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Research Associate in Archaeological Chemistry (ENCOUNTER Project)

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817 - 34,804 a year
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A fixed term full-time postdoctoral appointment for 36 months is available at BioArCh, Department of Archaeology, to support the ERC-funded project “Encounter: Demography, Cultural change, and the Diffusion of Rice and Millet during the Jomon-Yayoi transition in prehistoric Japan”. The vacancy is for an analytical chemist or archaeological scientist to work on the chemical analysis of Final Jomon and Early Yayoi ceramic vessels through lipid and protein residue analysis. Please note that prior doctoral training or equivalent experience in the field of organic residue analysis is highly desirable.

As part of this project you may also be expected to make occasional visits to Japan to undertake sampling and dissemination of the results with the project partners, and to Cambridge where other team members will be based.


Main purpose of the role

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects

Main responsibility

  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects, 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

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree in chemistry, archaeological science, biochemistry, earth sciences, or a related topic or equivalent  experience
  • PhD in chemistry, archaeological science, biochemistry, earth sciences, or a related topic or equivalent  experience or equivalent  experience
  • Knowledge in chemistry or geochemistry to engage in high quality research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Has research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy and goals
  • Knowledge of organic residue analysis or organic chemistry applied to an archaeological context  
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Ability to develop research objectives , projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required
  • Competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects

Interview date: 15 July 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Oliver Craig by email at:

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