2 PhD positions in Evolutionary Sciences (research group “Co-evolution of Tool-use and Language”)

The Humanities Center for Advanced Studies “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past” of the University of Tübingen (http://www.wordsandbones.uni-tuebingen.de) directed by Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jäger seeks to fill 2 Ph.D. student positions in Evolutionary Sciences, in the Junior Research Group on the “Co-evolution of Tool-use and Language” (m/f/d)

The student positions will start as soon as possible and run for 3 years, with a possible extension for a fourth year. Salary will be according to the German public service scale TV-L E13, 65%.

Applicants for these positions must hold a Master’s or equivalent degree in prehistoric archaeology, biomechanics, neurology, applied linguistics or a related field. The ideal applicants will have knowledge either of stone-tool knapping techniques and/OR the use of electromyography (EMG) or electroencephalography (EEG). Previous experience in any of these techniques is not a mandatory requirement but will be considered a plus.

The successful applicants will work in an interdisciplinary project focusing on human brain-hand movement coordination during prehistoric stone-tool use, and its potential association with verbal/non-verbal communication.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, CV, scans of academic transcripts, a copy of the Master thesis, and two letters of reference. Applications should be submitted electronically no later than the 1st of March 2021. Please send applications to the following email address:

The University of Tübingen wishes to enhance the share of employed women in research and teaching Individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and, having the same occupational aptitude, will be preferred. The employment will be handled by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.