ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of Avignon
RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciencesChemistry › Analytical chemistryChemistry › Physical chemistry
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE15/06/2018 12:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONFrance › Avignon
HOURS PER WEEK35
OFFER STARTING DATE01/10/2018
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER766311
Title: Organic residue analysis in archaeological amphorae
Objectives: The aim of this study is to develop innovative analytical protocol to characterize the organic residues found in Egyptian amphorae objects in order to obtain information about their use, usually determined only by typological examination.
Expected Results: Studying the materials found in amphorae for transport will give information to historians, conservators and restorers about the possible trade routes, the products commercialized, the Mediterranean cities involved in trades, the movement of goods and people as well as the materials conservation state, the degradation process occurred and the materials composition.
Work plan: After the preliminary bibliographical work, the ESR10 will proceed to the selection of the samples and the sampling in the ED-ARCHMAT museum partner. The ESR will optimize the chromatographic conditions (in liquid and gas phases) in order to characterize the contemporary materials of reference (wine, oil, fish, fish sauces) usually meet in amphorae. Then the interpretation of the results will be realized in the aim to identify chemical biomarkers of the pristine materials.
Finally, the PhD will establish the analytical corpus of archaeological amphorae of reference and archaeological unknown amphorae. Analysing the archaeological amphorae, with the support of archaeological and historical studies will be suggested commercial trade (type of products, routes, cities involved).
Research field : archaeometry, analytical chemistry (liquid and gas chromatographies, spectroscopic methods and mass spectrometry).
Salary and other benefits for the ESR are according to EU-standards for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and national regulations including a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance when applicable.
Each ESR will also have a Research and Training allowance which will be managed through the University Host. This will cover the participation of researchers in training activities;
- expenses related to research costs;
- tuition fees (where applicable).
- Visa, residency card for the recruited researcher and their family (where applicable)
A mobility allowance is also available. This will contribute to mobility related expenses of the ESR.
Applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling her/him to embark on a doctorate) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Also the candidate may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start of the project. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national services are not taken into account.
To be considered for admission, applicants must hold at the time of the enrolment a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree (MSc, MS, MRes) with a minimal combined total of 240 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), in one of the following areas: science (chemistry, physics, biology) applied to archaeology.
The ED-ARCHMAT website (http://www.ed-archmat-ejd.eu/) will allow candidates to apply for up to a maximum of three positions. Applicants may also have to apply via the respective University’s website.
After preliminary screening for eligibility criteria, if selected for the short list for an ESR position the candidate should be available for interview during the first week of June 2018 at a location in Europe to be decided or for interview by Skype or equivalent. Following interviews, the first 11 candidates will be invited for enrolment and a reserve list of candidates will be held until each position is filled. Successful candidates will have one week from the communication to accept or decline. Following interview successful candidates, including those in the reserve list, will be notified by e-mail. Once ESRs have been appointed and enrolled, the results of the selection will be published at (http://www.ed-archmat-ejd.eu/)
Successful candidates will be enrolled for their PhD study in the University of the primary and secondary supervisors, linked to a specific ESR project, and in accordance with the procedures stipulated in the individual University webpages.
Further information and applications at (http://www.ed-archmat-ejd.eu/)
ESR9: Organic residue analysis in archaeological amphorae
Primary Host: University of Avignon (UAPV), France
Primary Supervisor: Dr Carole Mathe (UAPV)
Secondary Host: University of Roma (UNIROMA), Italy
Secondary Supervisor: Prof. Donatella Magri (UNIROMA)
Duration: 36 months
- Carole Mathe : associated professor since 2014 in the team « Engineering of Restoration of Natural and Cultural Heritage » at the university of Avignon (France). She is the responsable of the department of chemistry and she involves in research and pedagogic activities in archaometry fields. She is specialized in the analytical chemistry applied to natural substances employed in Archaeology (polymers, terpenes, dyes) by chromatographic techniques (LC coupled with a double detection - UV/VIS-fluorimetry-, GC/SM) and spectroscopies (UV/Visible, Fluorimetry and FT-IR). She develops analytical methods which contribute to the identification of the corresponding materials and comprehension of the ageing phenomena which lead to their degradation. Examples of cases of study: human and animal mummies from Ancient Egypt; Aztec and Maya objects; Roman Amphorae; Ancient dyed textiles... etc
-Cathy Vieillescazes: Professor, manager of the team “Engineering of Restoration of Natural and Cultural Heritage“. She is deeply involved in research and pedagogic activities in the area of chemistry applied to art and archaeology. She actively participates in European curricula in conservation science and collaborates to European and international projects in a pluridisciplinary approach. She published several scientific articles in international and national journals.
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Required Research Experiences
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Analytical chemistry
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE1 - 4
RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciences
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE1 - 4
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE1 - 4
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: Master Degree or equivalentBiological sciences: Master Degree or equivalentPhysics: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: GoodFRENCH: Basic
The candidate must :
- hold a M.Sc degree and/or an equivalent 5-years diploma,
- be fluent in oral and written English (level B2),
- have a very good knowledge in chemistry and more particular in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biology.
The candidate already having experience in archaeometry and having an interest in cultural heritage science and organic chemistry are welcome.
- A brief letter (max 2 pages) of motivation stating how the candidate background and qualifications match the project(s) being applied for
- A statement indicating that the candidate complies with the eligibility criteria for MSCA-ITN admission
- A curriculum vitae
- A certificate of English proficiency (at the time of enrolment), may be required for those applicants whose first language is not English by certain Universities
- The official transcripts and marks achieved during both Bachelor and Master phases of previous degrees.
- Two reference letters together with detailed contact information of the recommending persons.
- Specific additional criteria if required by individual projects (please see the individual ESR project webpages).
Applicants are required to combine the appropriate documents into a single PDF file and submit this by the application form at (http://www.ed-archmat-ejd.eu/)
EURAXESS offer ID: 306429