research fellow archaeobotany


Univ. of Exeter




United Kingdom:GB



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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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    The starting salary will be from £33,943 pa pro rata within the Grade F band (£33,943 - £38,183).
    Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).
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    College of Humanities - Archaeology


    The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.


    The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tropical Archaeobotany to support the work of Professor José Iriarte (Exeter). The successful applicant will work as Postdoctoral Research Associate for the project entitled PAST 'Pre-Columbian Amazon-Scale Transformations'. This is an international, interdisciplinary project integrating a range of state-of-the-art techniques in archaeology, archaeobotany, paleoecology, soil science, botany, landscape ecology and remote sensing to investigate the influence of the late pre-Columbian (1000-1492 A.D.) land use on Amazonian forests, the impact of the 1492 Columbian Encounter (CE) and its modern legacy through the comparative study of pre-Columbian land uses in different regions of Amazonia.


    This European Research Council funded full-time, fixed term post is available from 1st September 2017 to 30 June 2018 (10 months). We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in tropical archaeobotany. The post will include participating and/or directing archaeological excavations directed at recovering plant remains and plant processing tools with the project's collaborators; undertaking phytolith, starch grain and charcoal analyses from  archaeological sites and soil-depth profiles in vegetation plots. The successful candidate will liaise closely with Exeter-based palaeoecology, remote sensing and archaeobotany/archaeology PDRAs. The project also entails participating and/or directing archaeological excavations, as well as assisting with the supervision of undergraduate, MSc and PhD student projects. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes and communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically.


    About you

    The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be an international recognised authority in tropical archaeobotany and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.


    What we can offer you

    -        Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;

    -        An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development

    -        Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career


    The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, free yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter.  If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website ( for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.



    For further information please contact Prof. José Iriarte, e-mail Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! or telephone (01392) 264513.


    Interviews are expected to take place at the start of August 2017.
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