Job Vacancies

Current vacancies at the School of Archaeology are listed below.  All vacancies are listed on the University Website.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in HPLC and Compound Specific AMS Radiocarbon Dating

The School of Archaeology, ORAU, Research Laboratory for Archaeology, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 per annum

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) to work in an analytical chemistry role specialising in the HPLC analysis of single amino acids and their radiocarbon dating at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU) at the University of Oxford. The postholder will be responsible for implementing the compound specific radiocarbon dating component and it is funded by NERC’s National Environmental Isotope Facility (NEIF) programme (, which provides state-of-the-art isotopic services to the UK’s research community. You will work with Professor Tom Higham and the ORAU team of post-doctoral researchers, technicians and administrators. 

The position is a full-time appointment, for a fixed term of 3 years and is available from December 2020.

Compound-specific approaches to radiocarbon dating are increasingly important in reliable chronometric analysis because of the much greater reliability of these methods. Single amino acid radiocarbon dates of bone collagen and well as Super-Critical Fluid chromatography and extraction are two of the principal approaches we have been using. 

Applicants must have a PhD in analytical science, chemistry or biochemistry with proven experience and strength in the day-to-day use of HPLC, with method development and application experience, and an interest in applying these skills to develop improved radiocarbon dating techniques.  Experience in the use of HPLC for analytical and preparative separation of amino acids is preferable. Experience with Super Critical Fluids would also be beneficial. 

There is no requirement for any archaeological knowledge or background, although an interest in the wider field would be useful. Full training in the ORAU’s radiocarbon dating methods and amino acid dating protocol will be provided during the initial term of the post. 

The postholder will work in an active team of 14 in the ORAU, along with students and other collaborators in Oxford. There are strong collaborative links with the Chemistry Research Laboratory in the University and staff working in this area, particularly on the developmental side of the work. We also have strong links with the Department of Earth Sciences and researchers working in mass spectrometry and compound specific approaches there.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 13 November 2020

University of Oxford, Jobs & Vacancies – Vacancy ID: 147919

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radiocarbon Dating and Project Database Development

The School of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3TG

Grade 7:  £32,817 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) to join the Human-Environment Relationships in pre-Columbian Amazonia (HERCA) project, to be based at the University of Oxford. The position is jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and is led by Frank Mayle (Co-PI, University of Reading), Eduardo G. Neves (Co-PI, University of São Paulo) and Christopher Ramsey (Co-I University of Oxford).

The post is a full-time appointment, for a fixed term of 24 months from January 2021.

Applicants must have a PhD in archaeological or environmental science or experience of radiocarbon dating. The HERCA project is focussing on the relationship between humans and environment in Amazonia during the pre-Columbian period. The first main role of the PDRA will be to work on developing the chronologies for the sites in the study through the application of radiocarbon dating.  The other key element of the post is the development of the broader project database supporting the project aims more generally.   A demonstrated track record of publications relating to chronological methods is desirable, as is experience working with large datasets.   Experience in radiocarbon dating and database management are desirable but not essential. 

The successful applicant will be expected to be able to work independently to publish research of an international standard, and to collaborate with HERCA team members in Oxford, Reading, São Paulo and other collaborating organisations.

Further details about the post are available from Christopher Ramsey (

Additional information about the context of this post within the wider HERCA project is available from Frank Mayle ( and the project website

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 20 November 2020.

University of Oxford, Jobs & Vacancies – Vacancy ID: 147705