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PhD opportunities in archaeology: archives 2019

University of Fribourg
project “Religious competition in Late Antiquity: A Laboratory of New Categories, Taxonomies and Methods”
2 Doctoral positions (100%) in Ancient History
(with a focus on the history of ancient religions)
Topics of the PhD dissertations
1. The first PhD dissertation will focus on the construction of the notion of “liturgy” in the Greek and Latin sources of Late Antiquity. Among the questions relevant to this topic are: How did Christian liturgy gain a new meaning in the context of religious competition between pagans, Jews, and Christian? And consequently, how did religious competition influence the construction of discourses and rituals in a given city or province of the Empire?
2. The second PhD dissertation will examine the use of religious classifications in the writings of Late antique historians (in particular Eusebius of Caesarea, Ammianus Marcellinus, Sozomen, Theodoretus of Cyrus, Socrates of Constantinople, Zosimus). The aim is to clarify how these authors developed classifications for religious practises in the Roman world.
Closing date: 24 March 2019

University of Copenhagen
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre
PhD in Population Genomics
it would be optimal if the candidate has previous experience working with genomic data from ancient and modern humans along with experience in generating data from ancient samples.
Closing date: 21 March 2019

Flinders University
“Early human dispersal into Southeast Asia: identifying the key environmental drivers”
2 x PhD Scholarships in Geoarchaeology
Closing date: 15 March 2019

University of Iceland
project ‘Emotion and the Medieval Self in Northern Europe’
PhD scholarship
Closing date: 15 March 2019

Universität Basel
Doktoratsprogramm Altertumswissenschaften = Department of Ancient Civilizations
1 Startstipendium = PhD scholarship
Closing date: 14 March 2019

University of Copenhagen
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
1) PhD fellowship in human population and quantitative genetics
Inferring patterns of natural selection and complex trait evolution using ancient DNA. Research topics can include: 1) Utilizing trait-association data from metabolic, neurological and anthropometric studies to learn about the evolution of complex traits in ancient genomes from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age; 2) Developing methods to detect genes under positive selection when working with multiple populations related to each other in complex ways; 3) Searching for functional variants that were positively selected in humans over time during major cultural transitions, like the advent of agriculture; 4) Testing among different models of evolution on trait-associated variants over time.
2) PhD fellowship in population genetics and human evolution
We are particularly interested in ancient human evolution, and in modeling the joint history of Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans over time. Research topics can include: 1) Modeling spatio-temporal patterns of Neanderthal and Denisovan introgression across the world; 2) Characterizing adaptively important genes introduced into the human gene pool via archaic adaptive introgression, and their implications for the prevalence of diseases in ancient and modern times; 3) Searching for signals of admixture from unsampled deeply-splitting populations in the genomes of modern and archaic hominins.
Closing date: 13 March 2019

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
in den Fächern Ägyptologie/Sudanarchäologie, in einem archäologischen Fach oder in Architektur, Stadtplanung bzw. Bauforschung/Denkmalpflege
Closing date: 12 March 2019

KU Leuven
Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the Greek department
Doctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Literature
on a project on the political application of biblical exegesis at the Byzantine court of the ninth to eleventh centuries.
Closing date: 10 March 2019

