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Job Vacancy: Research Assistants (ComPAg Project)

28 November 2017

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The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for three Research Assistants on the ERC-funded ComPAg Project (part-time, Ref.:1692765). The deadline for applications is 4 December 2017.

The ComPAg - Comparative Pathways to Agriculture research project, led by Dorian Fuller, aims to produce the first global comparative synthesis of the convergent evolution of domesticated plants and early agricultural systems based primarily on empirical archaeobotanical data.

Three part-time Research Assistants are now sought to sort archaeological samples for macro-botanical remains as well as keeping a clear record of the samples processed and entering this into an excel database; carrying out measurements, photography and/or scanning-electron microscopy of elected specimens.

The Research Assistants will also help to draft/write reports on these data, working with Dorian Fuller and/or post-doctoral researchers on the project. Samples will mainly derive from South Asian and African excavations, but may include other materials.

Successful candidates will be educated to graduate level in Environmental Archaeology and will have previous experience of working within a university or research environment. They will have experience of archaeobotanical laboratory work, specifically sorting macro-botanical samples, and identification of seeds.

Experience of working with crops from East Asia/South Asia/Africa and of working with parenchyma or other non-seed macro remains is desirable.

The posts are funded until the end of May 2018.

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.

The European Research Council's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.