12/10/2021

University Assistant (post doc)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Faculty of Life Sciences
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesOther
    HistoryArchaeology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    07/11/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Austria › Wien
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    12370
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    No

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Department of Evolutionary Anthropology seeks to appoint a University Assistant post-doc with expertise in palaeoproteomics analyses or relevant fields (biochemistry, biology, archaeological science). They will be part of a leading international group of researchers working across the fields of Human Evolution, Archaeological Science and Ancient DNA reporting to, and working with, Assistant Professor Katerina Douka.


The candidate will help establish a new palaeoproteomics laboratory to develop and apply improved methodologies for the extraction and analyses of ancient proteins from skeletal remains. Specifically, this relates to the use of ancient proteins for evolutionary research, using both ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) and other proteomic methodologies (LC-MS/MS etc) for the taxonomic determination and evolutionary/phylogenetic analyses of skeletal proteomes. The work will mostly focus on ancient bones of Pleistocene age from Eurasia and Africa although several other projects are envisaged. The candidate is expected to assist in the day-to-day running of the laboratory, be responsible for its smooth operation and act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols.


The position would suit someone who has a background in (bio)chemistry or archaeological science and direct experience in the field of palaeoproteomics (or modern proteomics with a clear understanding of the limitations of ancient material) and with strong laboratory-based skills.


This position is limited to three years. After this period, based on performance assessment, an extension is possible by mutual agreement.

Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves

  • Help in establishing the palaeoproteomics laboratory in the brand new Biologiezentrum of the University of Vienna, led by Ass Prof Douka;
  • Adapting existing and developing new scientific techniques and experimental protocols in palaeoprotemics;
  • Using specialist scientific equipment such as MALDI-ToF-MS and LC-MS/MS, liaising with manufacturers for new purchases and equipment maintenance;
  • Assisting with the development of an internal lab management system;
  • Acting as a source of information, advising and training other members of the group on scientific protocols, health and safety, data management and experimental techniques;
  • Liaising with collaborators over sample acquisition and data reporting;
  • Contributing ideas for new research projects and leading third-party funding applications;
  • Collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology on a range of applied projects incorporating aspects of archaeological science, proteomics, genetics and dating;
  • Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement;
  • Writing and preparing scientific reports and journal articles and occasi Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves
    • Help in establishing the palaeoproteomics laboratory in the brand new Biologiezentrum of the University of Vienna, led by Ass Prof Douka;
    • Adapting existing and developing new scientific techniques and experimental protocols in palaeoprotemics;
    • Using specialist scientific equipment such as MALDI-ToF-MS and LC-MS/MS, liaising with manufacturers for new purchases and equipment maintenance;
    • Assisting with the development of an internal lab management system;
    • Acting as a source of information, advising and training other members of the group on scientific protocols, health and safety, data management and experimental techniques;
    • Liaising with collaborators over sample acquisition and data reporting;
    • Contributing ideas for new research projects and leading third-party funding applications;
    • Collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology on a range of applied projects incorporating aspects of archaeological science, proteomics, genetics and dating;
    • Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement;
    • Writing and preparing scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally presenting conference papers and posters.

More Information

Benefits

Eligibility criteria

  • Relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science, biology or biochemistry, together with direct laboratory-based experience;
  • Experience of applying ZooMS for the taxonomic determination of collagenous material;
  • Experience in the extraction and analysis of palaeoproteomics data;
  • Sufficient specialist knowledge in palaeoproteomics to work within established research programmes, establish and run the day-to-day operation of the laboratory;
  • Ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Ability to obtain research income and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Strong interest in training new team members;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results, and represent results to research group meetings;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

Selection process

  • Relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science, biology or biochemistry, together with direct laboratory-based experience;
  • Experience of applying ZooMS for the taxonomic determination of collagenous material;
  • Experience in the extraction and analysis of palaeoproteomics data;
  • Sufficient specialist knowledge in palaeoproteomics to work within established research programmes, establish and run the day-to-day operation of the laboratory;
  • Ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Ability to obtain research income and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Strong interest in training new team members;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results, and represent results to research group meetings;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

Additional comments

The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. At present, about 88,000 students are enrolled in 180 courses at the University of Vienna. The University of Vienna is also the largest teaching and research institution in Austria with 8,900 employees, 6,700 of whom are scientists and academics.

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    HistoryArchaeology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

  • Relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science, biology or biochemistry, together with direct laboratory-based experience;
  • Experience of applying ZooMS for the taxonomic determination of collagenous material;
  • Experience in the extraction and analysis of palaeoproteomics data;
  • Sufficient specialist knowledge in palaeoproteomics to work within established research programmes, establish and run the day-to-day operation of the laboratory;
  • Ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Ability to obtain research income and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Strong interest in training new team members;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results, and represent results to research group meetings;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have

  • Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning;
  • Experience of working on research projects;
  • Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards);
  • International presentation experience.

Desirable qualifications are

  • Knowledge of university processes and structures;
  • Experience abroad;
  • Experience of supervising students.

Application documents

  • Letter of motivation;
  • Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given);
  • Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable);
  • Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference.

Specific Requirements

  • Relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science, biology or biochemistry, together with direct laboratory-based experience;
  • Experience of applying ZooMS for the taxonomic determination of collagenous material;
  • Experience in the extraction and analysis of palaeoproteomics data;
  • Sufficient specialist knowledge in palaeoproteomics to work within established research programmes, establish and run the day-to-day operation of the laboratory;
  • Ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Ability to obtain research income and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Strong interest in training new team members;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results, and represent results to research group meetings;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have

  • Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning;
  • Experience of working on research projects;
  • Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards);
  • International presentation experience.

Desirable qualifications are

  • Knowledge of university processes and structures;
  • Experience abroad;
  • Experience of supervising students.

Application documents

  • Letter of motivation;
  • Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given);
  • Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable);
  • Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Austria
VIENNA
Wien
1030
Djerassiplatz 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 695967
Posting organisation offer ID: 12370

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