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Research Assistant Position

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    Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    17/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Kiel


The Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at Kiel University is pleased to announce a Researcher assistant position (m/f/d) until September 30, 2023, within the DFG-funded-project "HighStepLands. Holocene socio-cultural-environmental interactions along a highland altitudinal transect of the Zagros Mountains (Kohgiluyeh-e Boyer Ahmad Province, Southwestern Iran)". (PI: Andrea Ricci)

The regular weekly working hours are equal to a full-time employee (currently 38,7 h/week). The salary is based on the German public pay scale (TV-L E 13) if the conditions of the collective agreement are met.

Area of activity:

The HighStepLands project investigates long-term socio-cultural-ecological dynamics and past cultural landscape formation processes in the Zagros Mountains in southwestern Iran. The applicant is expected to support the interdisciplinary HighStepLands project team with her/his expertise.

The post holder will analyze archaeological datasets and correlate them with paleoenvironmental and historical sources in order to reconstruct long term regional population dynamics, identify mobility patterns and detect strategies of local communities to cope with changing ecological and socio-cultural conditions.

More Information

Selection process

We look forward to receiving your detailed application, which should include at least the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation in English with a description of your previous research experience and qualification for the position,
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications,
  • Copies of certificates and work references,
  • Contact details of two referees.

Please send the complete application (in one PDF file) by December 17th, 2021 to

Dr. Andrea Ricci

Kiel University

Institute for Pre- and Early History

Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2-6

24118 Kiel

Email: aricci@roots.uni-kiel.de

If you have specific questions regarding the job profile and the associated tasks, please contact Dr. Andrea Ricci (aricci@roots.uni-kiel.de) by e-mail.

Please refrain from submitting application photos. Application documents received by post will not be returned but will be destroyed at the end of the procedure.

Additional comments

The Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel sees itself as a modern and cosmopolitan employer. We welcome your application regardless of age, gender, cultural and social origin, religion, ideology, disability or sexual identity. We promote gender equality.

The Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel advocates the employment of people with disabilities: Applications from severely disabled people and their equals will be given preference if they are suitable.

This advertisement is aimed equally at employees of the state of Schleswig-Holstein and external applicants.

The compatibility of work and family as well as the promotion of part-time employment are of particular interest to the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. Part-time employment is therefore generally possible.

We also support the application of people with a foreign background.

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Offer Requirements



  • Master‘s degree in Archaeology, Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, or Near Eastern Archaeology,
  • Relevant, qualified doctorate, and an excellent track record,
  • Excellent knowledge of the archaeology and history of Iran,
  • Experience in conducting archaeological fieldwork and in working in interdisciplinary team,
  • A focus of previous work should be on the Neolithic, Chalcolithic or Bronze Age periods of Iran or Southwestern Asia,
  • Very good knowledge of English,
  • Organizational, communication and teamwork skills as well as an independent and responsible approach to work.
  • The position requires periods of research in Iran.


  • Experience in the use of databases and GIS,
  • Good or very good knowledge of Persian,
  • Experience with the study of prehistoric lithic stone artefacts,
  • International experience (e.g. periods of research or study abroad, international publications) is an advantage.

Candidates will be evaluated on their research and publication record, and their fit of their research background in the project.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University

EURAXESS offer ID: 717474


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