ITN “SeaChanges: Thresholds in human exploitation of marine vertebrates”
15 fully-funded PhD studentships
ESR 1: Using ancient DNA to discover the legacy of historic Atlantic cod exploitation (Oslo)
ESR 2: Noise into signal: identification challenges and the medieval fishing revolution (Cambridge)
ESR 3: Tracing the early origins the Atlantic herring trade using ancient DNA (Oslo)
ESR 4: Flatfish and the origins of European Marine fishing (York)
ESR 5: Tracking the decline of salmon in the North Sea basin (York)
ESR 6: Sedimentary fish archives and diadromous taxa (Copenhagen)
ESR 7: Impacts of industrial whaling: scale, ecological and evolutionary legacies (Groningen)
ESR 8: Exploitation of Atlantic walruses by European whalers, c. AD 1600 to 1900 (Groningen)
ESR 9 : Scrimshaw: unlocking the cultural and biological archive of sea mammal art (Cambridge)
ESR 10: Hindcasting to forecast: archaeobiology of the European hake fisheries (CSIC-Vigo)
ESR 11: Current and historical threats to dolphins in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean (CSIC-Vigo)
ESR 12: Exploring the correlations between environmental/ecological drivers and past/contemporary genetic diversity of Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna populations (Bologna)
ESR 13: Foraging ecology and catch size in Mediterranean groupers before and after the rise of coastal urbanism, c. 2500 BC – AD 500 (Groningen)
ESR 14: Green sea turtle population dynamics and foraging ecology in the ancient Mediterranean (Groningen)
ESR 15: Exploitation and collapse of the Black Sea marine fauna (Copenhagen)
Closing date: 8 March 2019

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
im Bereich der übergeordneten Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, im Besonderen der Redaktion der Online-Berichtsmedien durch redaktionelle Bearbeitung der Berichte; in Archäologie oder Altertumswissenschaften
Closing date: 8 March 2019

UCD School of Archaeology
PhD Scholarship in Medieval Archaeology
Closing date: 1 March 2019

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Department of Archaeology
PhD position on Olduvai Gorge
in, Human Evolutionary Studies, Palaeolithic Archaeology, and Lithic Technology
Closing date: 1 March 2019 (or open until filled)

St Cross College (Oxford)
Graduate Scholarship in Archaeology
Closing date: 1 March 2019

University of Stavanger
Museum of Archaeology
research cluster (Biological Environmental and Archaeological inter-disciplinary research on life-course, Material and materiality in human depositions)
research fellowship in archaeometry and/or conservation science
Materials and themes from the Medieval Period are particularly relevant.
Closing date: 28 February 2019

University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
PhD Studentship: “Mosslands in Early Modern Lancashire: Carbon, Community and Conservation, 1500-1800”
Closing date: 25 February 2019

University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities
2 PhD scholarships
within the subject areas of Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin and History
Closing date: 25 February 2019

University of Cambridge
Cambridge Heritage Research Centre and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
project ‘Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact’
PhD Studentship in Heritage Studies
Closing date: 24 February 2019

University of Aberdeen
“Why you aren’t always what you eat: Exploring the influence of dietary macro-nutrient composition on diet-tissue 15N-enrichment and the implications for palaeodietary reconstruction”
This inter-disciplinary studentship will undertake primary research into the impact of dietary macro-nutrient composition on diet-tissue enrichment, including the collating and re-evaluating of data from the archaeological and clinical/ecological literature, and the generation of new experimental data from controlled feeding experiments.
Closing date: 22 February 2019

University of Cambridge
project “ENCOUNTER: Demography, Cultural change, and the Diffusion of Rice and Millet during the Jomon-Yayoi transition in prehistoric Japan”
PhD Studentship
analyse pollen records to reconstruct vegetation and land-cover change in the Japanese archipelago during the Jomon and Yayoi periods and explore its relation to subsistence and demographic changes.
Closing date: 22 February 2019

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Abteilung Kairo
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
im Bereich der wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeit an epigraphischen Publikations-, Zeichen- und Datenbankarbeiten für das Projekt „Medienuniversum Aswan“.
Closing date: 19 February 2019

University of Neuchâtel (UniNE)
PhD Position in Analytical Chemistry/ Conservation Science
to work in developing and optimizing alternative green treatments for the preservation of metallic heritage at the interface of analytical chemistry and art conservation.
Closing date: 18 February 2019

Södertörn University
Baltic and Eastern European Graduate School (BEEGS)
research area of Historical studies
Doctoral studentship in Archaeology
Closing date: 18 February 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University
PhD Scholarship: “Rethinking the Country House Garden, 1750-1850: Creation and Consumption”
collaborative project between Manchester Met and English Heritage focusing on the Georgian gardens at two important houses managed by English Heritage
Closing date: 18 February 2019

