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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award at the Society for American Archaeology Meeting in Vancouver, Canada



Submissions are open for the 2017 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award Competition at the 82nd SAA Meeting


      This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the application of scientific methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade.  The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research, his dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, his leading roles as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002) of the Society, and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin.  Professor Taylor's many valuable contributions were recognized by the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in 2004 with the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research. The student poster award consists of $100 USD, a one-year SAS membership including subscription to the SAS Bulletin, and publication of the winning poster abstract in the Bulletin.
          Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student.  Please note that for the poster to be considered the student must be listed as first author. 
  • Students should submit a preliminary application e-mail by March 17th, 2017.  Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the SAA meetings (forwarded e-mail from the SAA), and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student (on your SAA registration or a student ID).  The preliminary application is intended to help SAS gauge the number of expected applicants.  If you forgot to submit a preliminary application by March 17th, please contact us before the 24th and ask if you can still submit your poster for consideration.
  • Students will also be required to submit a PDF version of their poster on or before March 24th, 2017Confirmation that your complete application has been received will be e-mailed to you; please keep this confirmation message.
  • All preliminary applications and poster submissions must be sent to Dr. Destiny Crider at: cridde01@luther.edu
  • Judges will be present in person at the SAA meeting to review posters and to ask students questions about their research.  Prizes will be awarded following the end of the last SAA poster session.
  •  Not sure whether your research topic is appropriate for this award? E-mail Dr. Andrew Zipkin at amzipkin@illinois.edu with your questions.

Good luck to all participants in the 2017 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award Competition!

Monday, April 4, 2016

R.E. TAYLOR STUDENT POSTER AWARD COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT ISA 2016

http://www.socarchsci.org/awards.html


The Society for Archaeological Sciences invites applications for the R.E. Taylor Poster Award at the 41st International Symposium on Archaeometry, 2016

This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the use of scientific methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade. The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and his dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences; his leading role as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002) of the Society; and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin. Professor Taylor's many valuable contributions were recognized by the SAA in 2004 with the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research. The award consists of $100 US, a one-year SAS membership and subscription to the SAS Bulletin.

Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the first author in order to be considered. Students should submit an email application to Destiny Crider (cridde01@luther.edu)  by May 1, 2016. Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the ISA meeting, and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student.

 Email confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to you. Please keep this email confirmation. In order to give the judges adequate time to posters, students will also be required to submit a PDF version of their poster on or before May 10, 2016. Judges will be present in person at the ISA meetings to judge posters and to ask students questions about their research. Prizes will be awarded at the ISA meeting following the end of the last poster session.

Good luck to everyone!
To enter contact Destiny Crider (cridde01@luther.edu)

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Roots of Europe Summer School

Roots of Europe Summer School in linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and genetics
University of Copenhagen
25 July - 7 August 2016

The Roots of Europe Summer School is happy to announce its final schedule and complete list of lecturers for the summer of 2016. 
The course takes an interdisciplinary perspective on the Indo-European migrations in the light of recent advances in linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and genetics. As such it is unique in the world. It is aimed at scholars at all levels; university students earn 7.5 ECTS.

Non-EU students in particular should be aware of the 1 April deadline which gives ample time to apply for a visa; others may apply by 1 June.

Please read more and/or sign up at http://rootsofeurope.ku.dk/roe_sommerskole/

We hope to see you this summer!

Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead


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Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead, PhD
Individual, kin and family in prehistoric Europe  what words can tell
Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab
Njalsgade 120
2300 København S

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Special Issue in Remote Sensing on Archaeological Detection

 A Special Issue of the journal Remote Sensing, under the Guest Editorship of Ken Kvamme (University of Arkansas, USA), will be devoted entirely to archaeological prospecting and remote sensing, with a focus on archaeological detection. Remote Sensing is an open access journal free to readers on the internet with an Impact Factor of 3.180 and a 5-Year Impact Factor of 3.257 in 2014.
   
