15/01/2020
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Position on microarchaeology to identify past crops and terrace management

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    History
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    18/09/2020 00:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Part-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    30
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    15/10/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC

OFFER DESCRIPTION

We search for a recognised researcher to undertake new research on the use of terraces to identify past crops and terrace management.

The land use of terraces has often been inferred, through different sources, rather than scientifically determined. Whilst this approach is valid it does not tell much about the actual use or multiple use of specific terrace systems. Methods such as pollen and plant macrofossils are generally inappropriate due to the oxidising environment. However, phytoliths, which are mineralized plant remains, are often preserved. Although phytoliths have been used to identify agricultural practices, few studies have been conducted on terrace soils.

We seek for a recognised researcher to carry out a new research on the microarchaeological study of terrace soils, through the analyses of phytoliths and other plant microremains such as calcium oxalates, starches, etc. Terrace samples are being collected from different sites around Europe and from different chronological periods. The position is for 18 months, starting on 1st of June 2020.

The responsibilities of the recognised researcher will include the collection of samples in the field (when necessary), as well as the laboratory work, microscopic analysis of the samples, identification and interpretation of the results. The researcher will be integrated within a multidisciplinary team of researchers that are part of TerrACE project, and the results will complement those obtained through the application of different disciplines that integrate the TerrACE research program. The main goal of this research is to improve our knowledge on European past Terraces and to find direct evidence of past crops and their changes through time. The interaction between the use of particular crops and landscape and climatic conditions will also be an important part of the research.

Acronym & Agreement Nº

TerrACE

FBG project number

402119

Project title

Terrace Archaeology and Culture in Europe

IP

Rosa Maria Albert Cristobal

Department

Historia i Arqueologia (Universitat de Barcelona)

 Gross salary per year 33.791,88€

Required documents

Application letter and Curriculum vitae.

Send your application to:

email

rosamaria.albert@icrea.cat

Name

Rosa Maria Albert

email subject

TerrACE postdoc position

More Information

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility will be based on the CV of the applicant and the demonstrated experience in relation to the requirements of the position

Selection process

It is important to send the contact details. During the selection process, the PI may get in contact with the candidate to ask for additional information.

Additional comments

Priority will be given to people with disabilities (Law 89/2015 of June 2, reserve of quota 2% in favour of people with disabilities in companies of 50 or more people).

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    History: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

PhD or equivalent. Familiar with laboratory work; Experience on the chemical extraction process of phytoliths and other silica remains; Experience on the use of optical microscope and scanning microscope; Familiar on the use of FTIR. Use of digital cameras to take microphotographs; Familiar with different computer software’s, such as Photoshop and statistic software’s (R or SPSS) and use of databases.

Specific Requirements

On the methodological aspect, the recognised researcher will need to have previous experience on the use of microarchaeological techniques, and in particular of phytoliths, calcium oxalates, starches and other plant microremains, as well as the use of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR). Within phytoliths will be important to have knowledge on the use of optical microscope to recognise phytoliths, the use of SEM (occasional use), morphometric analyses of phytoliths, as well as digitalization of microphotographs and use of statistic software and databases. We are now initiating a new research on deep learning; thus the recognised researcher will have access to learn on this new technique to improve the identification of phytoliths morphology. The research will be undertaken at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Barcelona.

On the theoretical aspect, the recognised researcher will need to have knowledge on the use of past agricultural practices, namely in Europe and on the Mediterranean coast, and on the use of different crops through time and implications for subsistence practices.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat de Barcelona
Spain
Barcelona
Barcelona
08001
Montalegre, 6-8

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