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).