of Archaeological Science invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in Archaeological Science, as broadly construed, and one integrated with wider issues in interpretative archaeology. Candidates will be able to demonstrate the intellectual vision, applied experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining a leading research presence for Cambridge in this field, while also demonstrating an appetite for new, transformative approaches to configuring the future shape of Archaeological Science within Cambridge and internationally. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.
The duties for this Professorship include cutting-edge research and teaching in Archaeological Science, broadly construed, that demonstrates both conceptual breadth and world-class specialist excellence; the ability to build and lead a team of colleagues and research students from across the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology; engagement with laboratory design and equipping; and contributions alongside other senior colleagues to the strategic advancement and leadership of Archaeology at Cambridge. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.
To apply online for this vacancy, please go here: https://hrsystems.admin.cam.ac.uk/recruit-ui/pages/auth/login.xhtml This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.
Further information is available at: https://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/professorships or contact the Human Resources Division, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email: ibise@admin.cam.ac.uk).
Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees, should be made online no later than 22 September 2017.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Disney Professor of Archaeology (cb122@cam.ac.uk).
Please quote reference JB12236 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop at the Smithsonian 10-11 April, 2018

Learn more and register here!

Instructors: Dr. Tony Krus & Dr. Derek Hamilton (University of Glasgow)

Target Audience: Archaeologists interested in interpreting & performing Bayesian chronological modeling

When: 10–11 April (Tuesday & Wednesday), 9:00am–4:30pm each day

Cost: $239 for non-students & $149 for students; $149 for single day attendance & $99 for students (maximum 25 people per day). Lunch, snacks, coffee, and other refreshments will be provided.

The Smithsonian Institution will host its first ever Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop for the 83rd Annual Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Meeting in Washington, DC.

Day 1: Bayesian Modeling for Beginners will cover an introduction to radiocarbon dating and Bayesian chronological modeling.

Day 2: Advanced Modeling Techniques will provide more practical work with creating complex models.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • critically interpret chronological data
  • use Bayesian chronological modeling software
  • model the time and length of archaeological phases
  • publish and critically review models
  • understand advanced modeling techniques

A printed workbook designed for the workshop will also be provided to all participants. Participants are required to bring a laptop to the workshop equipped with OxCal (a free, user friendly software package). Instructions on how to install OxCal locally on your laptop and other important information will be provided after sign-up.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Postdoctoral Research Position in Archaeological Science: Aarhus University, Denmark

Postdoctoral Research Position in Archaeological Science 905680

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral position that will start on 1 September 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter), to research past human subsistence, diet and/or mobility by means of stable isotope analyses and other archaeological science methods.

The DEDiT research project
The funding for this two-year postdoctoral position has been generously made available by the Aarhus University Research Foundation (Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond), through the project entitled “Danish and European Diets in Time (DEDiT)”. The successful applicant will join the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies (School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University) and a research group led by Dr. Marcello A. Mannino (Associate Professor in Archaeological Science), comprising a PhD student and a laboratory assistant. Research that has recently been undertaken as part of DEDiT includes isotopic investigations of human diets in Denmark during the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Viking Age and Middle Ages. In addition, work has started on the study of mollusc shells from prehistoric Danish middens, based on sclerochronological and high-resolution isotope approaches. 

Aarhus University has a solid research infrastructure that includes the Aarhus AMS Centre (Department of Physics and Astronomy) and the Danish Interdisciplinary Centre for Plasma Mass Spectrometry (Department of Geoscience). As part of the DEDiT project, collaborations have been undertaken and are planned with colleagues at these facilities, where sample pretreatment and isotope analyses for the postdoctoral research can be conducted. 

DEDiT is a project that aims to initiate isotope-based archaeological research at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, where a sample pretreatment laboratory is being set up. This facility will have strong work connections with Moesgaard Museum and, in particular, with its Department of Archaeological Science and Conservation. Planned methodological approaches include isotope analyses on bone and dentinal collagen (C, N, S, H), as well as on bioapatite (C, O). Additional methodologies that will be pursued are high-resolution isotope analyses of incremental-growth skeletal structures (i.e. teeth and shells).   
  
