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ERC-funded PhD studentship available

31 October 2013

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An ERC-funded PhD Studentship (Ref:1351435) is available at the Institute from January 2014. The deadline for applications is 14 November 2013.

ORACEAF: The Origins of the Acheulean in East Africa

The ERC-funded ORACEAF project is conducting a comprehensive research programme at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), based on the retrieval of fresh data derived from new laboratory and fieldwork research. The multidisciplinary character of this study is providing an integrative perspective to the analysis of the paleoecology, archaeology, geology and geochronology of the early Acheulean at Olduvai Gorge.

A PhD student is now being sought to investigate raw material acquisition strategies by Olduvai Middle Bed II hominins. The recipient of this PhD studentship will analyse the geochemical and mineralogical composition of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks from archaeological sites currently under excavation by ORACEAF, and from the surrounding areas.

Eligible applicants for this PhD position must, at the start of the position (January 2014), be in possession of either an MSc in Archaeology and/or BSc/MSc in Geology.

A strong background in quantitative methods is required while experience in dealing with volcanic rocks and/or stone tools is desirable. Students with experience in and/or willingness to explore cross-disciplinary frontiers between Earth Sciences and Archaeology are particularly welcome.

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.