  Authors are urged to submit to this Special Issue. It will offer high exposure to a wide audience of the many results and techniques employed in contemporary archaeological work. Papers are requested from regions throughout the world that explore remote sensing techniques and technologies for locating archaeological sites and features, including ground-based or marine geophysics, aerial imaging through aircraft or drones, lidar, multispectral imaging from air or space, thermal infrared imaging, or air or space radar. Papers might also be of a methodological nature that examine the integration of multi-sensor data (from ground, air, or space), automatic archaeological feature detection, or even GIS-based or other computer models of archaeological location. Review articles covering one or more of these topics are also welcome. While a number of Special Issues in archaeological topics have appeared before in this journal, none have focused on archaeological detection as a problem and few have had a focus that includes ground-based methods, such as geophysics.
     
Authors are asked to pay a fee of 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs) per processed paper, but only if the article is accepted for publication in this journal after peer-review and possible revisions (seehttp://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/apc for further details). Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a final submission date of 30 September, 2016. Complete details about the Special Issue can be found at:http://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/archaeological .
    
 Further details about the journal can be found at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing, or about the Special Issue by contacting Ken Kvamme at kkvamme@uark.edu.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

R.E. TAYLOR STUDENT POSTER AWARD COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT SAA 2016

R.E. TAYLOR STUDENT POSTER AWARD COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT SAA 2016

The Society for Archaeological Sciences invites applications for the R.E. Taylor Poster Award at the Society for American Archaeology's 81st Anniversary Meeting in Orlando, Florida
This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the use of scientific methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade. The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and his dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences; his leading role as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002)of the Society; and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin. Professor Taylor's many valuable contributions were recognized by the SAA in 2004 with the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research. The award consists of $100 US, a one-year SAS membership and subscription to the SAS Bulletin.

Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the first author in order to be considered. Students should submit an email application to Destiny Crider (cridde01@luther.edu) by March 28, 2016. Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the SAA meetings (email from the SAA), and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student (usually appears on your SAA registration). Email confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to you. Please keep this email confirmation. In order to give the judges adequate time to posters, students will also be required to submit a PDF version of their poster on or before April 1, 2016. Judges will be present in person at the SAA meetings to judge posters and to ask students questions about their research. Prizes will be awarded at the SAA meetings following the end of the last poster session.

Good luck to everyone!

To enter contact Destiny Crider (cridde01@luther.edu)

http://www.socarchsci.org/awards.html

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MIT Visiting Faculty Fellowship in Archaeological Materials

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at MIT invites inaugural applications for its new, ongoing program of Visiting Faculty Fellowships in Archaeological Materials. The Fellowship is intended to support a visiting scholar at DMSE for one academic year who will work at the intersection of materials science and engineering and the social sciences, specifically archaeology. Fellows can draw upon DMSE facilities and laboratories as well as those at the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE). The Fellowship includes a $50k salary, and additional support is available for teaching. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV with the names of three references, up to three publications, and a two- to three-page description of the applicant’s research plan and teaching (optional) during the term of the Fellowship. Applicants from academic institutions must have appointments at the level of Associate Professor or Professor.

Please submit application materials no later than by 31 January 2016 to dmse-fellowship@mit.edu  Questions about the Fellowships may be addressed directly to Professor Heather Lechtman (lechtman@mit.edu).

With MIT’s strong commitment to diversity in engineering education, research and practice we especially encourage minorities and women to apply.
MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

Friday, November 6, 2015

Call for applications: SAS Student Research International Travel Award

The Society for Archaeological Sciences is accepting applications for the SAS Student Research International Travel Award. 

Up to $1000 is available to help with costs of international travel for laboratory or field research to students who have been SAS members for more than one consecutive year. Applications will be accepted from undergraduates in their final year of study who are planning to attend graduate school as well as Masters degree and PhD students. Research must be undertaken in a different country than that of their home institution. Funds may not be used to attend at conferences, field schools, classes and/or training courses. The application deadline is February 1st, 2016.  

You can find more information and an application here.

For a list of past Travel Award recipients, please see the Travel Award page on the SAS website.