Research and postdoctoral project
The successful applicant will collaborate on research that has been recently initiated, or is at the planning stage, and for which funding is available. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be able to pursue projects of their own, in collaboration with the principal investigator and in compliance with the time constraints of a two-year contract. Applicants should therefore include a description of their intended research project during their prospective contract, providing details of the budget, timeline and expected scientific output of the work.

Proposed projects can focus on materials from prehistoric or historic periods, but should preferably focus on southern Scandinavia or northern Europe (depending on the interest of the research, proposals regarding materials from further afield may also be taken into account). The research should ideally be based on one or more of the methodological approaches described above, although preference will be given to projects that aim to reconstruct life histories through isotope analyses. Research that combines isotopic methods with physical anthropology, zooarchaeology or archaeobotany is also of interest.

Qualifications and job requirements
Applicants for the position must hold a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and should also document:
• expertise in the application of isotope analyses on organic archaeological remains
• relevant laboratory experience and analytical skills
• an international research profile, as well as excellent research quality
• the ability to work independently and in collaboration within a research group.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for funding, and expected to present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed international scientific journals in a timely fashion. The position may involve some teaching commitments, as agreed upon with the head of department and principal investigator of the project.

The application must be submitted in English.
For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Marcello A. Mannino (marcello.mannino@cas.au.dk).

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (mbb@au.dk) at the School of Culture and Society.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

FFELLOWSHIPS: In Ceramic Petrology (Fitch Laboratory--BSA)

Fitch Laboratory Fellowships in Ceramic Petrology
Full-time, fixed-term positions


The Fitch Laboratory of the British School at Athens (BSA), a centre for advanced research in science-based archaeology, internationally renowned in the field of archaeological ceramic analysis, invites applications for two research positions in ceramic petrology:

1. Williams Fellow in Ceramic Petrology (full-time, fixed-term post for 3 years)

The Fellow will undertake research on archaeological ceramics as member of a research team, involving work in the field, the laboratory and the library, in order to produce publications of international excellence. In addition to Laboratory projects, the Fellow will be encouraged to pursue his/her own research initiatives. His/her research programme will be agreed with the Laboratory Director and approved by the Fitch Laboratory Committee, and his/her performance will be subject to periodic evaluation. The Fellow is expected to contribute to the BSA’s teaching programme, including the postgraduate training course on ceramic petrology organised annually by the Fitch Laboratory, and to coordinate the use and maintenance of the laboratory facilities for ceramic petrology (e.g. microscopes, reference collections).

Candidates must hold a PhD (or be close to acquiring one) in Archaeology or Archaeological Science combined with proven training/experience in using petrographic analysis with thin sections (optical microscopy). Importance is attached to familiarity with Aegean or east Mediterranean archaeology, and knowledge of Modern Greek is desirable (but not essential). Evidence of the ability to produce research publications to an international standard will be an advantage. Applicants should be able to engage in and contribute to a research group and develop research agendas.

The fellowship is for three years. The post is based in Athens, Greece, and the gross salary will be in the range of 25,000-27,500€ per annum, with health insurance and additional funding for research/conference travel (up to 1,500€ p.a.).

2. Ceramic Petrology Fellow for the ‘Corinth Punic Amphora Building Project’ (full-time, fixed-term post for 18 months)

The Fellow will undertake research, with emphasis on the application of ceramic petrology, in the context of an interdisciplinary project on the so-called Punic Amphora Building at Corinth. S/he will collaborate with other laboratory staff and an international team of collaborators on the petrographic and elemental analysis of ceramic and geological samples from Corinth and sites in the western Mediterranean, and the final synthesis of the scientific and archaeological results. S/he will work in the field, the laboratory and the library, aiming to produce publications of international excellence. 

