School of Archaeology Job Vacancies

Current job vacancies, within the School of Archaeology.  Comprising of the Institute of Archaeology and Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA).


Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Palaeolithic Archaeology
Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

Grade 7: £30,434 - £37,394 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position to work in an exciting research project in Palaeolithic and scientific archaeology. The candidate will focus on developing a database of Palaeolithic Eurasian archaeological sites suitable for chronometric analysis using radiocarbon and OSL/TL dating. Research will take place at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, part of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art. The position is for 1 year and available from November 2014 as part of the PalaeoChron project, which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The project is led by Professor Tom Higham.

The post-holder will be responsible for producing a dataset of suitable sites for analysis by the PalaeoChron project, a literature review of the sites and regions under study, seeking permission for sampling material, sample selection and interpretation of lithic industries found in association with the material. The project focuses on the chronology of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of Eurasia and, specifically, tracing the spread of anatomically modern humans out of Africa and into Eurasia. Generating reliable dates for this process is a key focus of the project.

The candidate will have proven skills and experience in Palaeolithic archaeology and be interested in applying these skills to develop improved chronologies for Palaeolithic sites in wider Eurasia. Because most of the sites are in the Russian Federation, we require someone who can speak and read Russian fluently. In addition, experience of radiocarbon dating, particularly sample selection and laboratory pretreatment chemistry, would be a distinct advantage for the post.

The candidate will possess an excellent academic track record and have completed or nearly completed a PhD in Palaeolithic archaeology.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 31st October 2014.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=115259


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Primate Archaeology
Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

Grade 7: £30,434 - £37,394 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) to join the Primate Archaeology research group at the University of Oxford. The position is funded by a European Research Council grant to Dr Michael Haslam.

The post is a full-time appointment, for a fixed term of 12 months from 1 January 2015.

Applicants must have a PhD in Primatology, Animal Behaviour or Biological Anthropology, with field experience recording and analysing tool-use behaviour in wild non-human primates. The Primate Archaeology project examines the evolution of non-human technology through the study of tool-use in three wild primate species (chimpanzees, bearded capuchin monkeys and long-tailed macaques). The primary role of the PDRA will be to co-ordinate the project’s research into wild capuchin tool use in Brazil. The successful candidate will also assist in the design and conduct of collaborative international field projects with macaques and chimpanzees. A demonstrated track record of publications on primate tool use from a comparative, cultural or historical perspective is desirable, as is a willingness to conduct fieldwork in Brazil, and fluency in Brazilian Portuguese. Archaeological experience conducting surveys and excavations is desirable but not essential.

The successful applicant will be expected to be able to work independently to produce research of an international standard, and to collaborate with team members in Oxford and abroad.

Further details are available from Dr Michael Haslam (michael.haslam@rlaha.ox.ac.uk). Additional information about the Primate Archaeology project is available at http://primarch.arch.ox.ac.uk.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 3 October 2014.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=112933


Chemistry Laboratory Manager 

Grade 7:  £30,434 - £37,394

A post is available in the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU) at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, for a Chemistry Laboratory Manager.  The post holder will also be expected to be involved with and develop research projects. 

The primary duties will be to perform, develop and manage chemical pre-treatment for radiocarbon dating, manage a team of technicians (currently 4), and coordinate laboratory use by students and other research assistants. ORAU is involved in the extraction of organic components from archaeological and environmental samples for radiocarbon dating.  This requires the ability to work methodically and accurately, to work as part of a team and be an effective manager. The post-holder will also be expected to liaise with submitters of samples to the laboratory to ensure that the laboratory work is performed in the best possible way for each dating project.

Applicants should have a first degree and doctorate in chemistry or a closely related subject.  Experience with chemical or biochemical methods is essential, as well as basic computer skills. Familiarity with spectroscopy and chromatography would be an asset as would experience of formal quality control procedures. Previous managerial skills would also be advantageous.  An interest in archaeology or environmental science would also be welcomed.

 The position is permanent and available from October 2014.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 26th September, 2014

 Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=114754


Chemistry Laboratory Technician 

Grade 4:  £20,781 - £24,057

A post is available in the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU) at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, for a Laboratory Technician with chemistry or biochemistry training. The primary duties will be the extraction of organic components from archaeological and geological samples for radiocarbon dating.  This requires the ability to work methodically and accurately, and to work as part of a team.  There is also likely to be some involvement with research projects. 

Experience with chemical or biochemical methods is essential, as well as basic computer skills and a relevant secondary education and technical qualification. Familiarity with mass spectrometry and chromatography would be an asset. An interest in archaeology or environmental science would also be welcomed.

The position is permanent and available from September 2014.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 26th September, 2014

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=114818


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