Postdoctoral Research Associate (Istotope)

University of York
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WorkplaceYork, Yorkshire, UK


Postdoctoral Research Associate (Istotope)

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Role Description


The Department of Archaeology is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work for 53 months on the ERC funded project “COMMIOS: Communities and Connectivities: Iron Age Britons and their Continental Neighbours”. The project is led by Professor Ian Armit.

COMMIOS will apply a combination of scientific and humanities approaches to the analysis of Iron Age communities in Britain (c. 800 BC – AD 100) within their north-west European context. It will operate at a range of scales to provide both breadth and depth of new knowledge and understanding and draws together experts in ancient DNA modelling from Harvard Medical School (Professor David Reich), AMS dating and Bayesian analysis at SUERC, University of Glasgow (Dr Derek Hamilton) and isotope analysis at the UKRI/BGS facility in Keyworth (Professor Jane Evans).


In this role, you will conduct research in the field of isotope analysis under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research outputs. Your duties will include: sampling, 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. You will liaise closely with colleagues at BGS over all aspects of isotope analysis related to the project, interrogate isotope results as a basis for analysis, interpretation and publication and draft isotope reports on specific individuals for the use of museums and other organisations supplying the project with samples.

You will also undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material. You will contribute to the development of collaborative networks both internally and externally, and attend and contribute to relevant meetings.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will hold a first degree in archaeology or a cognate discipline and a PhD in isotope analysis of ancient human remains or equivalent experience. You will have knowledge of isotope analysis sufficient to engage in high quality research, 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. Knowledge of British later prehistory is desirable.

You will have highly developed oral and written communication skills to engage effectively with wide ranging audiences. You will have 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, with the assistance of a mentor if required. 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, with collaborators if required and competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Ian Armit on ian.armit [at] york[.]ac[.]uk

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 53 months

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 176765.

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