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Postdoctoral Research Associate (DNA)

University of York - Department of Archaeology

Location: York
Salary: £32,817 to £38,017 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th November 2019
Closes: 14th December 2019
Job Ref: 8146


The Department of Archaeology is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work for up to 56 months on the ERC funded project “COMMIOS: Communities and Connectivities: Iron Age Britons and their Continental Neighbours”. The project is led by Professor Ian Armit.

COMMIOS will apply a combination of scientific and humanities approaches to the analysis of Iron Age communities in Britain (c. 800 BC – AD 100) within their north-west European context. It will operate at a range of scales to provide both breadth and depth of new knowledge and understanding and draws together experts in ancient DNA modelling from Harvard Medical School (Professor David Reich), AMS dating and Bayesian analysis at SUERC, University of Glasgow (Dr Derek Hamilton) and isotope analysis at the UKRI/BGS facility in Keyworth (Professor Jane Evans).


In this role, you will conduct research in the field of ancient DNA analysis under the direction of the PI and contribute to the production of research outputs.  Your duties will include: sampling, analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; and contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research. You will liaise closely with colleagues at Harvard over all aspects of ancient DNA analysis related to the project. You will interrogate DNA results as a basis for analysis, interpretation and publication and draft DNA reports on specific individuals for the use of museums and other organisations supplying the project with samples. You will also undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material. You will contribute to the development of collaborative networks both internally and externally, and attend and contribute to relevant meetings.  

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

You will hold a first degree in archaeology or a cognate discipline and a PhD in ancient DNA analysis, genetics, biochemistry and/or a relevant field of archaeological science or equivalent experience. You will have knowledge of the analysis of ancient human DNA sufficient to engage in high quality research, knowledge of a range of appropriate research techniques and methodologies and research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department’s research strategy and goals. Knowledge of funerary archaeology and/or bioinformatics is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in writing archaeological scientific reports to publication standard.

You will have highly developed oral and written communication skills to engage effectively with wide ranging audiences. You will have the experience and ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination and the ability to develop research objectives, projects, and proposals for your own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required. You will have experience and competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects, the ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds.

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Ian Armit

This post is available on a fixed term basis for up to 56 months.

For further information and to apply on-line, please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

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