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Researcher FED-tWIN-project Isoheritage (17311) - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Ghent University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    AnthropologyCultural anthropology
    AnthropologyOther
    ChemistryAnalytical chemistry
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
    EngineeringChemical engineering
    EngineeringOther
    HistoryArchaeology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    28/02/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Gent
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

OFFER DESCRIPTION

    →   Apply until 28/02/2021 23:59 (Brussels time)
    →   Discipline: Isoheritage
    →   100% Researcher FED-tWIN
    →   Faculty of Bioscience Engineering 
    →   Reference number: 202011/BW24/ZAP/02

 

 

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (RICH) and Ghent University

recruit

 

1 full-time lecturer - scientific collaborator

for the FEDTWIN project

(ISOHERITAGE)

 

CONTEXT

 

This function is part of the FEDTWIN program of federal science policy of Belgium, which aims to combine and mutually reinforce the expertise of a federal scientific institution and a university by financing a long-term research project. The ISOHERITAGE project is a joint initiative of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (RICH) and Ghent University (UGENT). Prof. Pascal Boeckx and Dr. Mathieu Boudin are the promoters.

The position to be filled consists of a half-time position at the RICH and a half-time position at UGENT. The candidate should be willing to hold both half-time positions and should also apply for both positions. It is not possible to apply for only one of the two half-time positions.

 

ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY

 

Ghent University (UGENT) is one of the most important education and research institutions in the “Low Countries”. More than 9,000 employees and 41,000 students live up to the motto "Dare to Think" on a daily basis. Quality education, internationally appreciated research and a pluralistic social responsibility characterize UGent's mission.

 

ABOUT THE ROYAL INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (RICH) is responsible for the documentation, scientific study, conservation and valorization of the country's artistic and cultural heritage and has a research mission and a public service mission. The Department Laboratories mainly contributes to this by identifying the materials of which the heritage object is composed and by studying the degradation of these materials. These results are relevant for technical art-historical studies and crucial for art conservation.

The RICH radiocarbon dating lab has more than 60 years of experience in the field and is the only laboratory in Belgium with an AMS for radiocarbon dating.

 

 

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT

 

  • Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (RICH): Parc du Cinquantenaire 1, 1000 Brussels
  • Ghent University (UGENT), Department of Green Chemistry and Technology: Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent

 

ASSIGNMENT

 

Description of the function:

This Fed-Twin allows to unite the expertise of three Ghent University research groups and the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory of the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage and, hence, proposes an interdisciplinary research field. The combined expertise and instrumentation available at the Atomic & Mass Spectrometry (A&MS) research group, at the Isotope Bioscience Laboratory (ISOFYS), and at the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory is fully complementary and unique at an international level. In addition, the West-European Archaeology research group of UGent will provide archaeological expertise for adequate interpretation of archeological and cultural heritage context. The overall objective of the Fed-Twin is to advance cultural heritage research in Belgium via dedicated integration of complementary state-of-the-art isotopic provenance and tracing tools.
The short-term the focus of the Fed-Twin is on pottery in the Scheldt basin (Belgium). The aim is to gain information on origin, use (i.e., food sources) and diffusion (i.e., trade) of pottery. It is expected that the developed of analytical methods for elemental, molecular and isotopic characterization will also be applicable to provenance determination of other cultural objects in order to gain information about origin, exchange and trade networks. The long-term objectives are: 1) provenance studies of iron artefacts to better understand the socio-economic organization of ancient societies, and 2), stable isotope and radio-carbon analyses of human remains and its find context for paleodietary reconstruction.
 

On the research level, your main tasks include:

  • Research, development and refinement of stable isotope analysis techniques using mass spectrometry (e.g. ICP-MS and IRMS). The first research will focus on pottery from different archaeological sites in Belgium. The aim is to obtain information on the production, origin and diffusion of handmade pottery from the Mesolithic to the early Middle Ages in Belgium by means of metallic and metalloid stable isotope analysis. In addition, food remains of the potsherds will be analyzed by bulk and component specific stable isotope methods to identify the prepared food in the jars as well as for dating purposes;
  • In the long term, other research fields will be addressed, such as origin studies of iron artifacts and palaeodite studies of bone collagen;
  • Responsibility for data processing and the development of data processing tools (if necessary);
  • Participation in the management and valorisation of these data, both within the different institutions and towards the general public;
  • Launching new research projects within the theme of the FED-tWIN profile and their follow-up;
  • Active participation in national or international conferences on the theme of the FED-tWIN profile as well as regular publications in scientific and other professional literature;
  • Active support of the project, both scientifically and administratively. This includes involvement in the steering and further implementation of the project, where and when necessary. You actively strive to perpetuate and, where relevant, optimize the collaboration between the RICH and UGent.

 

In the area of providing services, your tasks include, within the constraints of the project:

  • Be actively involved at the RICH in the valorisation and communication of the results, both to subject specialists through scientific reports and publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as to a wider audience;
  • Provide support within the RICH in the field of processing stable isotope results to two different departments;
  • Provide support at UGent with regard to carbon-14 based dating methods;
  • Drawing up analysis reports at both institutions of internal and external requests for the analysis of materials and techniques in heritage objects.

