19/01/2021
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Call for 6 Post-Doctoral Researcher Positions (2.5 years) at IPHES

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    AnthropologyPhysical anthropology
    Biological sciencesBiology
    Biological sciencesBotany
    GeosciencesGeology
    HistoryArchaeology
    HistoryPrehistory
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    29/01/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Tarragona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/04/2021
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    CEX2019-000945-M

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Having been awarded the Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence (CEX2019-000945-M), the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES) is offering 6 postdoctoral positions for a duration of 2.5 years in the research topics stipulated below:

A.- Transversal multiscale microscope-based approaches:

  • Dental palaeoanthropology
  • Dental microwear
  • Multi-proxy analyses of use-wear and residues in lithic artefacts
  • Geoarchaeologic characterization of lithic raw materials and archaeological soils
  • Archaeobotany
  • Taphonomy and zooarchaeology

Rationale: Approach based on transversal research on human evolution. It groups the application of high-resolution techniques that share many different disciplines (transdisciplinary). It also involves research and advances in methodology. This approach focuses on the complementary use of: 1) microscopy techniques (reflected light, transmitted light, digital 3D, scanning electron, transmission electron, focus variation, interferometry, and laser confocal); and 2) vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and FTIR) and Computerized Tomography (CT) for the study of organic and inorganic residues.

B.- Tapping into sharper palaeoecological studies

  • Pollen taphonomy and sedimentary charcoal analysis
  • Quantitative Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology (Mutual Ecogeographic Range; Bioclimatic Analysis).
  • Microwear, mesowear, skeletochronology, Cementochronology.
  • Isotopic analyses on plant, macro and micromammals (δ18O, δ13C and δ15N)
  • European neandertalization process and its palaeoecological context

Rationale: Approach based on transversal research on human evolution. It combines high-resolution techniques to answer concrete top-trend questions.

C.- Subsistence strategies from an evolutionary point of view

  • Bone, diet, cooperation and meat-sharing
  • Vegetables and other underground storage organs in subsistence
  • Use of AI to study archaeological sites features and assemblages formed by different agents and processes
  • Geometric morphometric in identifying taphonomic signals
  • Implementation of spatial taphonomy
  • Implementation of statistical taphonomy and machine learning for formation processes inference.

Rationale: Approach extending the goals of archaeobotany, zooarchaeology and taphonomy further than classical studies, and innovating in newly proxies.

D.- Widening insights from technology

  • Stone tools, Palaeolithic landscapes and human dispersals
  • Stone tools and organic tools (bone, antler, wood) as cultural and adaptive markers
  • Behaviour through spatial analysis on human occupations
  • Raw materials: sources, management and differential uses
  • Modelling demographic growth (quantification of items/archaeol. sites/period.

Rationale: Approach extending the goals of lithic technology further than classical studies and innovating in new proxies.

E. Shifting visions on early cognition

  • Cognition and social learning to knap stone tools. Identifying accidents, skills, and prehistoric individuals as a proxy to know social organization.
  • Characterizing technological evolution through gestures in knapping.
  • Groups’ identity and territories.
  • Consciousness of life and death
  • Archaeology of symbolism (prehistoric art)

Rationale: New research approach, mainly based on cognitive technology, experimental archaeology and archaeology of symbolism.

 

No restrictions on gender, age, ethnic groups, national or social origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, political opinion, social or economic conditions apply to positions. IPHES is committed to pro-active policies on equal opportunities and gender issues following its endorsed principles of the HR4SR http://www.iphes.cat/hr-exellence-research.

The process will select the best candidates according to evaluation criteria, without taking into account a thematic distribution related to the strategic research lines of the IPHES. Therefore, there are no pre-assigned quotas to the number of researchers to be selected in each thematic distribution as the call operates with no quotas whatsoever.

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Benefits

The gross salary will be 30,250€/year, according to the PhD salary scales at IPHES. Vacation days, parental leave and medical coverage are included according to the Spanish employment regulation and Social Security system.

