17/11/2021

Senior Scientist

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Faculty of Life Sciences
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesOther
    ChemistryOther
    HistoryArchaeology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    14/12/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Austria › Wien
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    12500
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    No

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Department of Evolutionary Anthropology seeks to appoint a Senior Scientist in the field of Archaeological Science with expertise in chronometric dating using radiocarbon, in particular the radiocarbon dating of bone, but also charcoal, shell and other carbonaceous samples. The successful candidate should ideally have experience in the dating of single compounds (amino acids from bone collagen) using HPLC approaches, particularly with reference to samples of Palaeolithic age (material more than ~12-15,000 years old) from a methodological and applied point of view. The successful applicant will be part of a leading international team of researchers working across the fields of Human Evolution, Ancient DNA, Proteomics and Archaeological Science reporting to, and working with, Professor Tom Higham. The candidate will also participate in collaborative research projects and teaching courses in evolutionary anthropology.

Overview of the role:
Accurate radiocarbon measurement is crucial for archaeologists and prehistorians, but post-depositional contamination has the potential to skew the results, unless removed. One of the most important sample types in archaeology is bone, but the effective removal of contaminants from bone collagen can be challenging. Ancient bones (>30-40,000 years) are particularly affected. An alternative to the purification of bulk collagen samples is to isolate hydroxyproline, an amino acid found almost uniquely at significant abundance in collagen. Work has shown that, by isolating hydroxyproline using preparative high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and using this single amino acid for a direct radiocarbon date, it is possible to remove contamination. Although hydroxyproline does exist in nature outside of mammalian collagen, it is rare. A date on hydroxyproline from a bone is a demonstrably contaminant-free measurement.
We seek a Senior Scientist to work at newly developed laboratories in the University of Vienna’s Department of Evolutionary Anthropology on dating routine samples using established pretreatment methods, and also to apply these methods and single amino acid dating to Palaeolithic bones from across Eurasia. Ideally, the postholder will extend the methods currently used, develop new approaches and optimise them. We will be purchasing a new HPLC system and there is considerable opportunity for furthering other methodological and experimental techniques. The postholder will join a growing team of researchers, technician, doctoral students and administrators.

Responsibilities:
Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves

  • Using specialist scientific equipment in a developing radiocarbon pretreatment laboratory;
  • Undertaking HPLC analysis of protein hydrolysates from archaeological bone protein samples for radiocarbon dating using HPLC methods;
  • Adapting existing and developing new scientific techniques and experime Responsibilities:
    Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves
    • Using specialist scientific equipment in a developing radiocarbon pretreatment laboratory;
    • Undertaking HPLC analysis of protein hydrolysates from archaeological bone protein samples for radiocarbon dating using HPLC methods;
    • Adapting existing and developing new scientific techniques and experimental protocols in accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating;
    • Contributing ideas for new research projects and lead 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;
    • Writing and preparing scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally presenting conference papers and posters;
    • Representing the group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone;
    • Acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols, data management and experimental techniques and being responsible for the training of new members of the group;
    • Where required, selecting suitable samples for AMS dating, taking the samples for dating from sites and museums;
    • Carrying out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups;
    • Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement;
    • Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance.

    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.

    This full-time position is limited to six years. After this period, based on performance assessment, an extension is possible by mutual agreement. Annual gross salary will be between EUR 55,242.60 and EUR 64,415.40, with relevant work experience determining the exact amount.

More Information

Benefits

Eligibility criteria

Selection criteria:

  • Hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science or chemistry, together with relevant experience;
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in radiocarbon dating to work within established research programmes;
  • Have experience of applying and using single compound dating methods in radiocarbon, preferably bone amino acids and possess the required technical ability;
  • Experience using HPLC methods;
  • An ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Have a strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Evidence of an ability to obtain research funding and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Have 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

Selection criteria:

  • Hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science or chemistry, together with relevant experience;
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in radiocarbon dating to work within established research programmes;
  • Have experience of applying and using single compound dating methods in radiocarbon, preferably bone amino acids and possess the required technical ability;
  • Experience using HPLC methods;
  • An ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Have a strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Evidence of an ability to obtain research funding and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Have 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
    ChemistryOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    HistoryArchaeology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

Selection criteria:

  • Hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science or chemistry, together with relevant experience;
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in radiocarbon dating to work within established research programmes;
  • Have experience of applying and using single compound dating methods in radiocarbon, preferably bone amino acids and possess the required technical ability;
  • Experience using HPLC methods;
  • An ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Have a strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Evidence of an ability to obtain research funding and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Have 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.

Desirable selection criteria:

  • Experience in establishing new radiocarbon facilities;
  • Experience of developing methods for improving radiocarbon dating methodologies;
  • Experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication;
  • Experience of databases and IT.

Specific Requirements

Selection criteria:

  • Hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science or chemistry, together with relevant experience;
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in radiocarbon dating to work within established research programmes;
  • Have experience of applying and using single compound dating methods in radiocarbon, preferably bone amino acids and possess the required technical ability;
  • Experience using HPLC methods;
  • An ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
  • Have a strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
  • Evidence of an ability to obtain research funding and generate novel and interesting ideas;
  • Have 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.

Desirable selection criteria:

  • Experience in establishing new radiocarbon facilities;
  • Experience of developing methods for improving radiocarbon dating methodologies;
  • Experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication;
  • Experience of databases and IT.

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

EURAXESS offer ID: 709690
Posting organisation offer ID: 12500

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