Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Bioarchaeology ( STARC_PDF_19_04)

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and post graduate education. CyI, through its established research centers, addresses challenging issues that are important at both the regional and international levels. Many of its research activities are being carried out in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas.

The selected Postdoctoral Fellow will be supporting the Principal Investigator (PI)/Project Coordinator (CO) in carrying out the research activities the coordination and implementation of the RPF funded project Face to Face: Meet an Ancient Cypriot-project. The Cyprus Institute is the Host Organisation (HO) of the FF-MAC project, including partner organisations from academia, enterprises, governmental organisations, as well as other interested organisations.

The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out research on human bioarchaeology, aiming at construction of osteobiographies and related ancient life stories, as well as for coordinating and implementing other project activities under the direct supervision of the CO of the project.

The Project:

The Face to Face: Meet an Ancient Cypriot (FF-MAC) – project is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) and involves a quadruple helix consortium of academia, enterprises, governmental services and policy makers, and societal stakeholders, with a project budget of over 1 million Eur. The overall aim of the project is to increase the appeal and accessibility of cultural heritage for tourism through encounters with real individuals from the Cypriot past, based on bioarchaeological research leading to construction of osteobiographies, ancient life stories, and visitor encounters with real, individual life stories from the past. The project involves an integrated intervention through research, and technological and innovation activities for addressing important challenges in the relevant sector.

The appointment will be on a full time basis, initially for a fixed-term period, with the potential of renewal depending on performance and availability of funds.


The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

-Contributing to bioarchaeological research within the scope of FF-MAC
-Contributing to osteo- and odontobiographies (including e.g. dental histology) and their translation into evocative life stories
-Supporting FF-MAC CO in all matters related to the project
-Contributing to the organising and executing the testing and improvement of the prototypes for tourism products, experiences, and services, inspired by the ancient life stories
-Contributing to creating and monitoring FF-MAC project website content
-Assisting the CO and consortium partner representatives in preparing regular reports
-Organising and executing dissemination under the direct supervision of CO

Required Qualifications

-A PhD degree in Human Bioarchaeology/Physical Anthropology/Biological Anthropology or cognate fields, with specialisation on domains relevant to FF-MAC and the human bioarchaeological research required
-Minimum one year of postdoctoral research experience
-Minimum two research publications as a co-author or lead-author
-Experience in giving presentations to audiences of varying sizes and backgrounds
-Conference participation and presentations
-Ability/knowledge to produce osteo- and odonto- biographies
-Proven knowledge and/or experience in dental histology
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a multicultural, multinational environment
-High level organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
-Ability to write reports
-High degree of numeracy and attention to detail
-Highly motivated with the ability to work independently
-Ability to work to multiple and tight deadlines
-Excellent knowledge of the English language both verbal and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience in synchrotron radiation enabled bioarchaeology
-Experience on tomography, and/or visualization
-Project management
-Research innovation/commercialization activities


For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute JobBoard ( based on the instructions given. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including a letter of interest and a list of three references (including contact information) (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Dr Kirsi Lorentz, ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

Reference letters: 3

Contact person: Dr Kirsi Lorentz

Reference number: STARC_PDF_19_04