Job Vacancy: Research Assistant

10 January 2014


The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Research Assistant on the NERC-funded 'Evolution of Rice Systems Project' (part-time, Ref.:1393585). The deadline for applications is 24 January 2014.

Understanding the development, diversification and spread of rice agriculture is central, not only to understanding the processes of human population growth, dispersal and formation of civilizations in Asia, but also to the reconstruction of how past agricultural activities might have impacted global climate through methane emissions and deforestation.

A part-time (40%) Research Assistant is now sought for the Evolution of Rice Systems research project, led by Dorian Fuller, to sort archaeological samples for macro-botanical remains, keeping a clear record of the samples processed and entering this into an excel database. The successful candidate will work closely with postdoctoral fellows on this project. Samples will mainly derive from South East Asian or Chinese excavations. 

Candidates should be educated to graduate level in Environmental Archaeology and have experience of archaeobotanical laboratory work, specifically sorting macro-botanical samples from Tropical Asia.

The post is available for 9 months in the first instance.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the very few places in the world that is actively pursuing research on a truly global scale and has an outstanding record training doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

NERC invests in world-class environmental science, innovation and training for the UK and co-ordinates some of the world's most exciting research projects, tackling major issues such as climate change, environmental influences on human health, and much more.