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Four PhD Students’ Positions in Archaeological Sciences (m/f/d; E13 TV-L, 50%)

In the framework of the ERC funded project:


Tracing Hominin Occupations of and Migrations through the Levant: Reviving Paleolithic Research in Lebanon

The Paleoanthropology Workgroup at the Institute of Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen is seeking to fill 4 PhD students positions one in each of the following archaeological sciences fields: paleoanthropology, zooarchaeology, lithics analysis, geoarchaeology.

The positions will start as soon as possible and will be limited to a period of 3 years (with a possible extension for a fourth year). Salary will be according to the German public service scale E13 TV-L at 50%.

The successful applicants will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Dr. Sireen El Zaatari. The applicants will be expected to participate in all the Paleolithic related fieldwork activities that will take place in Lebanon as well as in the analysis/re-analysis of new and previously excavated material housed at various national and international institutions. The successful candidates will thus be required to travel to and have extended research stays in Lebanon and also in various other countries in Europe and in the USA.

Applicants for this position must hold a master’s degree in archaeological sciences or closely related fields. The applicants should have previous experience in the specific field they are applying to (paleoanthropology, zooarchaeology, lithics analysis, geoarchaeology). Familiarity with the Levantine Paleolithic record is particularly desired. The applicants should be fluent in the English language (written and oral). Knowledge of the Arabic language is not required, but will be considered an advantage.

Applications should be submitted electronically to the Paleoanthropology Secretary, Karin Kiessling (, and should include:

1) a cover letter (1-2 pages) clearly indicating the desired field of study (one of the four possibilities) and describing research interests, achievements, motivations, and capabilities

2) a curriculum vitae

3) academic transcripts

4) copy of the Master’s thesis

5) 2 reference letters sent directly to the e-mail address provided above

All application material should be received by February 21st, 2022.

The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given

Post-doctoral position in applying ecological niche modeling methods to the archaeological record of MIS 11 in Western Europe: Pessac, France

The advertised position is part of the NEANDROOTS project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and will have a duration of 12 months. NEANDROOTS is a multidisciplinary project, directed by Dr. Marie-Hélène Moncel of the CNRS (UMR 7194 Histoire Naturelle de l'Homme Préhistorique), whose overall aim is to understand the cultural, demographic, and ecological processes behind the emergence of the Middle Paleolithic in Western Europe during MIS 11.

Interested candidates can find more information about the project on the ANR webpage ( ). Applicants wishing to have more details on the project may also request a copy of the full project description (contact information below).

The researcher will work in the PACEA laboratory ( on the campus of the University of Bordeaux, under the scientific supervision of Dr. William Banks. The researcher will be tasked with conducting ecological niche modeling analyses for the archaeological record of MIS 11 (and potentially MIS 12 and 10) in Western Europe. The data used to estimate hominin ecological niches will be derived from analyses of archaeological and pertinent paleoenvironmental data, such that the work will be done in close collaboration with archaeologists and paleoclimatologists. The post-doctoral researcher will be responsible for disseminating the niche modeling results (e.g., writing and submitting articles), all in close collaboration with the project’s team members. Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Archaeology or very closely related fields. Candidates who are preparing a doctoral degree are eligible to apply but will be required to have obtained the Ph.D. prior to taking the appointment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in ecological theory and current ecological niche (species distribution) modeling methods.
  • Previous experience working with paleoclimatic simulation data to produce niche estimations.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish scientific research.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and publish in English.
  • Ability to work in a highly-collaborative and diverse research environment.
  • Ability to periodically travel between Bordeaux and Paris, for periods potentially up to a week in duration, in order to collaborate with other project members.

  • Multiple PhD, PostDoc and Technician Positions in the GPR "Human Past" Group- University of Bordeaux

    The GPR ‘Human Past’: our group and our research

    The GPR (Grand Programme de Recherche) ‘Human Past’ is an interdisciplinary research project supported by the University of Bordeaux's Initiative d’Excellence. ‘Human Past’ gathers ~110 researchers from 3 laboratories (PACEA, AUSONIUS, and Archéosciences Bordeaux) affiliated with the University of Bordeaux (UB) and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM). Our expertise combines Biological Anthropology, Classical and Medieval Archaeology, Prehistory, Protohistory, History, Epigraphy, Archaeometry, Geochronology and Computer Science Applications to Cultural Heritage.

    ’Human Past’ aims to document, characterize and understand the tipping points that have induced major biological and cultural changes within past human populations. Spanning a large chronological period (from Prehistory to historical times), our research aims to identify the steps that enabled a primate originally adapted to African ecosystems to evolve into a species that occupies and impacts every ecosystem on the planet. Biological and social systems will be scrutinized at different scales from a multitude of perspectives with particular attention paid to phenotypic and genetic variability, cognition, technology, social organization, belief systems, and genetic and cultural adaptive strategies that drive human societies.

    These position advertisements belong to the first part of the funding scheme, planned for 4 years.The candidate will submit their application, consisting of a letter of motivation (2 pages max.) and a CV (including list of publications, if applicable), to the supervisors mentioned in the job description, and to Adrien Pourtier (, Francesco D'Errico ( and Adeline Le Cabec (, before January 30, 2022.

    Advertised positions:
  • PhD Fellowship in Biological Anthropology (click here )
  • PhD Fellowship in Archaeoentomology (click here )
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Palaeogenomics (click here )
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Late Prehistoric Archaeology (click here)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geochronology (click here)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bone technology (click here )
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in Pigment and Residue Analysis (click here )
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Classical Archaeology (click here)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Archaeology (click here )
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Network Analysis Applied to the Spread of Innovations during the Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition (Deadline: March 21, 2022; click here )
  • Research Assistant in Archaeometry (Deadline: February 28, 2022 ; click here )
  • Research Assistant in Archaeological Data Collection (click here )
  • Research Assistant in Computer Science (click here )
  • Research Technician in Geochronology & Environment (click here )