Animal bone fragments from archaeological excavations can be taxonomically identified by digesting the bone collagen, and obtaining peptide mass fingerprints through MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry (known as Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry or ZooMS).
The proposed position is aimed at applying ZooMS to Palaeolithic bone collections stored in various museums and/or universities across Europe, in order to recognise unidentified human remains as well as reconstruct behavioural patterns.
The candidate will join a team involved in several international projects and should have prior training and experience in archaeological science, human osteology or zooarchaeology, preferably in a lab setting. Applicants with experience in collagen extraction are strongly encouraged to apply, but training in ZooMS will also be provided. A particular interest in anthropology and human behavioural evolution is strongly desired. Short trips abroad (across Europe) will need to be undertaken in order to collect the required samples. A good working knowledge of English is also a must.
This position is for two years, starting in autumn 2022, and the salary will be adjusted according to experience. Candidates must submit a CV, a list of publications, a brief description of their scientific interests and the names of two referees by September 5th 2022.
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