Ulster University
Funded PhD Opportunity “Surfaces, places, messages: constructing place and identity through urban mark-making”;1d80ea49.1901
Closing date: 18 February 2019

Erasmus University Rotterdam
“Positively Shocking! The Redistributive Impact of Mass Mortality through Epidemic Diseases and Violent Conflict in Early Modern Northwest Europe”
PhD position: “The kids are alright: epidemics and the prospects of the young in the early modern Low Countries”
Closing date: 16 February 2019

ED-ARCHMAT European Joint Doctorate in Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Material Science
“Agricultural practices and environmental changes in the Phoenician-Punic Western Mediterranean during 8-5th century BC: a novel multidisciplinary approach”
Closing date: 15 February 2019

Cyprus Institute (CyI)
Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC)
Intern in Human Osteoarchaeology
Closing date: 15 February 2019

Initial Training Network project entitled Cultural Heritage Analysis for New Generations – CHANGE
15 Early Stage Researcher (Early Stage Researcher)
NTNU – Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
CH-ESR1 = PhD in Imaging Techniques for Cultural Heritage Artifacts
CH-ESR2 = PhD in Image Quality
CH-ESR3 = PhD in Computer Vision
Swiss National Museum
CH-ESR12= Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher position in “Image analysis”
research on glass deterioration and its monitoring. The investigation will concern historical glass objects (dated from 17th to 20th centuries) with a problematic and instable conservation state.
Haute Ecole Arc
PhD in materials science or in imaging and intelligence techniques for Cultural Heritage Artifacts
Closing date: 15 February 2019

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Abteilung Rom
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
in Klassischer Archäologie, Spätantiker bzw. Byzantinischer Archäologie oder in Vor- und Frühgeschichtlicher Archäologie; im Bereich der wissenschaftlichen Projekte der Abteilung Rom im Rahmen der Transformationspartnerschaft Nordafrika (TRAFOPA).
Closing date: 14 February 2019

University of Birmingham
Humanities Research Programme: “Interdisciplinary approaches to China and Inner Asia”
PhD project
to study some aspect of the period c. 600-1400, focusing on relationships between political units such as the Turks, Tang, Uyghurs, Liao, Koryo, Five Dynasties, Song and Xi Xia, and bringing to bear a range of approaches and insights that may include prosopographical methods and combinations of textual and archaeological materials, to study topics such as non-elites, resource extraction, cities, state formation, and chronologies.
Closing date: 10 February 2019

University of Edinburgh
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
PhD scholarships
Closing date: 8 / 15 February 2019 (i.e. extended from 25 January 2019)

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Exzellenzcluster „Religion und Politik. Dynamiken von Tradition und Innovation“
FB 08 / Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
Teilprojekt A3-1 „Deathscapes im östlichen mediterranen Raum: Memorialorte und ihre politische Instrumentalisierung im Mittelalter“
wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
im Bereich der Byzantinistik, Christlichen Archäologie oder mittelalterlichen Geschichte
Closing date: 8 February 2019

University of Reading
“The domestication of Amazon rainforests by pre-Columbian societies”
primary: &
Closing date: 1 February 2019 (i.e. extended from 25 January 2019)

UiT The arctic University of Norway
Tromsø University Museum
project “Jomon Environmental Archaeology and diet, and a comparison with N Scandinavian Hunter-gatherers-fishers”
PhD Candidate in environmental archaeology
Closing date: 1 February 2019

University of Vienna
Department of Near Eastern Studies
“Repetition, parallelism and creativity: an inquiry into the construction of meaning in Ancient Mesopotamian literature and erudition” (REPAC)
Doctoral student in Assyriology
Main focus of the research will be the development of patterns of meaning through analogical reasoning in Ancient Mesopotamian divinatory compendia.
Closing date: 31 January 2019 (i.e. extended from 15 January 2019)

