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Early Stage Research Assistant

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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30,800 or 34,250 (Family allowance if applicable)
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The Department of Archaeology is looking to appoint a skilled and highly motivated Early Stage Research Assistant with expertise in the field of archaeological science. In this role you will work as part of the European Commission-funded network TEMPERA: Teaching Emerging Methods in Palaeoproteomics for the European Research Area, to undertake research on the identification of proteins from archaeological artefacts. As part of the TEMPERA network you will have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art training in mass spectrometry-based ancient protein analysis. You will be based at BioArCh, a unique research group with internationally recognised strengths in the study of ancient proteins, lipids, DNA and stable isotopes. The post is available for up to 18 months based on a start date of 10 July 2019.

Pottery vessels are abundant in the archaeological record as one of the most commonly surviving remnants of past food processing, and the biomolecular analysis of these artefacts is shedding new light on past culinary and subsistence practices. Working with experts in the biomolecular analysis of ceramics, you will perform experiments on modern and archaeological materials to explore the preservation of food proteins in ceramics and ceramic residues. You will compare the survival of proteins with other biomolecules (such as lipids) and will have the opportunity to work on a range of samples from different environments and periods already housed at the University of York. You will also work together with other TEMPERA project members focusing on methodological development and characterisation of ancient protein damage and modification, with the possibility of a secondment to work with other TEMPERA consortium members.

You will have knowledge in the fields of Archaeology, Chemistry or Biology, experience of working in a laboratory environment and an understanding of archaeological science.

You will be supervised by Dr Jessica Hendy and will benefit from interaction with other TEMPERA consortium members and research staff at BioArCh.

In order to comply with European Commission regulations, to be eligible to apply for this role you must, at 10 July 2019 be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Applicants may be of any nationality, however, to comply with European Commission mobility rules, applicants must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years prior to recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

This position is a full-time fixed-term post for up to 18 months only with no extension beyond February 2021.  The salary for this post is £30,800 or £34,250 (if family allowance is applicable)

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