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Research Associate


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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
33,309 - 35,326 per year
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The Department of Archaeology at York is recognised internationally as a leading institution for archaeological research tackling global issues that are both important and challenging. Our core strengths in human evolution and prehistory, Roman, medieval, historical and field archaeology are complemented by our specialisms in bioarchaeology, digital archaeology, African archaeology, buildings conservation and heritage, and experimental archaeology and artefact studies. 

We are proud of our Athena Swan Bronze Award and strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, flourish, and excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture across all staff groups and levels. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education.


We are looking to appoint a lithic microwear specialist with a good knowledge of technology and basic geology. The role requires demonstrable experience in microwear analysis of lithic assemblages via publication and/or other relevant research outputs along with expertise in low and high power microscopy, including use of imaging software for micrographs. As well as excellent analytical skills, the role holder will be able to manage large relational datasets and have the ability to interpret and contextualise their results within broader archaeological debates.

The post will involve substantial independent travel to Russia and Latvia to analyse material held in local collections. It is essential that you are willing and able to undertake this travel.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree and PhD in Archaeology/Anthropology or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge in lithic microwear analysis and lithic technology including low and high power microscopy and imaging software for micrographs
  • Ability to manage large relational datasets and interpret and contextualise results
  • 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

Interview date: 23 November 2021 

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Aimée Little (

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We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

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