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PhD fellowship in “Subsistence and human resilience to sudden climate changes during MIS3 in Europe” at the University of Cantabria, Spain

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    Universidad de Cantabria
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/08/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Santander
    H2020 / ERC
    ERC-CoG (818299)


The University of Cantabria-Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistóricas de Cantabria invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in studies about human-environment relationship during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in northern Iberia, with a combination of well-established multidisciplinary disciplines including archaeozoology, taphonomy, stable isotopes and modelling under the supervision of Dr. Ana B. Marín-Arroyo.



SUBSILIENCE is an ERC Consolidator Grant project (ref 818299) funded by the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) based at the IIIPC-University of Cantabria (Spain). Principal Investigator is Assistant Professor, Ana B. Marín-Arroyo, University of Cantabria, marinab@unican.es

The PhD scholarship is advertised within an ERC-Consolidator Grant (ref. 818299) funded by the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) on “Subsistence and human resilience to sudden climatic events in Europe during MIS3” undertaken by the supervisor. The main objective of this project is to evaluate the subsistence and human resilience of Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans to MIS3 climatic events, in different archaeological sites located in the southern European Peninsulas, dating from Mousterian to Gravettian periods. The PhD project will involve the analysis of the unpublished faunal assemblages from several sites in the Cantabrian region and its comparison with other contemporaneous European sites. The PhD scholarship will be financed annually for three years, up to a maximum of 4 years and, your key tasks as a PhD student are:

  • To manage and carry through research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To conduct secondments at the partner institutes
  • Work for the department


More Information


The PhD scholar will be included in a research group with senior and postdoctorals researches and other PhD students already working on various specific projects within the studies on human evolution and economic and ecological adaptations during Prehistory.


We offer a full-time PhD position for a period of 3 years.  The fellow will receive a gross salary of 1,324.42 EUR/month researcher Type 6 - July 2019-level. S/he will receive all regular provisions for PhD fellows at UC, allocated office space, a PC or laptop and additional funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and secondments at other institutions. The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications and attitudes:

  • An Master Degree in Archaeology, History or related disciplines, with demonstrable interest for and/or experience in zooarcheological and paleolithic studies.
  • Collaborative attitude; enthusiasm, ability to work independently and ability to contribute creatively to the project.
  • Skilled in academic writing, oral communication of research results, present research in international conferences and intermediate publications, strong analytical skills.

The candidate must have Spanish nationality or from any other member state of the European Union or from a state for which, under the international treaties established by E. U. and ratified by Spain, free movement of workers is permitted. Applicants with different nationality to that mentioned above may also apply if they can prove to be in the possession of a work permit and residence in Spain. The candidate must have a Master in a research field related to this particular announcement. The qualifications issued outside Spain that are intended to be used in this procedure must be in accordance with the current regulations.

Selection process

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the end of August by videoconference. Short-listed applicants will be required to provide two letters of recommendation. Please submit application packages to Ana B. Marin-Arroyo (marinab@unican.es).

Additional comments

The Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistoricas de Cantabria (IIIPC) is an equal opportunity employer. The IIIPC is dedicated to the goal of reconstructing past human societies. Its diverse, distinguished staff is including researches specialized in Palaeolithic art, Palaeolithic and Mesolithic adaptations in Atlantic southern Europe, the Near Eastern origins of Neolithic farmers, south-American hunter-gatherers, bioarchaeology and paleoclimate. http://www.unican.es/iiipc/

How to apply*:

The candidate must submit the application via https://campusvirtual.unican.es/coie/AgenciaColocacion/Ofertas/Detalle/1631/oferta-de-personal-investigador-uc-instituto-intern-de-inv-prehistoricas-de-cantabria by August 14th at 13:00 hours – Brussels time

  • Photocopy of the ID, passport or equivalent document.
  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position, publications.
  • Photocopy of the Master's Degree and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do.
  • Contact information for two referees
  • Form of “application for participation in selection processes in calls for hiring research staff”, completed. Available on the website of the placement agency within this offer.

Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Excellent


The successful candidate must hold a Master degree in Archaeology, Prehistory or any related topic with this position and have proven prior experience in archaeozoological analysis on Palaeolithic assemblages.

The successful candidate must have proven ideally prior experience in archaeozoological analysis on Palaeolithic assemblages. Previous research experience in the period of study will be evaluated positively.

Specific Requirements

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the current PhD programme and the University’s rules on achieving the degree at the University of Cantabria. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the researcher’s contracts at the university.  

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universidad de Cantabria / International Institute for Prehistoric Research of Cantabria
Avd. Los Castros 52

EURAXESS offer ID: 428825


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