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PhD researcher in the field of Archaeological Science

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14 november 2023
14 januari 2024 Nog 36 dagen om te solliciteren

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The Department of Archaeological Sciences, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, is looking for a PhD Candidate in the field of Archaeological Science to join a project funded the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and carried out at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.

Project Description
The Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, seeks to appoint a full-time PhD candidate to carry out research at the thematic intersection of Bioarchaeology, Isotope Geochemistry, and Computer Science. The successful candidate will join the Department of Archaeological Sciences and Bioarchaeology Research Group of our Faculty, and will be appointed as a guest researcher at the Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The research should lead you to obtain a PhD within a four-year timeframe (1.0 FTE).
The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr. Jason E. Laffoon (PI), Associate Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, and Dr. Lisette Kootker, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The PhD candidate’s research is part of the NWO-funded Vidi project: PastPorts: tracking migrant origins with an integrated isotopic approach.

The PastPorts project will focus on two connected overarching goals: 1) Conducting fundamental research assessing the isotopic ecology of the Caribbean region; and 2) Determining the geographic origins of ancient migrants. These goals will be achieved by refining and integrating several cutting-edge advances in isotope analyses, modelling spatial variation of multiple isotopes using machine learning approaches (isoscapes), and predicting individual origins using quantitative geographic assignment approaches. Recent research, including pioneering studies led by the applicant, have demonstrated the potential of these methods to identify the geographic origins of migrants with increasing precision.

The PastPorts project is divided into three interconnected subprojects:
SP1: Developing Multiple Isoscapes
SP2: Predicting migrant origins
SP3: Understanding Migration Life Histories

The successful candidate will be expected to lead subproject 1, under the supervision of the PI and in collaboration with other team members, and make substantive contributions to subprojects 2 and 3.

Key tasks

  • Conduct collaborative and novel research in the field of Isotope Bioarchaeology;
  • Contribute to the overall aims of the PastPorts Project;
  • Conduct research activities, including sample collection, processing, and analyses with project partners in the Caribbean, United States, Belgium, and the Netherlands;
  • Carry out isotope analyses of archaeological and ecological sample materials;
  • Analyze and integrate various types of archaeological, bioarchaeological, isotopic, and spatial datasets;
  • Develop, construct, and use maps of spatial isotope variation (isoscapes);
  • Publish and present the work in international peer-reviewed journals and to academic and professional audiences, both independently and with team members;
  • Actively participate in discussions at the faculty, department, and research group level on research innovation;
  • Follow PhD courses based on an individual training and supervision plan, including through the Graduate School;
  • Obtain a PhD by publishing several articles in peer-reviewed academic journals on a topic related to the research topics outlined above within a four-year timeframe.

Selection criteria

  • Master’s degree completed by the time of the appointment in Archaeology, Anthropology, Computer Science, or related field;
  • Demonstrable ability and enthusiasm for innovative and inter-disciplinary research at the intersection of conceptual and policy-oriented research in one or more of the above fields;
  • Experience with quantitative research methods;
  • Availability to travel and conduct fieldwork outside the Netherlands;
  • Demonstrable good time-management, organizational, and communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in an organized and results-oriented fashion;
  • The PhD thesis will be written in English and therefore excellent command of English is required. Command of Dutch is not a requirement, but familiarity with Spanish and/or French is considered an advantage

Our Faculty
The future of the past begins at Leiden University. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specializations and notable for its strong connection between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology, the Faculty, and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field, determine the future of archaeological research. More information about our university and our faculty can be found at: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/archaeology

We offer

  • The selected candidate will be appointed for 4 years in total: initially for a 1 year trial period, followed by an extension of 3 more years, in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • The salary is the standard offered to PhD researchers in the Netherlands in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (P scale: P0 to P3 = €2770 - €3539 gross per month).
  • 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. 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.
  • All our PhD students are embedded in the Graduate School of Archaeology. Our graduate school and Leiden University offer several PhD training courses at various levels.

Leiden University attaches great importance to diversity and therefore welcomes applications from people who are currently under-represented at Leiden.
Applications are particularly welcome from minority ethnic candidates.

For more information about the content of this vacancy, please contact Jason Laffoon, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeological Sciences, j.e.laffoon@arch.leidenuniv.nl.
More information about Leiden University can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en.

You can apply via the 'Apply' button. The deadline for applications is January 14, 2024.
Applications must be submitted via SuccessFactors. The position is envisaged to start in June 2024, but a later start date is possible.

Please attach the following additional documents as one PDF file, stating the job number above:

  • Motivation letter, including your relevant interest and experience in the subject matter and in doing advanced research (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • A writing sample (postgraduate thesis or publication)
  • The names and addresses of two potential referees (no actual recommendation letters required at this stage).

The first round of interviews should be scheduled in March or April. Selected candidates will initially be invited for an online interview. We kindly request that you be available (online) during this period.

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