Job Vacancy: Research Assistant in Archaeometallurgy

5 January 2018

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The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Research Assistant on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project 'Lordship and Landscape in East Anglia AD 400-800' (Ref.:1705514). The deadline for applications is 24 January 2018.

The project, led by Christopher Scull, investigates pathways to social and economic complexity in post-Roman Britain through analysis of the Central Places where power was exercised and the socio-economic networks that sustained them.

A full-time research assistant in archaeometallurgy is sought who will be responsible for the recording, sampling, analysis and reporting of the materials science characterisation of archaeometallurgical remains from high-status early medieval sites in Suffolk. These are likely to include both precious metals and copper-alloy artefacts and coins, as well as production waste.

Specific duties will include: Macroscopic description and photography of relevant artefacts; preparation and analyisis of polished blocks by optical microscopy and SEM-EDS; collation of published data for comparative purposes and writing of analytical reports and manuscript drafts for publication. For these duties, the post-holder will work in collaboration with Marcos Martinon-Torres and/or other researchers on the project.

The successful candidate will be educated to graduate level in archaeology and/or materials science. They will be familiar with the handling and documentation of archaeological artefacts and have experience of preparing polished blocks of inorganic material. They will also have experience with optical microscopy and SEM-EDS of archaeological materials and experience in the use of portable XRF.

The post is available from 1 April 2018 and is funded for 12 months in the first instance.