European Research Council

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

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    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    08/10/2018 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    France › Orleans
    H2020 / ERC


Applications are invited for 1 postdoctoral research position within the project “GLASSROUTES: Mapping the first Millennium Glass Economy” (no. 647315), funded by the European Research Council, and coordinated by Dr Nadine Schibille.

GLASSROUTES explores the production, trade and consumption of glass as a major economic activity in the medieval Mediterranean (4th to 12th centuries CE). It focuses on various parallel developments: Byzantine glassmaking, Islamic plant ash glass, and the role of the Iberian Peninsula. Through a combination of analytical, historical and archaeological approaches, this project aims to identify major chronological and geographical trends in the flow of resources and ideas in relation to the manufacture and (artistic) use of glass. It adopts a large-scale perspective to establish the socio-cultural and geopolitical dimensions of the medieval glass economy and to shed new light on the economic and cultural connectivity of the medieval Mediterranean.

A postdoctoral researcher is sought to further develop the interdisciplinary approach in relation to the production, trade and use of glass during the period covered by the ERC project. It is expected that the candidate has an experience in the analysis of archaeological glass and its colourants, and extensive experience with pXRF, SEM and EPMA. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for the generation and interpretation of analytical data by pXRF, SEM, EPMA, and/or LA-ICP-MS, as well as the statistical evaluation of compositional, archaeological and historical data.

It is expected that the candidate is highly motivated and engages in advanced research within specific sub-projects and the overarching research scheme. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field with an interest in cultural, social and/or economic history and experience in the analysis of archaeological material.

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Working at IRAMAT

The project is carried out at the Institut de Recherche sur les Archéomatériaux (IRAMAT) Centre Ernest Babelon at Orléans (France) and the postdoc will be employed by the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research). The research may be performed in other locations if deemed necessary for reaching the project’s goals and with the authorisation from the PI.

Duration of the contract

The contract will start on 1st November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a full-time position for the duration of 23 months (to 30 September 2020). Salary range the net annual salary will be indexed on the postdoctoral researcher scale

Eligibility criteria

  • Hold a doctorate (or have submitted the doctoral thesis) in archaeometry, archaeological science or adjacent fields;
  • Practical experience in the analytical study of glass (SEM, EPMA, LA-ICP-MS, pXRF etc.);
  • Fluency in (written) English is essential.


Selection process

Applications must be submitted by Monday 8th October 2018.

The following documents in ENGLISH should be sent as PDFs by email to the PI (nadine.schibille@cnrs-orleans.fr)

  • Letter of motivation (max 2 pages)
  • detailed tabulated CV (with list of publications)
  • Copy of PhD certificate
  • 1-2 relevant sample publications (max 20 pages each)
  • Names and contact details of three referees

Additional comments

Duties and main responsibilities

  • To engage in advanced research within the field of late antique and medieval glass studies in accordance with the work plan;
  • Specifically, to conduct and take responsibility for a sub-project on medieval glass assemblages as specified by the PI that involves the extensive and systematic application of pXRF to sort large assemblages and facilitate pre-selection, and the statistical assessment of the data;
  • To disseminate research through publications in scholarly high impact journals (open access), participate in international conferences and seminars, and through other media;
  • To participate in the organisation and administration of several sub-projects;
  • To help develop and maintain a network of collaborations;
  • To attend regular team meetings
  • This post involves some traveling to countries related to the project.

Offer Requirements

    Anthropology: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


Applications will be judged against the criteria set out below. Applicants should make sure that their application shows how they believe that their skills and experiences meet these criteria.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Hold a doctorate (or doctoral thesis has been submitted) in a relevant field (e.g. archaeometry, archaeological science);
  • Practical experience in the study of archaeological glass and experience in instrumental and chemical analyses, particularly pXRF, SEM, and EPMA is essential;
  • Demonstrates critical engagement with analytical data;
  • An interest in the history of technology and/or economic history of the Middle Ages would be advantageous;
  • A commitment to research of the highest standard, including the capacity to publish in international journals and with major presses in the field;
  • Excellent command of relevant language skills and some experience with source material is desirable;
  • Ability and willingness to undertake organisational and administrative responsibilities;
  • Good communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to work successfully in a team are required;
  • Fluency in English is essential.

Specific Requirements

Extensive experience in the chemical analyses of medieval glass assemblages by pXRF, SEM, and EPMA is essential; particularly it is expected that the candidate has extensive experience with the use of handheld pXRF, its operating conditions and calibration protocols.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
3D rue de la Férollerie

EURAXESS offer ID: 164303


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