Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Research position and PhD in Classical Archaeology

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    Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics ASCR, v. v. i.
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    17/05/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Czech Republic › Prague 9
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Research position and overall project

The Institute of theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UTAM-AVCR) of the Czech Academy of Sciences, beneficiary of the Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN-ITN project Training the next generation of archaeological scientists: Interdisciplinary studies of pre-modern Plasters and Ceramics from the eastern Mediterranean (PlaCe-ITN), offers a fully funded research position within the PlaCe ITN project. This high-profile Innovative Training Network aims at training Early-Stage Researchers to conduct state-of-the-art, science-based research on the provenance, use, and technology of plasters and ceramics in pre-modern societies in different regions of the eastern Mediterranean.

The successful applicant is expected to carry out his/her research as a PhD student and will have to independently apply to the Classical Archaeology PhD programme (combined study) at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, provided by the Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAR). The student will be co-supervised in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (ARUP).

For general information about the MSCA-ITN PlaCe and the ESR positions, please, visit our website https://place-itn.cyi.ac.cy/.

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Financial Support

This Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) ITN offers competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidate will receive a gross salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early-Stage Researchers; it includes living and mobility allowances, as well as a family allowance if the researcher is married or with children. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.


Employment basis: Temporary for specified period. Duration of the contract: 36 months without provisions for extension. Maximum hours per week: 40 (full-time).


PhD studies: the student will be enrolled on a combined PhD study. It is possible to conclude the study in three years, however the PhD programme is for four years. In the fourth year, the student can apply to change to full-time study and may receive a scholarship from the university.

Eligibility criteria

Qualified applicants from all countries are welcome to submit applications, provided they meet the eligibility criteria set by the European Commission and the particular MSCA-ITN-2020 call.


The recruited Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) will have to comply with the following conditions:

1. not have resided in the Czech Republic for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date, and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Czech Republic. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account;

2. be — at the date of recruitment — an ‘early-stage researcher’ (i.e., in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree).

Selection process

Potential candidates are welcome to demonstrate their interest in the PlaCe ITN research project and apply for the position at UTAM-AVCR. In the first stage, the candidates will be shortlisted based on their qualification and the project’s eligibility criteria. The shortlisted candidates will be asked and encouraged to apply to the Classical Archaeology PhD programme at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. The contract will be offered to one successful candidate based on the acceptance letter to the PhD programme.

Applicants should provide:

  • A personal statement explaining their research interests and how these are in accord with the project’s research topic along with their Curriculum Vitae including a clear description of their academic degrees and other academic achievements (publication, research, employment etc.). The statement should not exceed 1000 words and must be written in English.
  • A proof of English proficiency. If the applicant's native language is English or the applicant graduated from a university where English was the language of instruction, then this requirement may be waived.
  • A copy of official academic degrees and the corresponding transcripts.


Applicants should also provide the contact details of two referees for the acquisition of references of recommendation.

Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


The successful candidate is expected to have a Master’s degree in archaeology, earth or material sciences, building conservation, cultural heritage, heritage science or a related field. For the particular research requirements of this fellowship additional experience in mineralogy, petrography of building materials or material science will be considered an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to work in an international, interdisciplinary research environment are essential.

Specific Requirements

Applicants are strongly encouraged to check the PhD programme admission requirements on the website of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University https://www.ff.cuni.cz/home/applicants/phd-programmes/application-and-admission/. A candidate’s readiness to meet the university requirements for the combined study along with the deadline for the application (between May 5, to September 5, 2021) will be discussed in a video interview.

Research topic

The candidate is expected to conduct research on plasters and mortars, primarily from the archaeological sites Palaepaphos and Nea Paphos in Cyprus. The study includes fieldwork, collection of samples, characterisation of mortars and precursor raw materials including microscopic and chemical analysis, experimental research of production and processing technologies, data processing and publication of the results. The research should attempt to link the binders of mortars with their use in buildings and structures, aiming at an enhanced understanding of technological changes from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman times. As a result, the following lines of inquiry should be followed (not necessarily all of them): The beginnings of lime technologies in plaster use as such; diachronic changes on the Palaepaphos and Nea Paphos sites, targeting two or three specific periods; differing functional uses of lime plasters for private and public buildings, on the interior and exterior. More specific questions will emerge from the initial assessment of the available samples as well as individual preferences of the applicant. Required in all scenarios will be the ability to combine the various approaches, resulting in a truly interdisciplinary work. Any analytic/archaeometric results need likewise to be embedded in broader archaeological and culture-historical questions/context.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics ASCR, v. v. i.
Czech Republic
Prague 9
Prosecká 76

EURAXESS offer ID: 625487


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