 

In the field of education and information, you can, within the constraints of the project:

  • Be involved in the supervision of visits to the RICH laboratory by third parties (universities, colleges, individuals in groups, etc.) and external communication about the activities within the lab;
  • Become responsible for assisting teaching tasks (theoretical and practical exercises);
  • Act as a co-teacher in archaeometric subjects within the UGent Archaeology course;
  • Organize guest lectures on isotope-based subjects at UGent (Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering).

 

PROFILE

 

Knowledge/experience

  • You have a doctoral degree in sciences (physics or analytical chemistry) or (bio)-engineering sciences. The doctoral degree was obtained a maximum of 12 years prior to the stipulated deadline for the submission of candidate files. This period of 12 years is extended by one year for any absence due to pregnancy, parental or adoption leave, as well as any prolonged absence due to illness of the candidate and/or prolonged absence due to illness of a first-degree family member).
  • You dispose of an interdisciplinary research interest preferably with regard to 1) analytical chemistry, 2) applied biological sciences, 3) archaeology, and 4) cultural heritage.
  • You are able to acquire new, relevant (analytical) skills smoothly. The candidate will be using three specific analytical skills: 1) light element bulk and compound-specific stable isotope analyses, 2) metallic and metalloid stable isotope analyses, and 3) 14C analysis for radiocarbon dating. The candidate has ideally relevant expertise experience in one of the tree isotope analytic techniques.
  • Demonstrable, relevant research experience (publications, research projects, collaborations) concerning stable isotope analysis on archaeological and/or cultural heritage objects is recommended.
  • You have a strong interest in conducting and disseminating innovative high quality research in an interdisciplinary context.
  • You have experience in publishing in journals with a high impact factor.
  • In addition to the appropriate technical knowledge and experience, you have excellent skills in the field of reporting, communication, project management and interpersonal relations.
  • You are able to supervise students' theses.
  • You have communication skills and enjoy working in a diverse team due to the multidisciplinary nature of this vacancy.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

You are the holder of a dissertation diploma or a diploma or certificate recognized as equivalent (article V.20 Codex Higher Education) in the sciences (physics or chemistry) or (bio)-engineering sciences The doctorate must have defended no more than 12 years ago (counting from the day of submitting the application).

When assessing a foreign (non-EU) diploma, a certificate of equivalence may still have to be applied for at NARIC; we advise you - if applicable - to start the recognition procedure at NARIC as soon as possible. You must be in possession of this recognition no later than the date of appointment. 

You have at least 2 years postgraduate experience at the date of appointment. The period of 2 years is determined on the basis of the date mentioned on the diploma.

 

 

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

 

The position consists of a joint commitment of both partners:

  • A contract of indefinite duration, part-time (50%) at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (RICH) as a work leader (salary scale SW2), a contract of indefinite duration, part-time (50%) at Ghent University (UGent) as a postdoctoral researcher (40%), an appointment as a part-time (10%) lecturer for the duration of 5 years, renewable subject to a favourable evaluation (UGent);
  • A gross monthly salary of at least € 4,802.25 (50%) at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage and at least € 4,217.53 (50%) at Ghent University, plus vacation allowance and end-of-year bonus;
  • Place of employment: RICH in Brussels and Ghent University in Ghent;
  • 38h working week, variable work schedule (RICH and Ghent University).

 

The candidate should be willing to hold both half-time positions and should also apply for both positions. It is not possible to apply for only one of the two half-time positions. The candidate must comply with the regulations of both institutions.

Date of entry into office: 1 September 2021.

 

 

OFFERED

 

Advantages UGent

The ZAP career policy is based on talent development and growth, in which vision development and strategy - both personal and at group level - are central. UGent focuses on career guidance and coaching of the ZAP member in the various phases of his or her career. 

More info about the ZAP career: https://www.ugent.be/zaploopbaan More info about the WP career:

https://www.ugent.be/nl/vacatures/mobiliteit-loopbaanpaden/loopbaanpad/wp

Every UGent staff member can count on a number of benefits such as a bicycle allowance, reimbursement of public transport commuting pass, child care, a wide range of sports, ecocheques, etc. https://www.ugent.be/nl/vacatures/personeelsvoordelen.htm

 

Advantages RICH

Free public transport to and from work and bicycle allowance;

Affordable hospitalization insurance;

Various advantages thanks to the BELSPO card.

 

 

APPLICATION

 

You can only apply online via UGENT e-recruitment until the deadline for registration (28 February, 2021 at 23h59). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not delivered via the online application.

Please add the following documents to your application:

  • In the field 'CV': your CV in pdf format
  • In the field 'Motivation letter': your motivation letter in pdf format
  • In the field 'Diploma': the copies of your PhD diploma. If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, you must attach a certified translation into one of the above languages.
  • In the field 'Equivalence certificate': only if you obtained your diploma outside the European Union: a certificate of equivalence from NARIC (if already in your possession).

 

Please note that each field has a maximum limitation of 10 MB.

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

For additional information about the project and the job to be done, please contact the promoters: Prof. Pascal Boeckx (pascal.boeckx@ugent.be) and Dr. Mathieu Boudin (mathieu.boudin@kikirpa.be).

For additional information about the selection procedure, please contact: (mathieu.boudin@kikirpa.be) of (RICH) or the Recruitment and Selection Department of UGent (selecties@UGent.be).

More Information

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Anthropology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Anthropology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    History
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Ghent University
Belgium
Gent
9000
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33

EURAXESS offer ID: 588431
Posting organisation offer ID: 152123

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