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PhD candidate MSCA European Training Network Terranova

Omvang (fte)
Geplaatst op
04 maart 2019
15 april 2019

Nog 22 dagen om te solliciteren

The Faculty of Archaeology, Department of World Archeology, is looking for a:

PhD candidate  'Modelling human-environment interactions in early landscape changes'

MSCA European Training Network TERRANOVA  (1.0 FTE)

Project description

This PhD position is part of the European Training Network TERRANOVA (H2020 ITN) in which 15 PhD fellows will collaborate to increase long-term understanding of landscape histories and land use strategies in Europe.

The PhD-candidate for this position will develop dynamic models for understanding human-environment interactions during early landscape changes in Europe, focusing on crucial transitions in five regions (Terra Nova Field Laboratories). The research will focus on the influence of human-induced fire ecologies, and more particularly the intentional use of fire as a landscaping tool, during the earliest energy regimes covering the human ecosystems of Late Pleistocene and Holocene hunter-gatherers and (the transition to) the earliest farming communities. Specific attention will be paid to the impact of human activities and fire ecologies on vegetation cover, wildlife and human livelihood (including mobility) at different spatial and temporal scales, from local habitats to the scale of biomes, and from short-term effects to long-term changes covering millennia.

As a PhD-candidate you will combine archaeological datasets with populations models, palaeogeographical models (soils, water systems and land cover) and models of climate change, in order to reconstruct the impact of early human land use systems on the natural environment and the long-term development of human niche construction during the earliest human energy regimes. Use will be made of different methods for geospatial analysis, dynamic modelling and –where possible- agent-based modelling (ABM).

This PhD project will be jointly supervised by three supervisors. Secondments will take place to the University of Uppsala and other research institutes in Europe.

Key responsibilities

  • analyse archaeological and environmental data;
  • conduct geospatial analysis and agent-based modelling;
  • publish scientific papers and deliver synthesis;
  • interact and collaborate with other PhD students in the project;
  • interpret data and models in terms of land use histories and their impact on landscape and environment.

Selection criteria

  • a Master’s degree (MA/MSc) or equivalent in Archaeology, Geography, Ecology or related fields;
  • not have resided in the The Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (and not have carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in The Netherlands, unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1);
  • considered to be an early stage researcher at the date of recruitment, i.e. in the first four years of your research career and not have a doctoral degree;
  • be able to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment;
  • previous experience in working with Geographical Information Systems and Geospatial modelling;
  • interdisciplinary skills and strong interest in environmental issues, land-use history, and (historical) ecology;
  • experience in working with archaeological datasets is an advantage;
  • good command of English is required;

Our organisation
The Faculty of Archaeology ranks as the best on continental Europe and is in the top ten of the world. The Faculty hosts a successful, multi-disciplinary team of researchers active over the entire globe. Increasingly, international students find their way to Archaeology in Leiden, up to 50% of all students in the master's phase.Our main topics are human origins, the archaeology and deep history of migration, colonisation, colonial encounters, globalisation, and cultural identity. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/archaeology.

At the Faculty of Archaeology the PhD-candidate will work closely together with researchers of the Human Origins Group, as well as with environmental scientists from the interfaculty research profile “Liveable Planet” – in which the Faculty of Archaeology participates (see also: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research-dossiers/keeping-the-planet-liveable).

Terms and conditions

  • A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. During the first three years, the salary will be covered via the Marie Curie Project allowances.
  • Be part of a team of leading scientists in different fields of academia and commerce (science, landscape management, modelling and imaging techniques).
  • Prestigious EU fellowship.
  • Develop multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research skills.
  • Excellent training programme covering human-environment interaction, landscape histories, reconstruction, and management, energy regimes and spatial planning, among others.
  • Establish a professional network in academia, business organizations and NGO’s.
  • Internships and visits to different disciplinary institutes within industry and academia.

Successful applicants will be invited to take up their position on 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will initially be for 12 months and if evaluated positively, with an extension of 3 years and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Salary range from €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) based on a full-time appointment.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be directed to Prof.dr. Jan Kolen, email j.c.a.kolen@arch.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 15 April 2019 via email: e.m.radelaar@arch.leidenuniv.nl
. Evaluation, interviews and selection process including an assessment event at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will be held from 16 April to 20 June 2019. Applications should be in English, and be submitted with the items listed below included in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – XXX’:

  • A CV including education history and publications;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • An statement that you meet the Eligibility Criteria of the MSCA ITN Early-Stage Researchers, i.e.
    • be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree;
    • at the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
    • ability to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) during the appointment.
  • A 2-page research proposal, elaborating one of the two research topics specified above, in relation to the overarching theme of the project. The research proposal should be accompanied by an annotated sample bibliography of no more than one page;
  • One sample publication or other piece of academic written work;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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