Leverhulme Trust-funded PhD Studentship available

12 November 2013

Belize from the air

A PhD Studentship funded by the Leverhulme Trust (Ref:1378571) is available at the Institute from January 2014. The deadline for applications is 28 November 2013.

The Institute of Archaeology, UCL is seeking an MPhil/PhD student to undertake three years of research leading to a PhD.

The specific objectives of this PhD project, associated with a Leverhulme Trust-funded Research Project, are to examine the kinds of resources exploited, which were probably largely directed toward fuel consumption, during a period of intensive salt-processing at a site on the coast of Belize. The goal is to assess the effects spent fuel may have had on soil formation processes that led to the character of the modern landscape.

The successful candidate must be flexible, methodologically innovative, and able to contribute as a team member to field and post-excavation projects. They must have an MSc in Environmental Archaeology or equivalent; experience in analysis of plant material; botanical and taxonomic knowledge; databasing; independent research experience. It would be desirable for applicants to have experience in archaeological excavation preferably in the Maya area or the humid neotropics; knowledge of palaeoenvironmental approaches; and a willingness to work with charcoal.

The Leverhulme Trust supports “scholarships for the purposes of research and education”, operating across all academic disciplines and supporting talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.