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 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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) or Professor Oliver Craig, Department of Archaeology (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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