30/03/2017

PhD fellow on Palaeoproteomics for cultural heritage - Protein Paint Binders in Polychromy


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Copenhagen
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Cultural studies
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    30/04/2017 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Denmark › Copenhagen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2017
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020

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.

Background

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.

TEMPERA

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.

Project description

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

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EURAXESS offer ID: 198529