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Research Associate x 2

Department
Chemistry and Archaeology
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time
Contract status
Fixed term
Salary
32,817 - 34,804 a year
Interview Date
To be confirmed
Posted Date
27/07/2021
Apply by
19/09/2021
Job Reference
9624

Role Description

The Project

The departments of Archaeology and Chemistry wish to appoint two 3-year postdoctoral Research Associates to contribute to the project “SEACHANGE:  Quantifying the Impact of Major Cultural Transitions on Marine Ecosystem Functioning and Biodiversity”.  This 6-year grant is funded by the European Research Council and led by Professor James Scourse at the University of Exeter with collaborators at the University of York, Johannes Gutenberg University, Copenhagen University, University of Queensland and University of Bergen. The project will apply a structured and systematic approach to the reconstruction of marine ecosystem baselines and quantify the impact of cultural transitions on marine ecosystems. It will investigate five key cultural transitions: the European transition to farming (8000 to 5000 years BP; WP1), the European pre-industrial to modern (last 2000 years; WP2), the Australian hunter-gatherer (aboriginal) to colonial (last 6,000 years; WP3), the Viking age settlement of Iceland (WP4) and the advent of intensive whaling/fishing in Antarctica.

The Roles

The Department of Chemistry wishes to appoint an analytical chemist/geochemist to be responsible for conducting amino acid research from modern and ancient marine specimens under the direction of Professor Kirsty Penkman with the support of Dr Sam Presslee.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree and PhD in Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Archaeological Science, or related subject
  • Knowledge of chemistry and its application to ancient samples
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research in a relevant subject area
  • Experience of working with chromatography and/or mass spectrometry
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media

The Department of Archaeology wishes to appoint an isotope geochemist to be responsible for conducting stable isotope analysis of tissues from ancient and modern marine organisms under the direction of Professor Oliver Craig with the support of Dr Helen Talbot.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree and PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Archaeological Science, or related subject
  • Expertise in stable isotope analysis with analysis of compound specific isotopes
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research in a relevant subject area
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Expertise in marine ecosystems is desirable 

The Department of Archaeology and the Department of Chemistry are internationally renowned for their research and strive to provide working environments that allow all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and excel. Both departments are proud of their Athena Swan Awards (Gold, Department of Chemistry; Bronze, Department of Archaeology).

Postholders will be part of the BioArCh group, which hosts a range of archaeological and environmental scientists working on palaeoecology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and will work collaboratively with the larger SEACHANGE team of over 30 scientists, including other isotope geochemists, marine ecologists, zooarchaeologists and oceanographers.

Applicants should indicate the role they wish to be considered for in their application.

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Kirsty Penkman, Department of Chemistry (kirsty.penkman@york.ac.uk) or Professor Oliver Craig, Department of Archaeology (oliver.craig@york.ac.uk).

 

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