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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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A fixed term postdoctoral appointment to start on 1 September 2019 and finish on 31 March 2022 is available in the Department of Archaeology, to support the Leverhulme-funded project “Urban ecology and transitions in the Zanzibar archipelago”. The vacancy is for a zooarchaeology AND/OR stable isotope specialist, to assess evidence for diet, economy and resource use at early urban sites in the Zanzibar archipelago.


You will conduct individual and collaborative research and be responsible for collating, analysing and sampling faunal evidence (e.g. identifying domesticated species, producing traditional statistical measures sex/age profiles etc.) from excavated faunal material from Zanzibar and undertaking carbon and nitrogen bulk stable isotope analyses on the samples under the guidance of Dr Michelle Alexander at the University of York. You will also explore the potential for single compound isotope analysis on a subsample and participate in the production and dissemination of project results via academic papers and public outreach.

At York you will join a multi-disciplinary team working between Archaeology and BioArchaeology working closely with Dr Michelle Alexander (York, BioArchaeology), Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones and another project PDRA (York, Archaeology). You will also be part of a research collaboration with Dr Federica Sulas (Urbnet, Aarhus University) and other colleagues and specialists at Aarhus University.

You will be based in BioArCh and the main Archaeology Department at the King’s Manor, York, an internationally renowned department for Archaeology and Bioarchaeology, but will be expected to travel to Zanzibar to participate in fieldwork and to Aarhus for collaboration and training.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You are expected to hold a PhD in archaeological science, zooarchaeology, palaeoecology, bioscience or a related topic and have competency in isotopic and/or zooarchaeology methods and be able to demonstrate experience of working in an isotope or zooarchaeology laboratory. You will also have the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination; have experience with and competency in carrying out independent and collaborative research; and demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative.

You will show a willingness to engage with new techniques, applications and fields of knowledge, attention to detail and commitment to producing work of high quality. You will show a collaborative ethos and an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project alongside a positive attitude to colleagues and students and willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions. You should be able to demonstrate your ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines, including using initiative to plan research programmes. You will show commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills and a willingness to travel to various locations in the UK and abroad in order to collect/analyse samples, collaborate and to attend conferences.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Michelle Alexander (

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