Palaeoanthropology Research Associate (Fixed Term)
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 48 months in the first
Applications are invited for a 48-month Research Associate in
PALAEOANTHROPOLOGY on the NG'IPALAJEM Project, funded by the ERC. The project
aims at exploring Pleistocene human evolution in East Africa and contextualise
our lineage ecologically and chronologically as part of a broader and longer
African evolutionary landscape. The project is led by Prof. Marta Mirazón
Lahr. Further information about the project and its collaborative partners can
be found at: https: // www. palaeotrails.org/current-projects/ngipalajem/
As part of the NG'IPALAJEM team, the successful candidate will contribute to
both project-wide and role-specific tasks. In terms of the project, he/she
will assist the PI in (1) the running of the project; (2) the
implementation of the project's research, communication and scientific
strategy; (3) the development of the project's database(s); and (4)
participate in all of the project's fieldwork in the Turkana Basin, both in
its preparation and implementation. In relation to role-specific
responsibilities, he/she will be expected to (1) take a leading role on the
palaeoanthropological field exploration of the new Turkana localities, (2)
work with the PI describing and analysing the hominin remains from Turkana,
(3) contribute to building a collection of 3D models of all
palaeoanthropological remains from these localities; (4) carry out
comparisons to relevant human and hominin fossils in museum collections,
including in the context of late Early Pleistocene Homo and the last
paranthropines, and (5) work with the PI and other project members towards
meta-analyses that contribute to our understanding of hominin diversity prior
to the origins of modern humans. Besides scientific writings, he/she will also
be expected to contribute to the writing of reports and the supervision of
student projects working in association with the project.
Key essential skills include (1) a PhD degree in biological
anthropology/palaeoanthropology or evidence that a PhD thesis has been
submitted and/or will be obtained soon after starting the post-doctoral
fellowship; (2) a strong research record and experience in African human
palaeontology; (3) familiarity and experience with methods of 3D
morphometric capture and quantitative analysis; (4) experience in anatomical
description of fossil specimens; (5) evidence of ability to synthesise and
systematise data. Familiarity with aspects of Pleistocene African prehistory
and non-hominin palaeontology, knowledge of other languages (particularly of
Swahili), experience with relational databases, and a valid driver's licence
are desirable skills.
The successful applicant will be based at the Leverhulme Centre for Human
Evolutionary Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, and
be prepared to spend time abroad - for the project's fieldwork in Turkana, and
in museums, particularly NMK, for the collection of data.
Starting date: As soon as possible after appointment and no later than 1st
December 2022. Interviews of selected candidates will be held online in early
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will
be required to undergo a health assessment.
We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME
background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this
level in our department.
Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment
system (if you have not already) and apply online.
Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, and the name and email of
All enquiries should be addressed to: Prof. Marta Mirazón Lahr,
Please quote reference JC32946 on your application and in any correspondence
about this vacancy.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and
encourages applications from all sections of society.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible
to live and work in the UK.
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
31 August 2022
28 September 2022