Universität Würzburg
DFG-Forschungsgruppe 2757 “Lokale Selbstregelungen im Kontext schwacher Staatlichkeit in Antike und Moderne”
Teilprojekt D (Alte Geschichte) “Lokale Selbstorganisierung, urbane Zivilgesellschaft und kirchliche Geltungsansprüche: Alexandreia und Antiocheia im Römischen Reich”
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiter
Closing date: 31 January 2019

University of Aberdeen
1) “Disentangling palaeodiet: Modern and archaeological case studies in compound-specific nitrogen isotope analysis – QUADRAT”
2) “Chronology and Changing Cultures on the Mongolian Steppe – QUADRAT”
Closing date: 31 January 2019

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
16 PhD positions
for 14 projects as listed below
01 “Ancient proteins as indicators of climatic and evolutionary change”. Involved subjects: Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Palaeoenvironments, Palaeontology, Geoscience.
02 “Co-estimating Human Mobility and Language Dispersal with Ancient DNA and Linguistic Data”. Involved subjects: Population Genetics, Linguistics, Spatial Modeling, Demographic history.
03 “A comprehensively analysis of microorganisms and viruses from ancient samples using minion sequencing techniques”. Involved subjects: Bioinformatics, Archaeogenetics.
04 “Contact and change in the diversification of the Indo-Iranic languages”. Involved subjects: Historical Comparative Reconstruction, Language Evolution.
05 “Cross Linguistic Strategies of Denotation. Advancing data and methods in lexical typology”. Involved subjects: Historical Linguistics, Language Evolution, Cognition.
06 “Dog-Human Cooperation – A Comparative Approach”. Involved subjects: Comparative Psychology, Animal Cognition, Communication, Cooperation.
07 “Environments and the Palaeolithic Cultures of Central Europe”. Involved subjects: Archaeology, Earth Sciences.
08 “Eurasian Corridors of Communication – Fruits, Crops, and Words”. Involved subjects: Historical Comparative Reconstruction, Contact Linguistics, Linguistic Palaeontology, Archaeobotany, Isotope Analysis.
09 “The evolution and diversification of the Caucasian languages”. Involved subjects: Historical Linguistics, Language Evolution, Caucasian Languages.
10 “Evolution of Nonverbal Communication – Music and the Voice”. Involved subjects: Cognitive Neuroscience, Communication, Genetics, Linguistics, Psychology.
11 “Functional morphology and variability of the auditory system – frameworks in the search for human speech evolution”. Involved subjects: Physical Anthropology, Zoology, Audiology, Hearing Physiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, Radiology.
12 “Late Bronze Age Kuckenburg – settlement, burial ground, fortification and-or place of sacrifice?” Involved subjects: Archaeology, Isotopes Analysis, Archaeogenetics, Archaebotanic, Archaezoology.
13 “Domestication of Perennial Plants – Evolution and Dispersal”. Involved subjects: Archaeobotany, Evolutionary Ecology, History, Agronomics, Palaeontology, Plant Biology.
14 “Reconstructing lost worlds – Quaternary continental Ostracoda as tools in geoarchaeology”. Involved subjects: Micropalaeontology, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimate.
Closing date: 31 January 2019

University of East Anglia
PhD Studentship: “The Spatial Extent of Warm and Cool Periods during the Last Two Thousand Years”
Climate reconstructions will focus on the geographical extent of warming and cooling over the whole time period and for different epochs. You will assess the extent of warmth during the Roman and Medieval periods in comparison with modern warmth, and the extent of cooling that follows volcanic eruptions.
Closing date: 28 January 2019

University of Queensland
“Historical Archaeology of Australian South Sea Islanders Lived Identities”;1320026d.1812
Closing date: 27 January 2019

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Institut für Altorientalistik und Vorderasiatische Archäologie
Lehrstuhl für Vorderasiatischen Archäologie
wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
Closing date: 25 January 2019