Candidates must hold a PhD (or be close to acquiring one) in Archaeology or Archaeological Science combined with proven training/experience in using petrographic analysis with thin sections (optical microscopy), while any experience in combining ceramic petrology with elemental analysis will be considered as an asset. Familiarity with Mediterranean archaeology and the study of transport amphoras will be considered favourably. Evidence of the ability to produce research publications to an international standard will be an advantage. Applicants should be able to engage in and contribute to a research group and develop research agendas.

The fellowship is for eighteen months. The post is based in Athens, Greece, and the gross salary will be in the range of 25,000-27,500€ per annum, with health insurance and additional funding for research/conference travel (up to 1,500€).



Applicants who are interested in both posts should indicate this clearly in their cover letter; they do not need to submit a second application. They are asked to supply the following:
⦁       A cover letter, giving the applicant’s contact details, outlining the reasons for applying, giving details of supporting enclosures, and summarising the applicant’s principal qualifications for the job(s); they need to indicate clearly whether they are interested in only one or in both of the two posts and provide relevant justification;
⦁       A curriculum vitae, giving details of past employment, academic and other qualifications, any relevant experience, research interests and publications;
⦁       The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of two referees, whom the candidate has contacted in advance and who have agreed to supply letters of reference which they will send to the School Administrator by the closing date; Applications and references should be submitted via email to the School Administrator, Mrs Tania Gerousi (mailto:school.administrator@bsa.ac.uk).

⦁       ONLY THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE WILLIAMS FELLOW IN CERAMIC PETROLOGY (fixed-term for 3 years post) need to also submit a proposal for a potential research project matching both the interests of the applicant and the Laboratory (up to one page);

Closing date for receipt of applications and references: 19 May 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in mid-July. The successful candidates will be expected to take up the posts from 1 October 2017 (negotiable).

Equality of opportunity is BSA policy.

For further details on the British School at Athens and the Fitch Laboratory, check the relevant sections in the School’s website (http://www.bsa.ac.uk/pages/award_drill.php?cat_id=9&award_id=21).

For informal enquiries, please contact the Laboratory Director, Dr Evangelia Kiriatzi (mailto:e.kiriatzi@bsa.ac.uk).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Job Alert! - Two research positions at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology



http://www.eva.mpg.de/index.html

Two positions relevant to members of The Society for Archaeological Sciences are currently open at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,  Department of Human Evolution in Leipzig, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) whose aim is to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective with the help of comparative analyses of genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
We are seeking a researcher to conduct isotopic studies in the broader context of Pleistocene human evolution. This includes sample collection, analysis, methodological development and publication. We are particularly interested in candidates able to address environmental issues such as climate or seasonality and who can interact with geochronologists, palaeoanthropologists and archaeologists within the Department. Sample material (predominantly vertebrate remains and molluscs) will derive from several archaeological sites excavated by members of the Department. The selected applicant will have to take advantage of a recently installed Kiel IV carbonate device coupled to a Thermo Scientific 253 plus IRMS. We expect the ideal candidate to be able to operate an IRMS and the connected devices such as a TCEA and a Kiel device.

This research position may begin immediately. The selected candidate will have a significant track record of research. Conditions will depend on seniority and the appointment is extendable up to six years. Joint or partial appointments will be considered if the appointment is mainly based in Leipzig. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

For further information please contact Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin (hublin@
eva.mpg.de). Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests, and the names of three referees. Please hand in these documents during the application process. The search for these positions will continue until a successful candidate has been selected. The deadline for applications is April 07, 2017.
We seek a researcher that uses the archaeological sedimentary record to reconstruct past human behavior, addressing issues of site formation and the context of archaeological remains. We are particularly interest in researchers that apply soil micromorphology and FTIR (IR and microFTIR) techniques to questions of interest to our department. The ideal candidate should be able to integrate and cooperate with a multidisciplinary environment and work directly with Paleolithic archaeologists, archaeological scientists, and geochronologists. More information about the Department and its research activities can be found on our web site.

The selected candidate will have a significant track record of research and the position may begin immediately. Conditions will depend on seniority and the initial appointment will be two years, but is extendable up to four years. 

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests, and the names of three referees. For further information, please contact Dr. Shannon McPherron (mcpherron@eva.mpg.de). The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.