The Department of Archaeological Sciences, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, is looking for a PhD Candidate in the field of Archaeological Science to join a project funded the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and carried out at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.
The Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, seeks to appoint a full-time PhD candidate to carry out research at the thematic intersection of Bioarchaeology, Isotope Geochemistry, and Computer Science. The successful candidate will join the Department of Archaeological Sciences and Bioarchaeology Research Group of our Faculty, and will be appointed as a guest researcher at the Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The research should lead you to obtain a PhD within a four-year timeframe (1.0 FTE).
The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr. Jason E. Laffoon (PI), Associate Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, and Dr. Lisette Kootker, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The PhD candidate’s research is part of the NWO-funded Vidi project: PastPorts: tracking migrant origins with an integrated isotopic approach.
The PastPorts project will focus on two connected overarching goals: 1) Conducting fundamental research assessing the isotopic ecology of the Caribbean region; and 2) Determining the geographic origins of ancient migrants. These goals will be achieved by refining and integrating several cutting-edge advances in isotope analyses, modelling spatial variation of multiple isotopes using machine learning approaches (isoscapes), and predicting individual origins using quantitative geographic assignment approaches. Recent research, including pioneering studies led by the applicant, have demonstrated the potential of these methods to identify the geographic origins of migrants with increasing precision.
The PastPorts project is divided into three interconnected subprojects:
SP1: Developing Multiple Isoscapes
SP2: Predicting migrant origins
SP3: Understanding Migration Life Histories
The successful candidate will be expected to lead subproject 1, under the supervision of the PI and in collaboration with other team members, and make substantive contributions to subprojects 2 and 3.
- The selected candidate will be appointed for 4 years in total: initially for a 1 year trial period, followed by an extension of 3 more years, in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
- The salary is the standard offered to PhD researchers in the Netherlands in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (P scale: P0 to P3 = €2770 - €3539 gross per month).
- Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.
- All our PhD students are embedded in the Graduate School of Archaeology. Our graduate school and Leiden University offer several PhD training courses at various levels.