ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of Southampton
RESEARCH FIELDMedical sciences
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE08/12/2016 00:00 - Europe/London
TYPE OF CONTRACTPermanent
Research Fellow Population, Health & Wellbeing
Location: Highfield Campus
Full Time Fixed Term (6 months)
Closing Date: Thursday 08 December 2016
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Celtic Connections and Crannogs: A new study of Lake Settlements Across the Irish Sea is a new AHRC funded research project led by Professor Tony Brown (PI) and Dr Peter Langdon (Southampton), with other collaborators from Newcastle, Plymouth and Queen’s (Belfast) Universities.
You will work as part of a multi-institutional team under the direction of Professors Tony Brown and Peter Langdon. Your primary role will be to undertake detailed fieldwork and lake sediment recovery on a number of Crannog sites from across the Irish sea, mainly between SE Scotland and NE Ireland. In addition, there is much archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data and background literature on these sites which will need to be collated.
You will undertake palaeoecological analyses on the lake sediments, which may/could include pollen, diatoms, chironomids and/or coleopteran analyses (some proxies will be done by another researcher). Your other main role will be to undertake the basic sedimentological (LOI, TOC/TN) and geochemical (Itrax XRF) analyses on the sediments, plus prepare ancient DNA samples for processing in Grenoble. You will liaise with the other postdocs and co-investigators working on other proxies (Plymouth) and biomarkers Newcastle), and the aDNA lab in Grenoble. You will also analyse the data collected, contribute to project meetings, attend conferences and be encouraged to produce publications.
You will have a PhD* in Palaeoecology or a related aspect of Physical Geography/Earth Sciences/Environmental Science/Archaeology, knowledge of palaeolimnology, and a keen interest in archaeology and/or aDNA. You will have a willingness to develop skills in the area of aDNA and the ability to work both independently and effectively in a team. A good ability with multivariate statistics, together with experience of working in R would be advantageous.
*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.
This position is tenable from 3 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter for 6 months.
You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 813816WR on all correspondence.
EURAXESS offer ID: 160841
Posting organisation offer ID: 43848
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