The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Call for 3 Post-Doctoral Researcher Positions (2 years) at IPHES-CERCA

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    Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
    AnthropologyPhysical anthropology
    Biological sciencesBiology
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    31/10/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Tarragona


Having been awarded the Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence (CEX2019-000945-M), the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES-CERCA) is offering 3 postdoctoral positions for a duration of 2 years in the research topics stipulated below:

A.- Subsistence strategies from an evolutionary point of view

Scope: Western Mediterranean Holocene

Field: Husbandry practices during the emergence of livestock domestication.

Issue: Farming as a resilience practice to confront climatic variations and the human costs at the beginning of the socio-economic transformation. The effects of livestock breeding on landscape modification and human niche construction.

B.- Widening insights from technology

Scope: Mediterranean and European Middle and Upper Pleistocene.

Field: Technological and social innovations enabled Neanderthals to adapt to climate change (fire and hearths, evolved toolkits using divers materials, spatially organized home-base sites and symbolic thought processes).

Issue 1: What evidence is there for co-existence between Modern Humans and Neanderthals in the Iberian Peninsula and what might the modalities of their coexistence imply?

Issue 2: Does the archaeological record enable detailed palaeo-ethnographic reconstructions of Neanderthal lifestyles? What were the regional networks of the Neanderthals?

C.- Shifting visions on early cognition

Field: Primate archaeology

Issue: How can Primate Archaeology provide innovative insights into the origins of hominin technological behaviours?

No restrictions on gender, age, ethnic groups, national or social origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, political opinion, social or economic conditions apply in our choice for the positions. Following its endorsement to the principles of the HR4SR ( http://www.iphes.cat/hr-excellence-research ), the IPHES-CERCA is committed to pro-active policies permitting equal opportunities and resolving gender issues.http://www.iphes.cat/hr-excellence-research.

The best candidates will be selected according to a pre-established evaluation process in accordance with three of the IPHES-CERCA’ strategic research goals:

A) Branch: Subsistence strategies from an evolutionary point of view

B) Branch: Widening insights from Technology

C) Branch: Shifting visions on early cognition

One researcher will be chosen for each thematic area.

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According to the PhD salary scales of the IPHES-CERCA, the gross salary will be 30,250€/year. Vacation days, parental leave and medical coverage are included in agreement with the Spanish employment regulation and Social Security system.

Eligibility criteria

Researchers of any nationality are eligible to apply. Candidate’s profiles should fit within the R2 or R3 stages of the European Framework for Research Careers (www.iphes.cat/career-development-guide). Applications must include the following documents (in English):

  1. Application form, following the template that can be download from http://www.iphes.cat/job-opportunities
  2. A motivation letter no longer than 2 pages in length (written using Times New Roman/Arial or similar font, in size 11 and with spacing of 1). The motivation letter must address: the candidate’s professional background; the interest of developing their project at the IPHES-CERCA in relation to her or his previous work; and the potential of the candidate’s proposal to impact the IPHES-CERCA’ strategic goals.
  3. Curriculum Vitae completed using the template available on http://www.iphes.cat/job-opportunities
  4. A research project no longer than 5 pages in length (written using Times New Roman/Arial or similar font, in size 11 and with spacing of 1). The project must 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; and the expected Scientific impact of the project regarding the topic applied for and the impact on the professional career of the researcher aligned with the IPHES-CERCA’ strategic goals.

Selection process

The recruitment and selection of researchers is based on the OMT-R defined by the EU, which represents the main pillar of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their recruitment, under which the candidates will be hired. The evaluation process will consist of 3 steps:

1-First screening and evaluation of the research projects (2-3 weeks): a)Checking of the documentation, b)Evaluation of the CVs (accomplished by the Maria de Maeztu Steering Committee, MMST) and c)Evaluation of motivation letters and Research Projects by 3 experts of the Selection Committee(SC).

2-Interview of the proposed candidates (1 week). Interviews will be carried out using on-line platforms by 5 members of the SC

3-Final scoring (1 week). A list of the proposed and reserve candidates based on the ranking of the previous 2 steps will be communicated on the IPHES-CERCA web page.

Conflicts of interest: Members of the 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 MMST if one becomes apparent during the course of the evaluation. A conflict of interest may also arise if: a)the expert has had relevant scientific collaborations with one of the candidates they are evaluating b) 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 has 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. They will be assessed on the basis of one or more of the following issues:

  • Evidence of bias or conflict of interest by one or more of the evaluators.
  • Factual error(s) made by one or more of the evaluators that might have influenced the outcome of an 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 confirm that the candidate should have been short-listed for concession, the provisional results can be modified to re-configure the final ranking. All complainants will receive a response within two weeks after submission of the appeal.


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Required Research Experiences

    AnthropologyPhysical anthropology
    1 - 4
    Biological sciencesBiology
    1 - 4
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

    Anthropology: PhD or equivalent
    Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    History: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


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)
3 position(s) available at
Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
Zona Educacional, 4 (W3)

Open, Transparent, Merit based Recruitment procedures of Researchers (OTM-R)

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EURAXESS offer ID: 699296


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