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Research Assistant: Archaeological Science

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 38,017 a year
Interview Date
21st February 2020
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Role Description


We seek to hire a motivated postdoctoral research assistant for a fixed term of 12 months to work on developing methodologies in screening for protein preservation in archaeological objects. In this role you will conduct a variety of experiments using shotgun proteomics, peptide mass fingerprinting and amino acid analysis in coordination with the PI to identify potential screening tools for ancient protein preservation.

You will be based in the BioArCh research facility, a unique collaboration between the departments of Biology, Archaeology and Chemistry with a vibrant and welcoming research community. BioArCh holds dedicated facilities for ancient protein analysis, and has strong links with the Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry, through which it has access to MALDI and Orbitrap Fusion mass spectrometers, and the North East Amino Acid Racemization facility.


  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research

Key Responsibilities

  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects, with duties to include: analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research
  • To undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including the development of promotional or educational material including website maintenance and development
  • To develop and initiate collaborative working internally and externally, with duties to include: the building of internal contacts and participation in internal networks; collaboration with colleagues on joint projects as required; participation in and identification of external networks in order to share information and identify potential opportunities for collaboration and possible sources of funding; attendance and contribution to relevant meetings
  • To provide guidance to other staff and students, as required, and coordinating the work of small research teams

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will hold a first degree in archaeology, anthropology or chemistry or a related discipline and a PhD in the analysis of ancient biomolecules. You will have knowledge of the analysis of ancient proteins sufficient to engage in high quality research, an interest and enthusiasm for the subject, knowledge of a range of appropriate research techniques and methodologies and research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department’s research strategy and goals. You will have highly developed oral and written communication skills to engage effectively with wide ranging audiences, as well as the experience and ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination and the ability to develop research objectives, projects, and proposals for your own and joint research, in coordination with the PI. You will have experience and competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects, the ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds. You will show a high attention to detail, a positive, proactive and collaborative ethos, the ability to plan and prioritise work using your own initiative and a commitment to professional and personal development.

Interview date: 21st of February 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Jessica Hendy on

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