01/12/2021

Two PhD Positions in Palaeoproteomics and Archaeological Science

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Tübingen
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    AnthropologyOther
    Biological sciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    16/01/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Germany › Tübingen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    To be defined
  • JOB STATUS
    Other
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    26
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/04/2022

OFFER DESCRIPTION

3-year PhD Position (f/m/d; E13 TVL, 65%)

The Archaeo and Palaeoproteomics Junior Research Group at the University of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, is seeking to fill two PhD positions with an expected start date in April 2022. These are both three-year positions, funded through the Excellence Initiative of the University of Tübingen at the standard personnel rate for doctoral researchers (13 TV-L) at 65% of a full position (ca. 26 h/week).

Our team studies hominin dispersal and interaction during the Pleistocene, bone tool production and specialisation, artefact manufacture, and protein preservation across archaeological timescales. We have a particular focus on the study of fragmented bones, which typically can’t be identified using traditional zooarchaeological practices and may contain rare human and faunal remains that are key to our understanding of the archaeological record.

Both candidates will work within the Institute for Scientific Archaeology at the University of Tübingen as part of the Archaeo and Palaeoproteomics Research Group. Each project will have a particular focus on the application of ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) to bone fragments and the development of new extraction and analysis procedures. These projects are aimed at integrating fragmented bones into the archaeological record for a wholistic view of the entire osseous assemblage, changing subsistence strategies of Pleistocene populations, and the identification of rare faunal remains.

PhD Position 1

The first PhD candidate will focus on the Mousterian aged bone assemblages of the UNESCO world heritage cave sites in the Swabian Jura, working in collaboration with the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology and the Institute for Scientific Archaeology at the University of Tübingen. In this position, the PhD will apply palaeoproteomic techniques on large assemblages to investigate the behaviours and strategies of Neanderthals through the study of highly worked and fragmented bones.

PhD Position 2

The second PhD candidate will focus on the Aurignacian aged bone assemblages of the UNESCO world heritage cave sites in the Swabian Jura, working in collaboration with the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology and the Institute for Scientific Archaeology at the University of Tübingen. In this position, the PhD will apply palaeoproteomic techniques on large assemblages to investigate the behaviours and strategies of early humans in the region through the study of highly worked and fragmented bone.

Candidate Profile

There are a range of research backgrounds which may be applicable to these projects, however the ideal candidate should have;

  • Masters degree in Pleistocene archaeology or zooarchaeology with an interest in palaeoproteomics; or
  • Masters degree in bioinformatics with an interest in the application of palaeoproteomics to Pleistocene archaeology and zooarchaeology.
  • An explicit interest in close collaboration with zooarchaeologists and archaeologists.
  • A completed masters degree prior to the beginning of the project.

Please submit your application - a letter of interest for either of the two listed projects, a brief project proposal (see below), your CV, and the contact details for two academic references - as a single PDF by email. 

The project proposal should show that you are familiar with the major research themes for the region and time period, depending on which PhD position you are interested in, and what research questions you would be interested in pursuing as part of your PhD. The proposal should include your thoughts on how palaeoproteomic research on large assemblages of fragmented bones can contribute to our understanding of the Swabian Jura cave sites and the populations present there during the Pleistocene. The proposal does not need to be longer than one page. 

Applications are due January 16th 2021.

For further information or to submit your application please contact Dr. Samantha Brown: samantha.brown@uni-tuebingen.de

More Information

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Anthropology: Master Degree or equivalent
    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Information science: Master Degree or equivalent
Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
University of Tübingen
Germany
Baden-Wurttemberg
Tübingen
72074
Hölderlinstr. 12

EURAXESS offer ID: 714270

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