Research Assistant Comparative Kingship Project

University of Aberdeen - School of Geosciences, Archaeology

The department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen seeks to appoint a Research Assistant as part of the five year Leverhulme funded Comparative Kingship: the early medieval Kingdoms of Northern Britain and Ireland project. The Comparative Kingship project will examine four early medieval polities in Ireland and Scotland, adopting an innovative interdisciplinary focus that tackles the formation of the socio-political landscapes of these regions utilizing archaeological, historical, toponymic and palaeoenvironmental methodologies along with Bayesian-modelled chronologies. The project will produce an integrated and comparative study of the evidence from three kingdoms: Munster, Ireland; Dál Riata, Northern Ireland/Scotland and Pictland, Scotland. Surveys and excavations will be carried out at four high status/royal landscapes: Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; Burghead, in Moray, Scotland, Cashel in County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland and Dunseverick, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Four positions are associated with the project. This position, a 4 year Research Assistant will help the Principal Investigator direct the excavation and survey work, create project databases and contribute to project monographs. The successful candidate will also be trained in Bayesian analysis by Derek Hamilton of SUERC and will work with museum collections to date and re-date important early medieval sites and assemblages. 

The successful candidate will have; Undergraduate and MSc qualifications in Archaeology or relevant professional experience, a clear track record of coordinating and supervising fieldwork, post-excavation and report writing, knowledge of Scottish and Irish archaeology of the first millennium AD and its broader context, advanced IT skills including; ArcGIS, illustration software and database creation and management.

Salary will be at £26,829 per annum on the Grade 5 salary scale.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

At this post is subject to external funding from the Leverhulme Trust it will be available for 4 years.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Gordon Noble, e-mail:, 01224 272333

This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa.   We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

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The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12 May 2017

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