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Lecturer in Archaeological Science

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Lecturer in Archaeological Science

Department of Archaeology

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The department of Archaeology seeks to appoint an established or developing researcher in the field of ancient DNA and/or ancient proteins to answer questions about the human past as a full-time lecturer. You will join BioArCh, a world leading team for ancient biomolecules research and benefit from recent investment in laboratories, infrastructure and technical support in this area. Your research interests could include molecular approaches for the analysis of ancient humans, animals, plants or microorganisms to address archaeological questions. You will have access to our dedicated laboratories for clean working, sample preparation and processing, you will be supported by an experienced DNA/proteomics technician and benefit from our bioinformatics facility. You will have the opportunity to lead the cluster of post-graduate and postdoctoral researchers studying ancient DNA and optionally proteins, the latter with Prof. Matthew Collins.

Interviews and presentations will take place on 22 and 23 February 2018.


The main responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking world class high impact research and leadership in the field of ancient Biomolecules
  • Developing and delivering high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching; 
  • Undertaking pastoral and administrative responsibilities effectively.


Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will have a postgraduate degree in biology, biochemistry or archaeology, or equivalent experience and a PhD in the application of molecular methods within archaeology. You will have a growing body of high quality research publications in the application of ancient DNA and /or proteomics to the study of the human past and the ability to attract major research funding.

You will possess extensive knowledge of biomolecular archaeology and be able to teach biomolecular research (proteins and DNA) to archaeologists and particularly their relevance to archaeological questions/topics/issues.  You should have prior experience of teaching and learning in HE at undergraduate or postgraduate level or in a similar context. You should also hold an appropriate academic professional and teaching qualification or be willing to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

You will have advanced and specialist IT knowledge and highly developed communication skills to engage with a wide ranging audience.  You will be able to supervise the work of others, for example as an MSc, PhD or postdoctoral supervisor. Finally it is essential that you have a collaborative and collegiate ethos.

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Closing date: 28 January 2018

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