Universitat de Barcelona
Early stage researcher (PhD position) in Psychoacoustics and Virtual Reality
Research Line 2: The psychoacoustics of rock art landscapes./ Research Line 3: Neuropsychology and emotion in rock art landscapes.
Closing date: 25 January 2019

University of Oslo
Museum of Cultural History
Doctoral fellowship in Archaeology
within the field of Nordic Archaeology
Closing date: 25 January 2019 (i.e. extended from 13 January 2019)

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
IT-Referat der Zentrale
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
im Rahmen des Drittmittelprojekts „GELEHRTE, AUSGRÄBER UND KUNSTHÄNDLER: Die Korrespondenz des Instituto die Corrispondenza Archeologica als Wissensquelle und Netzwerkindikator“
Closing date: 21 January 2019 (originally 14 January 2019?)

Sveučilište u Zagrebu
Filozofski fakultet
project “Understanding Roman Borders: the Case of the Eastern Adriatic” (AdriaRom)
Closing date: 21 January 2019

University of Warwick
“Oceanic island museomics: human impact and the natural laboratory paradigm”
Closing date: 21 January 2019

University of Kent
Studentship: “Global Perspective on Environmental Heritage: Sustainable Design and Architectural Heritage in Post-colonial Sudan”
Closing date: 20 January 2019

University of Sussex
School of History, Art History and Philosophy
project ‘Making African Connections from Sussex and Kent Museums: Decolonial Futures for Colonial Collections’
Research Assistant in Digital Archiving
One of the project’s major outputs will be the creation of a digital archive based on the digitization of a minimum 600 artefacts.
Closing date: 15 January 2019

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science
Fellowships and Research Associate Appointments
Closing date: 15 January 2019

University of Southampton
PhD Studentship: “Landscape change in Northern Norway: impacts of climate, biotic interactions and anthropogenic disturbance”
Closing date: 12 January 2019

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Kommission für Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen (KAAK Bonn)
Schwerpunktprogramm (SPP) „Entangled Africa; Innerafrikanische Beziehungen zwischen Regenwald und Mittelmeer“
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
Closing date: 11 January 2019 (expired?)

University of Glasgow
“Tracing Iron Sources and Artefacts in Viking-Age Scotland”
Closing date: 11 January 2019

Open University
Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Baron Thyssen PhD Studentship In Ancient Material Religion
Closing date: 11 January 2019

University of Oxford
1) “Mass communication before printing: coin circulation in the Roman world”
2) Khalili Research Centre
I.M. Pei Graduate Scholarship in Islamic Art and Architecture
Closing date: 11 January 2019

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
in den Altertumswissenschaften, Schwerpunkt Vor- und Frühgeschichte; Die wissenschaftliche Hilfstätigkeit dient dem Erwerb von Kompetenzen und der praxisnahen Weiterbildung im Bereich der Konzeption, Organisation, Durchführung und kulturhistorischen Einordnung von wissenschaftlichen Projekten.
Closing date: 10 January 2019

University of Sheffield
“Why do we eat wheat? Co-evolution of people and plants in the Fertile Crescent”
Closing date: 9 January 2019

University of York
“Resolving the timescale of south-central African palaeoenvironments and their impact on human behaviour and evolution”
Closing date: 9 January 2019

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
project “A powerful city. Alexandria in Greek and Roman Egypt”
junior onderzoeker
Closing date: 8 January 2019

Coventry University
Visual Arts Research Centre
“The Reception and Reinvention of the Medieval in Art, Architecture and Heritage” PhD Studentship
Closing date: 7 January 2019

University of Exeter
“The predictability and perils of woolly mammoth hunting during the European Gravettian”
Closing date: 7 January 2019

Cardiff University
PhD Studentship “Rocky coast geomorphology: the key to unlocking our archaeological heritage”
Closing date: 7 January 2019

University of Erfurt
Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg)
project “Religion and Urbanity: reciprocal formations”
2 doctoral positions for Ph.D. projects in the fields of History and History of Religion
Closing date: 6 January 2019

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