PhD positions in archaeology related technologies in European Innovative Training Network - PlaCe-ITN (MSCA)

Training the next generation of archaeological scientists: Interdisciplinary studies of pre-modern Plasters and Ceramics from the eastern Mediterranean.

The PlaCe network is a high-profile partnership dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of pre-modern ceramics and plasters. This Innovative Training Network aims at training Early-Stage Researchers to conduct state-of-the-art, science-based research on the technology, use, and provenance of the most abundant materials in archaeological sites. This is a €3.9 million research project fully funded by Europe’s Horizon2020, the EU Research and Innovation funding programme, as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action running from 2021 to 2025.

The project will employ 15 Early-Stage (doctoral) researchers across the consortium, offering a wide range of training courses for the analytical study of the first synthetic materials produced by humankind, i.e., plasters and ceramics. It focusses on the technology, know-how, raw materials and tools developed and employed for their production, in different regions of the eastern Mediterranean, in pre-modern societies from prehistory to the post-medieval period.


According to the eligibility criteria set by the European Commission and the particular MSCA-ITN2020 call, the recruited Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) will comply with the following conditions: 

  • be recruited by the beneficiary under a full employment contract, including social security coverage; 
  • be working exclusively for the action; 
  • not have resided in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date, and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account;
  • be — at the date of recruitment — an ‘early-stage researcher’ (i.e., in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree).

Applicants from all countries are welcome to submit an application, however all applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria before they submit an application.

Also, the recruited ESRs must demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English, for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.  

Open positions:

Only two positions are open at the moment but the others will open eventually:

ESR01: Raw materials in the production of ancient Cypriot ceramics. Sampling the Cypriot geo-environment

ESR02: Reconstructing the chaîne opératoire of technical ceramics for the production of Egyptian blue from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman era

More information here