Eligibility criteria

Researchers of any nationality are eligible. The profile of the candidates should belong to R2 or R3 stages, according to the European Framework for Research Careers. Please, you can find about this in IPHES’ Career Development Guide at www.iphes.cat/career-development-guide

All the required information and documents must be complete in order to be considered. Applications must include the following documents (in English):

  1. Application form, following the template that can be download from the IPHES webpage (www.iphes.cat/job-opportunities)
  2. A motivation letter (no longer than 2 pages, Times New Roman/Arial or similar (size 11 and spacing 1), addressing:
  • The professional background of the candidate
  • The interest in developing their project at IPHES, regarding her or his previous work
  • The potential of the candidate regarding the impact on the IPHES strategic goals
  1. Curriculum Vitae completed in the template available in the IPHES webpage (www.iphes.cat/job-opportunities)
  2. A research project (no longer than 6 pages, Times New Roman/Arial or similar (size 11 and spacing 1). The project will include:
  • An introduction and the state-of-the-Art of the topic
  • The Objectives of the research proposal
  • Research methodology and approach
  • Implementation and feasibility of the project
  • Gantt chart (activities & schedule)
  • Expected Scientific impact of the project regarding the topic applied for and the impact on the professional career of the researcher aligned with IPHES main strategic goals.

Selection process

The recruitment and selection of researchers is based on the OMT-R (Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment) defined by the EU, which represents the main pillar of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their recruitment, in which the candidates will be hired.

The evaluation process will consist of 4 steps:

Step 1: First screening (2-3 weeks). Checking of the documentation, and evaluation of CVs and motivation letters. Accomplished by the IPHES Maria de Maeztu Steering Committee, checking the suitability of the candidate for the scientific and strategic goals of the IPHES.

Step 2: Evaluation of the research projects of the shortlisted candidates (2-3 weeks). Accomplished by the 5 members of the Selection Committee (SC). Two of the jury members will be researchers from the IPHES staff. The members of IPHES Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) will be invited to participate as one of the five evaluators. In the case of the impossibility to participate, researchers of similar knowledge of the Centre will be proposed. Two of the 5 members will be researchers from Academic institutions and/or research organizations internationally recognized. The SC will be gender balanced.

Step 3: Interview of the proposed candidates (2 weeks). Accomplished by the 5 members of the Selection Committee (SC) using on-line platforms.

Step 4: Final scoring (1 week). A list of the proposed and reserve candidates based on the ranks of the previous 3 steps will be communicated to the candidates. The list of the candidates will be available in the web page of IPHES, as well as the procedures of the evaluation process.

Conflicts of interest: Members of the Selection Committee (SC) are expected to be impartial and objective, and to behave throughout in a professional manner. Experts must disclose beforehand any known conflicts of interest and should immediately inform the Maria de Maeztu Steering Committee if one becomes apparent during the course of the evaluation. A conflict of interest may also arise if:

  • the expert has had relevant scientific collaborations with one of the candidates they are evaluating (i.e. co-authoring a paper during the last 4 years, supervisor of the candidate's PhD thesis)
  • the expert has family- relative ties or other type of relevant connection to the candidates being evaluated.

Should any member of the SC be found to breach the above defined conditions, she/he will be replaced by another expert.

Additional comments

In line with the principle of "Transparency" of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, all applicants (accepted and not accepted) will receive written or electronic notice at any stage of the selection.

Redress mechanism

IPHES will establish a procedure to deal with complaints made by applicants who believe that they have been treated negligently, unfairly or incorrectly. Appeals may be submitted by unsuccessful applicants within 7 days of receiving notification of the decision. Appeals will be assessed on the basis of one or more of the following issues:

  1. Evidence of bias or conflict of interest by one or more evaluators.
  2. Factual error(s) made by one or more evaluators that could have altered the outcome of evaluation.

Possible appeals will be evaluated and assessed by the Maria de Maeztu Steering Committee (MMST). If there is a justified cause for appeal, the MMST will convene a special joint session with the Selection Committee (SC), to review the evaluations and ranking. Providing that the conclusion confirms that the candidate should have been short-listed for concession, the provisional results can be modified to configure the final ranking. All complainants will receive a response within two weeks after the appeal submission.

 

 

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Anthropology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Anthropology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Geosciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Geosciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    History
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    History
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Anthropology: PhD or equivalent
    Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Geosciences: PhD or equivalent
    History: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

  • PhD in a discipline related to human evolution and/or prehistoric archaeology
  • A demonstrable track record in scientific publications
  • Fluency in English, basic knowledge in Spanish and/or Catalan desirable

Specific Requirements

  • Experience working in archaeo-paleontological excavations
  • Good knowledge of the ERC Calls
  • High engagement and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team

Work location(s)
6 position(s) available at
Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
Spain
Tarragona
ES43007
Zona Educacional, 4 (W3)

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