ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of Copenhagen
RESEARCH FIELDCultural studies
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE30/04/2017 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONDenmark › Copenhagen
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37
OFFER STARTING DATE01/09/2017
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020
The Natural History Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen) is offering a PhD scholarship in the Cappellini Palaeoproteomics Group as part of the Marie Curie TEMPERA European Training Network commencing September 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position is part of the Marie Curie TEMPERA European Training Network (ETN) supported by the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, www.tempera-etn.eu.
ETN aims at providing international and interdisciplinary state-of-the-art doctoral training to prepare the next generation of specialists in mass spectrometry (MS)-based ancient protein residues analysis for biomolecular diagnostics and conservation of cultural heritage material.
Europe’s cultural heritage plays a fundamental role in European cultural integration and attracts millions of visitors each year. Most of the cultural heritage objects produced using biogenic materials arerich in protein residues. Proteomic analysis of cultural heritage will improve knowledge about production techniques and chemical preservation of cultural heritage materials, ultimately improving their safeguard and conservation. For the first time, TEMPERA brings together in a network the laboratories which have, largely in isolation, developed the techniques upon which ancient protein analysis is built.
The research project aims at understanding the composition of proteinaceous paint binders in sculpted materials and architectural decorations, leading to a better understanding and perception of the original appearance of painted objects. More specifically, tandem MS-based ancient protein sequencing will be used to confidently identify the biological species of origin and the raw materials used as binders for the polychrome decoration of ancient sculptures and architecture. This knowledge will be fundamental to plan long-term conservation and restoration, to define optimal conservation and display conditions, as well as to prevent or reduce decay processes. During the project the candidate will develop extraction methods to improve recovery of protein residues from very limited quantities of deteriorated artistic and archaeological samples, for top-down and bottom-up proteomics methods, possibly using different fragmentation methods.
Characterization of spontaneous post-translational modifications associated with the prolonged action of time and environmental factors will be another key component of the project. The project will require careful development of activities for public engagement as well as writing scientific articles, papers, reports or books, as appropriate.
The selected PhD candidate will also be required to attend network-wide workshop events and take active part to network-wide remote activities.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd
EURAXESS offer ID: 198529