Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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

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and data; maintaining and upgrading data management systems, entering collection/research data, and integrating outdated collection data; coordinating specimen transactions including loans and acquisitions; coordinating, training, and supervising employees, student assistants,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 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 ( 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:
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 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: 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: or contact the Human Resources Division, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email:
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 (
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 (

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn ( 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 (

⦁       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 (

For informal enquiries, please contact the Laboratory Director, Dr Evangelia Kiriatzi (

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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

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@ 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 ( 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:
  • 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 with your questions.

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