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Post-doctoral researcher

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6 april 2021
1 mei 2021

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The Faculty of Archaeology is looking for a

Post-doctoral researcher 
With a specialization in technological analysis of lithic artefacts and Pleistocene archaeology

Project description
In the NWO-funded research project “Finding resolution for the Middle to Later Stone Age transition” we aim to characterize the now very poorly understood Middle to Later stone transition in southern Africa (~40.000 – 20.000 years ago). Through renewed excavations at Umhlatuzana rockshelter and an in-depth analysis of the stratigraphy, taphonomy and environmental circumstances we are documenting the context of this transition in great detail. The next stage of the project is to document the changes in technological behaviour that make up this transition. To this end the lithic assemblages of the site will be analysed. During the excavation all materials >2cm were piece-plotted. The assemblages to be analysed consist of ~4800 knapped artefacts in multiple raw materials, including quartz and hornfels (flint is not represented at the site).

As the project’s lithic specialist you are responsible for the technological analysis of the Umhlatuzana lithic assemblages to help define the Middle to Later Stone transition. Key in this project is to study the assemblage from technological, typological, attribute, provenance and chaîne opératoire perspectives.

Key responsibilities
The candidate’s key responsibilities include:

  • Database design and management for lithic assemblages;
  • Raw material identification;
  • Attribute analysis of stone tools in different raw materials;
  • Integrate the results in wider models of human technological development;
  • Integrate results with newly collected excavation data;
  • Writing/preparation for at least two scientific publications; presentations at conferences; input follow-up projects.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in archaeology, with a focus on stone tool technology;
  • Demonstrable experience in database design and management;
  • Knowledge of relevant statistical techniques and programs, e.g. principal component analysis;
  • Excellent command of the English language;
  • Collaborative spirit.

Desirable qualities include:

  • Affinity with geochemical characterization of lithic materials;
  • Knowledge of southern African Pleistocene archaeology.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Archaeology is an international faculty in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology and is home to 500 students. The Faculty is remarkable for its global diversity and the strong connection it fosters between teaching and research. It is here that researchers from all areas of the field work to determine the future of archaeological research: the future of the past begins in Leiden.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time position for one year, with the possibility of a six-month extension. Salary range from € 2.790,- to € 5.127,- gross per month, depending on qualifications and experience (scale 10 to 11 in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities).

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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

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

Additional information
For more information about this position, please contact Dr Gerrit Dusseldorp, e-mail g.l.dusseldorp@arch.leidenuniv.nl

Applications should submitted no later than 1 May 2021 via j.a.say@arch.leidenuniv.nlPlease quote the vacancy number in your application. All requested documents should be combined in a single PDF file. Applications should be submitted in English and include a:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • Two sample publications in English (or chapters from your PhD thesis);
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees (please do not submit reference letters at this stage);
  • A one page outline of the methodology and scope of data collection required for this project.

First interviews will take place in May 2021. Start date position negotiable from July 2021 onwards.


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