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Application deadline : 15.06.2022
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 ) seeks to fill a position of
Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 100%) in Paleoanthropology.
The area of expertise should be human evolution, with emphasis on early hominin adaptation. A background in virtual anthropology or biomechanics is desirable. The position should start October 1st, 2022 and will be limited to 2 years.
The successful candidate should show an excellent research and publication record. He or she will be expected to contribute to the research, teaching and dissemination activities of the Center (symposia, colloquia, retreats). Requirements for the position include a Ph.D. in Human Evolution or equivalent and an outstanding research record.
Salary will be according to the German Salary System TV-L 13, 100%. 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.
Applications should be submitted electronically no later than June 15, 2022. They should include (1) a statement of research achievements and future directions (not to exceed 3 pages), (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) reprints of up to 3 key publications, (4) and the names and contact information of three referees.
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DFG-Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools,” Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jäger & Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati, Rümelinstr. 23, 72070 Tübingen
Team Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin UMR 7140, CIRB, Collège de France, Paris
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 optimising the acquisition and analysis of MALDI-ToF profiles from 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 protein biochemistry, a good knowledge of spectrometry methods and MS data analysis. Applicants with skills in bioinformatics are strongly encouraged to apply. A particular interest in anthropology and human behavioural evolution is strongly desired. Short trips abroad will need to be undertaken in order to collect the required samples (about 1/month). A good working knowledge of English is also a must.
Contact and financing This position is for two years, starting in autumn 2022 at the very latest, 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 May 31st 2022.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Francesco D'Errico (email@example.com) and Adeline Le Cabec (firstname.lastname@example.org).